While Joni and Matt were revisiting Mürren and Gimmelwald, the rest of us were heading up the Pfingsteggbahn cable car to explore the gorge below the Lower Grindelwald Glacier (Unterer Grindelwaldgletscher).
Two days earlier, on the bus ride to Große Scheidegg, the other Ken thought he spied a waterfall in the gorge on the east side of the Eiger. I found a hike that traversed the area above the gorge and we hypothesized that this would provide a view of said waterfall as well as a view of the knife edge on that side of the Eiger.
The hike begins at the top of the Pfingsteggbahn at 1392m and goes up to Berghaus Bäregg (roughly “Mountain House at Bear Corner”) at 1775m. The last part is fairly steep and while we were still a bit tired from the previous day, Ken and I convinced Judy and Dominique that the part up to view the waterfall would be relatively easy.
The Pfingsteggbahn is a cable car which is roughly across the valley from the now all too familiar First Bahn. It is also a stop on the now familiar 122 bus route.
The quaint Pfingsteggbahn is markedly different from its cross valley cousin.
The top of the Pfingsteggbahn is mostly family oriented with a restaurant, play areas and a toboggan run.
Happily the hike to the waterfall view was (mostly) pretty easy.
At this point Judy and Dominique headed back down and Ken and I continued on up, only to have close encounters of the sheep kind.
We reached the Berghaus which has not only a restaurant but also sleeping accommodations for 28.
We had both packed a sandwich but opted to eat at the restaurant. Ken had a vegetable soup. I was feeling a little depleted of electrolytes so I had some salty chips and a sandwich.
The route continues on from here but becomes more exposed and scary. It reaches the Schreckhorn hut at 2529m. It sleeps 65. Ken and I, however, headed down.
Overall, a fine last day in Grindelwald.