Overview of the route
- Length: 4 kilometers
- Duration: 2 hours (1hr each way)
- Difficulty: very easy
- Start and finish: GES Hydropower station (getting there)
- Height difference: 400 m (200 m up)
- Best time: end of July – end of October
Bear Valley is home to 3 wonderful valleys. It remains nice and cool here, even in the heat of summer, thanks to the water and the high stone flanks. In the past, bears lived in the caves of Bear Valley. It is a lovely walk for the entire family, anyone should be able to complete this, from 5 to 105.
The walk starts at the bear statue, about 2 kilometers behind the final stop of bus 28 at the hydropower station GES 2. Going up, you see the statue on your right hand side. From here, the trail goes south into Bear Valley, past ruins. After 10 minutes you already reach the first waterfall. This is the trickiest part of the walk, a small, boulder-filled slope. You can do it.
The road then snakes into the valley along the river between mixed tree stands. Arriving at the second waterfall, the mountain slopes start rising and narrowing, until you get to the third waterfall, where they throne majestically over the gorge.
Because of its protected setting, snow can block access to the canyon until late July. A large avalanche risk remains until this time and the gorge should remain off limits. Go back the same way you came.