Engadin Scuol

on the road with Chantal

Hike to the Mot Madlain

All details of the hike

Go with Chantal on an excursion to the local mountain of S-charl – the partly steep ascent is compensated by a beautiful flowerage and view.

From Chantal Mayor

The Mot Madlain has been on my «to-do list» every year since I was first on top. On a Sunday morning in July it was time again. The mountains in Scuol were still in dense fog, but the forecast was good and so I decided to take the trail. The car drive leads from Scuol towards San Jon and further on to S-charl. In front of the village there is a big car park, which is an ideal starting point for this hike. From the car park you can already see it standing powerfully in front of you – the Mot Madlain.

The trail leads me and my dog Aiko past the houses on «Chomps» and further into the forest. Most of the ascent is in the forest, which makes it pleasant on warm summer days. The path winds up in zigzags and between the trees you can always get a nice view of the surrounding valleys. The fog disappears and the blue sky becomes more and more dominant.

Following the red and white markings, the trail slowly becomes steeper. Regularly other paths cross my trail. These paths still exist from the times of mining, which was practised in S-charl until the 18th century. As soon as the tree line is reached, the path leads over the last pine trees and over stones up to Mot Madlain. Looking up to the sky, I see two eagles circling above me - no wonder, their eyrie lies directly in the steep face of the Mot Madlain. Impressive birds!

After about two hours I reach the Mot Madlain. At first sight I think, wow, an edelweiss. At the second glance I stop counting, because all around me the beautiful alpine flower is blooming. I take a break and enjoy the view of the surrounding valleys Marangun Sesvenna, Alp Plazer and Cruschetta, the Val Tavrü and also the Mot Tavrü – a dream!

After a break and a small refreshment we will start our way back to S-charl. On the descent I discover alpine roses and even a gentian. And on the opposite side, on the slopes of the Piz Madlain, some chamois and ibex can still be seen. After about one and a half hours I arrived back in S-charl after a successful hike.

Important to know:

  • Arrival: by car (paid parking available) or by public bus
  • Duration: approx. 3.5 hours walking time
  • Equipment: hiking boots, warm clothing, sun and rain protection, binoculars recommended
  • Tip for dog owners: Since there is no stream or lake along the way, you should not only take something to drink for yourself, but also for your dog. He will thank you for it.
Chantal Mayor
Chantal Mayor

Chantal Mayor grew up in S-charl and has been working as an event manager for the Engadin Samnaun Val Müstair holiday region since 1 May 2019. Apart from swimming, walks with her dog Aiko are her favourite leisure activity.

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