Zermatt is a destination for tourist from all over the world. Announcement for the cable car or train to Gornergrat is even done in japanese - nothing more to say! Everyone knows the "Horu" and it is the Matterhorn which made Zermatt famous. As nearly all visitors are heading for the main attractions and 4000m peaks most of the smaller mountains like Schönbielhorn are overseen.
Schönbielhorn is a very nice viewpoint. You have Monte Rosa in the distance, Matterhorn, Dent d'Herens, Dent Blanche and Obergabelhorn to name a few are surrounding you. A perfect place to acclimatize for the bigger mountains, to enjoy solitude or to spent a nice afternoon befor overnight at Schönbielhütte.
Watch out for the occasional gemse or capricorn!
Take a train to Zermatt. Parking is in Täsch or other places before as private cars are not allowed in Zermatt.
From Zermatt hike to Schönbielhütte 2694m or take the cable car to Schwarzsee and hike from there. Later option will save you about one hour. The hike from Zermatt will take around 4 h.
There are plenty of signs!
When hiking to the Schönbielhütte you get a another view of the "Horu" - the beautiful north face and closer to the hut the Zmuttgrat and Liongrat appears and gives you a different perspective of this magnificent mountain!
Route - South Ridge
From the Schönbielhütte 2694m follow the trail right above the hut to Oberer Blausatz 3209m. The east flank doesn't look much inviting - plenty of loose rocks. Take care! The conditions are better higher on the flank. Best to stay close to the SE ridge. You reach the south ridge at the point where SE and SW ridge come together.
Once there it is enjoyable and exposed climbing along the south ridge to the top. The route is rated F.
Route - North Ridge
From Oberer Blausatz traverse the east flank and descent to the Hohwänggletscher. Then turn left to gain the notch beetween Schönbielhorn and Pointe de Zinal and follow the north ridge to the summit.
The route is rated PD.
External LinksZermatt - all about Zermatt!
Schönbielhütte - SAC hut - starting point for Matterhorn Zmuttgrat, Dent Blanche, Dent d'Herens, Schönbielhorn, Pointe de Zinal ec.
Swiss weather forcast - reliable weather forcast, you will find phone numbers and the cellphone coverage in the area is good!