There is no other trail run I have done on the planet that is quite as scenic as this one. At the same time, the run is extremely challenging in many ways. Often you run along a very small ridge with both sides sharply dropping down a few hundred feet either side of you.
But it is exactly this setting that makes it so special, because you often feel as if you’re flying rather than running the ridge.
There are about five breathtaking little Alps with places serving great food along the trail. Most of these are restaurants located next to the lakes you will find in the Alpstein. In the summer, swimming in those little lakes makes for a nice cooling off after a long run or hike.
The Ridge is 27 km or 17 miles. I am aware that this is not an “ultra trail run” distance as such, so if you reach the Säntis at the end and you have not had enough, just turn around and take a different scenic route back down. I promise you will definitely not get bored - but don’t be surprised if you have to stop at one of the tempting little Alp restaurants around the lakes on the way down.
The best time of year is May through October. I do not really mind rain or snow once I run but the most spectacular views are best on a stormy summer day, when all the clouds start to touch the summits.