JORISEEN LAKE & JORIHORN SUMMIT HIKE IN DAVOS
An epic 12km loop trail that takes you to multiple lakes and then to the summit of Jorihorn where you have epic views of Joriseen and the Swiss Alps.
JORISEEN AND JORIHORN HIKE DETAILS
Hike Distance: The entire loop was 12.75km but if you don’t summit Jorihorn the loop is just 11km.
Hike Duration: The whole loop including Jorihorn will take 5-6 hours including rest times but you could bargain for an extra hour if you take lunch down by the lakes. The incline sections and Jorihorn climb are not quick parts of the trail. Our actual moving time or hiking time was just over three hours but we made a lot of photo stops and had a 1-hour lunch and drone-stop.
Hike Difficulty: The incline is what makes this hike a little challenging although it is spread out in different sections so it isn’t one big block of climbing. There are no dangerous spots on this trail with high exposure although many spots do have a big drop on one side a chain is offered. Usual care needs to be taken. Children can do this hike but with many drop-offs, close supervision would be advised. The climb to Jorihorn is more difficult than the regular loop with exposure on both sides, steep slippery slopes and rock clambering required. Keep in mind, I did this hike in October so it would be much safer all around if there was no snow.
Hike Incline: 1002 meters.
HOW TO GET TO JORISEEN
The hike is near Davos and begins directly at the Wagerhus Bus Stop. This is on google maps just type in Wagerhus Bahnhof. At the bus stop, there is parking available in a designated parking lot, so you can drive here and park at the bus stop with no fee also.
The hike is a loop hike or an out and back hike depending on your route. Important to note is that you will finish in the same spot you started at the Wagerhus Bahnhof. Make sure you check the schedules of the bus in this region if you stay for sunset like us. We drove and parked so it was simple for us but you can stay for sunset and still catch the bus back to the nearby train stations.
MY JORISEEN HIKING MAP
I’ve included my hiking map below so you can see our starting point, exact route, and waypoints. We made a few little detours to viewpoints as you can see and, of course, we summitted Joihorn. Jorihorn is not part of the normal loop but only takes about 15-minutes to reach from the trail intersection so I highly recommend heading up there to the cross. You can download my map in GPX form to use on your Garmin or smartwatch by clicking here.
MY EXPERIENCE ON THE JORISEEN LAKE & JORIHORN SUMMIT HIKE
The starting point for the Joriseen Hike is the Wagerhu bus stop as I mentioned before (pictured above). We parked in the parking lot next to the bus stop and set off on our way up the hill. It was October, so the grass had an orange tinge and snow covered the higher stages of the trail.
The hike begins with a series of switchbacks on a well-defined and well-marked trail. The views back through the valley are quite impressive with one main highway striking through the base of the mountains on either side.
You can take the loop in either direction, but I advise starting on the right-hand side of the loop, that way you can be at Jorihorn or the viewpoint above the three lakes for sunset.
The Joriseen hike has two sections with solid incline. From the first moment of the hike until you reach the ridge, you are basically in climbing mode, grabbing more than 500m of incline in the first few kilometers. With snowfall covering lots of the trail, we had an interesting time staying on track as we clambered over the rocks trying to maintain close proximity to the correct route.