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Water Walk Rotmoostal Obergurgl

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Obergurgl - Hohe Mut - Stempelstelle Rotmoosferner- Rotmoostal - Zirbenwald - Obergurgl
moderate
14.8 km
6:00 h
889 m
893 m
This magnificent journey of discovery starts with a leisurely ride on Hohe Mut mountain gondola. Once arrived at Hohe Mut saddleback, you can enjoy hiking in quite flat and easy terrain towards the glacier fields of Rotmoosferner.Then you continue on rough and rocky mountain trails to a distinctive glacier moraine, the highest point of this hike. At the Rotmoosferner stamp site youget in close touch with Rotmoosferner glacier. Besides this very imposing, natural world of stone you discover another historicalarchive - the striking red Riedmoos moss typical of Rotmoostal. The trail continues on signposted paths towards the high Alpine world of flowers closeto (serviced) Schönwieshütte. From there you hike through the ancient Stone Pine Forest with trees that are older than 300 years. Very soon you also get to the splendid Rotmoos waterfall. Follow the hiking trail leading past Zirben Alm, continue towards the village center and return to the starting point.
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Updated: April 07, 2021
Difficulty
moderate
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Stamina
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Highest point
2,701 m
Lowest point
1,892 m
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Rest Stop

Hohe Mut Alm
Zirben Alm
Schönwieshütte

Safety information

Moderate mountain trail; for sure-footed and experienced hikers. Good physical condition, mountain experience & mountain equipment (see notice equipment) necessary. Please pay attention to the current weather report: https://www.oetztal.com/summer.html.

Tips, hints and links

Rotmoostal valley

  • The high proportion of sediments (glacier flour) causes the glacial streams to constantly grind down the stream bed.
  • The striking red Riedmoos peat of the Rotmoostal valley. These metre-highlayers of peat enable the climatic conditions of vegetation of the past tobe explored as this moorland has developed over thousands of years since the last Ice Age.

WATER IN THE ÖTZTAL VALLEY

Water, the element which has shaped the Ötztal valley.

The glaciers are melted by the sunshine, releasing fresh water which feeds into the meadows and the Ötztaler Ache river which winds its way along the 65 km long valley. The Ötztaler Ache catchment area extends over 893 km² with an elevation from 700 to 3,774 m. This glacial meltwater fills the reservoir used by the local population and provides a supply of drinking water.

Glaciers store ¾ of the world’s freshwater reserves and therefore represent the biggest natural waterstorage in the world.

In the year 1770, the advancing ice dammed many of the big lakes here which triggered catastrophic flooding across the entire Ötztal and Inntal regions when they burst their banks. Natural hazards and disaster made people want to know more about and better understand nature, which also facilitated glacier research. The many facets of water in the Ötztal is not just of interest for scientists. The Ötztal glaciers are recreational destinations for locals and guests alike as these ice worlds offer great hiking and skiing in surroundings of outstanding natural beauty. Crystal clear river waters swollen by icy glacier meltwater make for superb rafting, white water canoeing and other action-packed activities.

 

More details about hiking In Ötztal: https://www.oetztal.com/wandern 

Start

Obergurgl (1,906 m)
Coordinates:
DD
46.870288, 11.026994
DMS
46°52'13.0"N 11°01'37.2"E
UTM
32T 654473 5192744
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Destination

Obergurgl

Turn-by-turn directions

This magnificent journey of discovery starts with a leisurely ride on Hohe Mut mountain gondola. Once arrived at Hohe Mut saddleback, you can enjoy hiking in quite flat and easy terrain towards the glacier fields of Rotmoosferner.Then you continue on rough and rocky mountain trails to a distinctive glacier moraine, the highest point of this hike. At the Rotmoosferner stamp site youget in close touch with Rotmoosferner glacier. Besides this very imposing, natural world of stone you discover another historicalarchive - the striking red Riedmoos moss typical of Rotmoostal. The trail continues on signposted paths towards the high Alpine world of flowers closeto (serviced) Schönwieshütte. From there you hike through the ancient Stone Pine Forest with trees that are older than 300 years. Very soon you also get to the splendid Rotmoos waterfall. Follow the hiking trail leading past Zirben Alm, continue towards the village center and return to the starting point.

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all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Enjoy a both comfortable and relaxing train ride to the train station in Ötztal Bahnhof. You get off the train in ÖTZTAL Bahnhof where you change to a public bus or local taxi. The current bus schedule can be found at: http://fahrplan.vvt.at

 

Getting there

The car drive to the Ötztal valley. Situated in Tirol, the Ötztal valley set off in southerly direction and is the longest side valley in the Eastern Alps. The journey with the car leads you through the Inntal valley to the entrance of the valley and further on through the valley. Among the toll motorways you can also use the country roads. A route planner will show you the easiest and most convenient was: https://www.google.at/maps.

Parking

The following parking facilities are available in Gurgl:
  • Parking garage (center of Obergurgl), chargeable | € 2,00/hour
  • Parking garage - bottom station Festkogl, free of charge - no parking at night
  • Parking Hochgurglbahn valley station, free of charge - no parking at night
  • Parking Top Mountain Crosspoint, free of charge
  • Parking Hochgurgl, free of charge (very small parking) 

Coordinates

DD
46.870288, 11.026994
DMS
46°52'13.0"N 11°01'37.2"E
UTM
32T 654473 5192744
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

Appropriate equipment such as breathable suitable outdoor clothes for the weather, ankle-high walking boots, wind-, rain- & sun protection, hat, possibly gloves, is for all hikes and tours necessary. Please bring a first-aid box, a mobile phone, a walking map and if there is no hut on the way a snack and enough to drink.

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
14.8 km
Duration
6:00 h
Ascent
889 m
Descent
893 m
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