Tour to the cow alps of Samnaun, from Unteralp to Alp Trida and on to Alp Bella, one of the highest cow alps in Europe.
Distance 12.5 km
Highest point2,386 m
Lowest point1,711 m
The tour begins with a steady ascent from the church St. Jakobus in Samnaun-Compatsch (1,715 m). After a short ascent through a larch forest the view opens up over the Samnaun valley. At Unteralp the Alpstein stands at the edge of the path. This is one of the largest erratic boulders in Switzerland. At Alp Trida the path to Alp Bella branches off to the right. Alp Bella (2,380 m) is one of the highest cow alps in Switzerland and is reached after a further 100 metres in altitude. In July and August the alpine dairymen run a snack station with food and beverages. The return route now leads either directly and steeply along the alpine path back to Unteralp, or slightly flatter along the same path as the ascent.
The area surrounding Alp Trida has numerous attractive single trails and can also be reached by mountain railway from Samnaun-Ravaisch (for overnight guests this also includes the local bus).
The tour was evaluated in favourable weather conditions, the current weather conditions and weather forecasts must be imperatively observed before the tour start. This tour does not make any special demands on driving safety and technique.
144 Emergency call, first aid
1414 Mountain rescue REGA
112 International emergency call
Show consideration when crossing and overtaking hikers. Most of the mountain bike routes in Graubünden run on single trails that are also signposted as hiking trails. Hikers always have the right of way.
Start at Samnaun-Compatsch, village (1715m) past the church of St. James.
Short ascent through larch forest to Vaidum
Via Unteralp on to Alp Trida
On Alp Trida turn right to Alp Bella (2380m)
Return either the same as the outward route or directly to Unteralp (steep alpine path)
all notes on protected areas
By Rhaetian Railway (from Chur, Landquart/Prättigau or from the Upper Engadine) hourly to Scuol-Tarasp station.
Continue by PostBus (from Scuol-Tarasp, or Martina, cunfin) hourly to PostBus stop Samnaun-Compatsch, village.
In Samnaun during the day hourly service with the Samnaunbus
From the north: via Landquart - Klosters by car transport through the Vereina tunnel (Selfranga - Sagliains). Then take the H27 in the direction of Scuol and Martina to Vinadi. At the Vinadi junction continue to Samnaun (approx. 1 hour from Vereina south portal).
From the east: via the Inntalstrasse B180 via Landeck to Pfunds, junction Kajetansbrücke and via Spiss to Samnaun.
From the south: via Reschenpass (Nauders) on B180 to Pfunds, junction Kajetansbrücke and via Spiss to Samnaun.
Please note: If you are travelling to Samnaun, you will need a valid travel document (passport, ID), as you will pass through customs in Martina or Spissermühle.
Free parking in Samnaun-Compatsch at the church and schoo