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Top of Europe Jungfraujock

Is there a trail from the top of Europe, the Jungfraujock down to kleine schidegg. I'm going in three weeks and haven't received a clear enough answer. If there Is one, does it require and gear.? That's not what I'm looking for. So if it is just a regular/very challenging hike, I'd really like to know, and any other info one would have about the route from the top of Europe, the Jungfraujock to kleine schidegg. Thanks everyone for your input. :)

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Jungfraujoch is not really the "Top of Europe"--actually, not even close.

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I guess the map of the jungfrau region map I'm looking at has a typo and should be notified promptly. :p
Thanks for the quick response guys, and my apologies for misspelling the jungfraujoch.

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There is no hike from Jungfraujoch to Kleine Sheidegg but the hike from Mannlichen to Kleine Scheidegg is excellent. It's an easy 2.5 mile hike that would not require any gear or anything other than normal athletic shoes. From the Lauterbrunnen train station, take the little mountain train up to Wengen. Sit on the right side of the train for great valley and waterfall views. In Wengen, buy a picnic at the Co-op grocery across the square from the station (Mon-Sat 8:00-18:30, closed Sun), walk across town, and catch the lift to Männlichen, located on top of the ridge high above you (23 SF, half-price with Swiss Pass, 3-4/hour, 2-minute trip, first ascent at 8:00 or 8:10 in summer, tel. 033-855-2933, The lift can be open even if the trail is closed; if the weather is questionable, confirm that the Männlichen-Kleine Scheidegg trail is open before ascending. Don’t waste time in Wengen if it’s sunny--you can linger back here after your hike.

Riding the gondola from Wengen to Männlichen, you’ll go over the old lift station (inundated by a 1978 avalanche that buried a good part of Wengen--notice there’s no development in the “red zone” above the tennis courts). Farms are built with earthen ramps on the uphill side in anticipation of the next slide. The forest of avalanche fences near the top was built after that 1978 avalanche. As you ascend you can also survey Wengen--the bright red roofs mark new vacation condos, mostly English-owned and used only a few weeks a year.

For a detour that’ll give you an easy king- or queen-of-the-mountain feeling, turn left from the top of the Wengen-Männlichen lift station, and hike uphill 10 minutes to the little peak (Männlichen Gipfel, 7,500 feet).

Then go back to the lift station (which has a great kids’ area) and enjoy the walk--facing spectacular alpine panorama views--to Kleine Scheidegg for a picnic or restaurant lunch. To start the hike, leave the Wengen-Männlichen lift station to the right. Walk past the second Männlichen lift station (this one leads to Grindelwald, the touristy town in the valley to your left). Ahead of you in the distance, left to right, are the north faces of the Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau; in the foreground is the Tschuggen peak, and just behind it, the Lauberhorn. This hike takes you around the left (east) side of this ridge. Simply follow the signs for Kleine Scheidegg, and you’ll be there in about an hour--a little more for gawkers, picnickers, and photographers. You might have to tiptoe through streams of melted snow--or some small snow banks, even well into the summer--but the path is well-marked, well-maintained, and mostly level all the way to Kleine Scheidegg.

About 35 minutes into the hike, you’ll reach a bunch of benches and a shelter with incredible unobstructed views of all three peaks--the perfect picnic spot. Fifteen minutes later, on the left, you’ll see the first sign of civilization: Restaurant Grindelwaldblick (the best lunch stop up here, open daily, closed Nov and May). Hike to the restaurant’s fun mountain lookout to survey the Eiger and look down on the Kleine Scheidegg action. After 10 more minutes, you’ll be at the Kleine Scheidegg train station, with plenty of lesser lunch options (including Restaurant Bahnhof).

From Kleine Scheidegg, you can then catch the train up to Jungfraujoch, take the train back down to Wengen, or hike downhill (gorgeous 30-minute hike to Wengernalp Station, a little farther to the Allmend stop; 60 more steep minutes from there into Wengen).

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The reason why it's called "Top of Europe" is because it's the highest railway station in Europe. The Jungfraujoch isn't actually on a summit—it's nestled on a saddle between the Mönch and the Jungfrau. I'd also recommend the hike from Männlichen to Kleine Scheidegg. It's relatively short and flat and the views are incredible!