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Highest point
Elevation2,915 m (9,564 ft)
Prominence967 m (3,173 ft) [1]
Isolation14.3 km (8.9 mi) [2]
Coordinates46°59′55″N 8°59′55″E / 46.99861°N 8.99861°E / 46.99861; 8.99861Coordinates: 46°59′55″N 8°59′55″E / 46.99861°N 8.99861°E / 46.99861; 8.99861
English translationLike from Glarus
Language of nameSwiss German
Glärnisch is located in Switzerland
Location in Switzerland
Parent rangeSchwyz Alps
Topo mapSwiss Federal Office of Topography swisstopo

The Glärnisch is a mountain massif of the Schwyz Alps, overlooking the valley of the Linth in the Swiss canton of Glarus. It consists of several summits, of which the highest, Bächistock, is 2,915 metres above sea level. Until 2013, the highest point was considered to be an unnamed point with a summit cross at 2,914 metres (until 2013: 2'915 metres). The other main summits are Vrenelisgärtli ("Verena's Little Garden" at 2,904 metres) and the Ruchen (2,901 metres).

The massif of the Glärnisch consists of two ridges of either side of the glacier named Glärnischfirn, culminating at the Ruchen to the west, rising more than 2,000 metres above the Klöntalersee, and at the Bächistock to the southwest. The Vrenelisgärtli is the closest peak to Schwanden.

The Glärnischfirn (also known as the Glärnischgletscher, the "Glarnisch Glacier") is about one mile long and about one-half mile wide at between 1.5 and 2.0 miles above sea level. The surrounding peaks are generally accessible to hikers and climbers only by traversing the length of the glacier itself. From the Vrenelisgärtli peak, the Lake Klontal may be seen directly, more than one mile below.

In recent years, the glacier has lost a massive amount of its volume and its tongue has retreated sharply.[3]

East of the Glärnisch is located the lower Vorder Glärnisch.

Glärnisch and Klöntalersee (from the Vorder Glärnisch)

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  1. ^ Retrieved from the Swisstopo topographic maps. The key col is the Klausen Pass (1,948 m).
  2. ^ Retrieved from Google Earth. The nearest point of higher elevation is north of the Hausstock.
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