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The 5 Lakes Trail is a 6.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Zermatt, Valais, Switzerland that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is best used from June until October.

Length 6.6 mi Elevation gain 1,591 ft Route type Loop

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Great hike, but busy. For the most part it is clear where to follow the path, but be careful with the signage if you venture off the clear gravel path onto the smaller trails. You can end up walking for a lot longer than 3 hours. Also- there is opportunity to walk from Sunnega down to Zermatt - takes about an extra 1.5-2 hr depending on the route. You can also do this as a point to point from from Blauherd to Sunnegga and make the hike almost entirely downhill. No shade, so it can be hiked earlier in the season because it is almost entirely on a south facing slope. There are delicate Alpine meadows, so stay on the trail. Definitely get there early if you want no crowds and the possibility of reflections in the lakes.

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Ekaterina Mashina
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Excellent hiking with a view of Matterhorn. I did it 3 times already and it is fantastic!

Cath Brazil
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Another great hike, moderately easy. Walking through little village a real treat.

Ryan B
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Hiking

Great hike- for the most part, clear where to follow the path, but be careful with the signage if you venture off the clear gravel path onto the smaller trails. You can end up walking for a lot longer than 3 hours. Also- there is opportunity to walk from Sunnega down to Zermatt - takes about an extra 1.5-2 hr depending on the route

David Rader
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Did this hike in completed fog so didn't see a think except the zillions of people starting out at the same time from the ride up from Zermatt to Blauherd.. If you want solitude, don't do this hike.

Leroy Baldwin
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Hiked it from the bottom up to Blauherd starting at 11am First 1/3rd of the way I didn’t see a single person. Last 2/3rds I ran into more people but not an overwhelming number. All 5 lakes were unique and pretty. I’d recommend hiking it this way if you want to go easier on your knees.

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Dan Luckenbill
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Justin Barnes
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We did this not as a loop, but instead starting from Blauherd and ending at Sunnegga, so that the hike is mostly downhill. The views and the surroundings are 5 stars - my 4 stars is because the signs on the trails giving "directions" are not remotely helpful, and actively unhelpful. Because the hike is a loop, there will always be signs pointing opposite directions (because you could have come from one direction or the other, and the signs don't know which). Moreover, there are signs to the various lakes (Stelisee, Grindjsee, Grunsee, etc.), and those signs often point in different directions than the "5 lakes trail" signs, making things even more troublesome. My suggestion is to use the Alltrails App, so you can line up where you're standing with where the trail theoretically goes. Also, if all else fails, ignore the signs for the trail, and just follow the signs for the lakes - in this order - Stelisee, Grindjisee, Grunsee, Mosjesee, Leisee. And frankly, if you just went to Stelisee, Grindjisee, and then back to Leisee (where the funicular at Sunnegga is), that'd be a great hike in its own right, without a lot of the downhill to Grunsee, which is at the bottom of the valley, across the river from the other 4 lakes.

Christopher Morgan
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if you were looking for a hike with lots of shade and single track trails with limited traffic, then this 5-star hike is not your hike. A good portion of the hike is above the tree line (Alpine) and half the hike is on truck roads. what make this a 5-star hike is the majestic views. Recommend starting early to avoid the crowds.

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Karla Sanchez
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Hiking

I took the transport to Blauherd and walked it that way. There was no snow. There were only a few muddy patches - it’s unclear why it’s officially closed. Morning reflection if the first lake magnificent. Matterhorn views all around!! Why go to Gornergrat? About half is more of a road than a trail. I then hiked all the way down to Zermatt through Findel.

Adam Hopkins
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Good moderate difficulty trail. No shade, so it can be hiked earlier in the season because it is almost entirely on a south facing slope. There are delicate Alpine meadows, so stay on the trail. Definitely get there early if you want no crowds and the possibility of reflections in the lakes. Also, the lakes were pretty small, except for the highest altitude one. Looks like there are good spur trails off this one at the end that could add to the fun.

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Gina Bardy
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Hiking

Fabulous views of the Matterhorn. Hiked early season, the day the trail opened. Nice elevation changes. Only part that wasn’t perfect was a stretch on a barren gravel road, but the constant presence of the Matterhorn made up for that!

Mika Rockholt
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Rosmarijn V.
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Ste S.
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Robin Sulmann
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Jae K
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Nina Gab
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Steve Bean
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Eva Alessandroni
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John Hargreaves
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Brenda Blend
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Reggiel Z
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Zach Steinhart
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Rémy D.
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Evan Wehmeyer
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Sergeant L.
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Frank D
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Michel Hales
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Cori H.
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Lorena Devlyn
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