Tectonic Arena Sardona

The 5-lakes hike Pizol

One of the most popular hikes in Switzerland. Five crystal clear mountain lakes and glimpses of the Tectonic Arena Sardona characterize this route.

The 5-lake hike is one of the most beautiful panoramic mountain hikes in Switzerland. High above the timberline, a mountain trail winds through the ever-changing alpine landscape, passing five mountain lakes - each with its own unique character. From the lovely Wangsersee on the Pizol plateau, the trail continues to the second lake, the striking turquoise Wildsee with the Pizol glacier and peak in the background. Followed by the dark Schwarzsee, the Schottensee as the third lake shines in a deep strong blue. Finally, the trail leads past the greenish, romantic Baschalva Lake.

On the hike it is worthwhile to look in all directions. Along the entire route, new fascinating views of the Glarus and Grisons mountains, the Rhine Valley and Lake Constance open up again and again.

Short Info
12 km
4 hours 30 min.
Start altitude
2'222 m a.s.l.
End altitude
1'856 m a.s.l.
553 m
911 m
Lowest point
1'856 m a.s.l.
Highest point
2'507 m a.s.l.
  • Schedule
    to Pizolhütte
  • 2
    The 5-lakes hike Pizol
    Tectonic Arena Sardona medium
  • Schedule
    Return trip
    from Gaffia (Bergstation)
  • Take the Sargans freeway exit, then follow the signs to the valley station of the Pizol lifts. Park your car there. From there, take the gondola lift and then the chairlifts to the Pizolhütte.

    From Maienberg uphill there is a strict ban on driving! Passage by car or other motorized vehicles is not possible! There are no public parking spaces in Maienberg. For this reason it is mandatory to park at the valley station in Wangs.

    Public parking is available at the valley station in Wangs (CHF 5.00 / day).