Potersalp hike

If you appreciate the peace and quiet and the mighty north walls (as a view) and also like to be out and about in the forest, this is a hike for you!

After a short forest passage you reach the three successive alps, Vordere Leu - Leustöckli - Gross Leu. The northern Säntis chain is directly in front of you. From east to west, the Schäfler Spitze, the Altenalp and the striking Öhrli. Via the Berndlibach, the Gross Berndli and the Schwizerälpli, the ascent leads to the highest point of this circular tour, the "Schwizerälpli" junction at Oberen Borstböhl. Follow the signs towards Chammhaldenhütte-Schwägalp and after a few metres you reach the Potersalp municipal alps, where the route branches off to Lehmen. The "Potesalpe-Stobede" takes place every summer at the Dreihütten-Alm. Now an extended forest hike on a gravel road lead you to the Leuenfall (waterfall), where the water of the Berndlibach torrent tumble thunderously into the depths. Just a few steps and you are back at the starting point, the Waldgasthaus Lehmen (inn), which you can also reach quite comfortably by PubliCar. Reservation via app or give them a call (+41 848 55 30 60).


Places along the route

Lehmen – Vordere Leu –Grossberndli – Schwizerälpli – Potersalp – Böhlhütte - Leuenfall – Lehmen


Please note that the tour is not explicitly signposted as a route in the terrain. Orientate yourself with the help of the intermediate destinations on the signposts. Furthermore, you can complete the trail in both directions.


Appenzellerland Tourismus AI
Hauptgasse 38, 9050 Appenzell
Phone +41 71 788 96 41



Type of hiking tour

Hiking in the valley




11.50 km


496 m


496 m


3 hours 30 minutes

Starting point / End

Lehmen / Lehmen

Options to eat along the way