The Justistal, the entrance to which is clearly marked by the distinctive Niederhorn, is a snow-sure winter paradise. Its name comes from Justus, a monk who once spread the gospel in the Lake Thun area together with his fellow monk and companion Beatus. The route starts at Grön with a gentle descent alongside the Grönbach stream, which flows into Lake Thun in Merligen. The perfectly prepared cross-country skiing trail leads at between 1200 and 1400 m.a.s.l through the unsurpassed landscape of Justistal, nestled between the Sigriswil Rothorn, Niederhorn and Gemmenalphorn and Sichel. This is a trail to fill the heart of any cross-country skier with delight. The route continues past the Spycherberg, which sets the stage every autumn for the legendary "Chästeilet", in which the cheese from a summer’s alp grazing is divided between the farmers according to their cattle’s milk yield.From here, the impressive, maybe somewhat mystical valley floor of the Justistal opens up with a view of the trail’s end, the Hindersberg alp hut, and, right at the rear of the valley, the Sichel, a crescent-shaped pass crossing to the Zulgtal valley. The return journey of this challenging and remote trail leads by the same route back to the starting point.
Information on the local trail pass, renting cross-country skiing equipment and changing facilities: www.ski-schwanden-sigriswil.ch