Winter walking & snowshoe
hiking in Obergurgl-Hochgurgl

Winter Hiking
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White, whiter, whitest is everything you will see…

Really big eyes for all winter hikers in the rear Ötztal: the pace is excellent to admire the unspoilt beauty of the Alpine mountains and landscapes. 12 km of cleared, signposted winter walking trails lead through snow-covered stone pine forests, white meadows and along the frozen Gurgler Ache brook. Take an even deeper insight into marvelous backcountry areas on guided snowshoeing adventures.

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Enduro Trails

Enduro Gletscher Express reloaded - H

Enduro Trails • Oetztal
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  • Rettenbachalm
    / Rettenbachalm
  • Gletschersstraße
    / Gletschersstraße
    Photo: ©Ötztal Tourismus - Alexander Lohmann
  • Höchster Straßenpunkt Europas
    / Höchster Straßenpunkt Europas
    Photo: ©Ötztal Tourismus - Alexander Lohmann
  • Abfahrt Harbe Line (6008)
    / Abfahrt Harbe Line (6008)
    Photo: ©Ötztal Tourismus - Christoph Bayer
  • Sonnblick
    / Sonnblick
    Photo: ©Ötztal Tourismus - Alexander Lohmann
Map / Enduro Gletscher Express reloaded - H
1500 2000 2500 3000 3500 m km 5 10 15 20 25 30 Hühnersteign Rettenbachalm Höchster Straßenpunkt Europas Rotkogljochhütte Sonnblick

The challenging Gletscher Express reloaded Enduro Trail is nothing for the faint-hearted. Even expert enduro riders can expect a real challenge. On a total length of 30 km, covering about 1600 altitude meters, both stamina and physical skills are absolutely required. 

difficult
33.3 km
5:00 h
1639 m
1639 m
From Freizeit Arena you follow the federal road until you reach the BP gas station, there you turn right into the rising road up to the hamlets of Außerwald and Innerwald. Finally you reach the Glacier Road where you follow the Gletscher Express (648) mountain bike route to Rettenbach Glacier. Once arrived at the glacier, you'll need your ultimate muscle power to reach the tour's highest point and Europe's highest road point at 2800 meters above sea level.  

Indulge in picture-book panoramic views before you ride downhill on the Glacier Road. At the silo tower you turn left into the gravel path. A demanding uphill stretch takes you on the steep ski run up to Rotkogelhütte. Downhill again on the lush green ski slopes you get to the top station of the Giggijoch Mountain Gondola. Continue on the red Ollweite Line (6010) until the crossing with the Rettenbach Trail (675),  that leads you right to the next refreshment stop at Sonnblick mountain restaurant. 

Restore your energy on the sunny terrace, then take the Hochsölden federal road towards the Harise Trail (670) which starts in the 6th hairpin bend on the road from Hochsölden to Sölden. Be careful! It's quite challenging although there are many easily flowing sections. Some parts of the trail might be slippery and wet, and probably you'll find grazing cattle on the trail - which often leave their "traces"...

The trail ends in the hamlet of Grünwald. You return to Freizeit Arena on the asphalt road. All those who are still not tired enough can try the Lettn Line (6009) down to the base station of Giggijoch Mountain Gondola, and further on to Freizeit Arena.

Difficulty
difficult
Technique
S3,
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Altitude
2800 m
1344 m
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Rest Stop

Hühnersteign
Rotkogljochhütte
Sonnblick
Rettenbachalm

Safety information

Harise Trail (670) is a technically very challenging route suitable only for very skilled bikers.

This one is a Shared Trail for both mountain bikers and hikers. Please show consideration for other sportspeople on the trail! Control your speed, especially on wet and slippery stretches.

Equipment

Appropriate Equipment Rules! We strongly recommend to wear protective bike gear (knee and elbow pads, helmet, back protector, ...) on all lines, trails, enduro tracks and mountain bike routes within the BIKE REPUBLIC SÖLDEN. Enter the Republic only with a bike that meets current quality standards.

Tips, hints and links

More details about biking & cycling in Ötztal: https://www.oetztal.com/biken 

Start

Freizeit Arena (1347 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
46.969476 N 11.010100 E
UTM
32T 652904 5203733

Destination

Freizeit Arena

Public transport

Public transport friendly

Arriving by Train

Enjoy a comfortable and relaxing train ride to the train station in Ötztal Bahnhof. The public bus lines to all holiday resorts in the valley (direction Obergurgl) leave directly in front of the train station. The bus ride to Sölden takes about 1 – 1.5 hours.

All important details on bus timetables, direct connections and taxi services are available here.

Getting there

WHERE IS SÖLDEN?

Sölden is located in the West of Austria, more exactly in the Province of TIROL. It nestles amidst the ÖTZTAL Valley, a south-facing side valley of the Inntal.

Best travel route from the West:

From Vorarlberg to Tirol via Arlberg Pass or through Arlberg Tunnel (S 16 Federal Road) - direction Landeck - change to A 12 Autobahn (direction Innsbruck) - exit: Ötztal after driving through Roppener Tunnel - on B 186 Federal Road (35 km) to Sölden

From the North:

- Bad Tölz - Achen Pass - B 181 Federal Road - Jenbach - A 12 Autobahn towards Innsbruck (direction Bregenz) - exit: Ötztal - B 186 Federal Road (35 km) to Sölden

- Pfronten - Reutte - Fernpass - Imst - A 12 Autobahn (direction Innsbruck) - exit: Ötztal after driving through Roppener Tunnel or on B 171 Federal Road to Ötztal (no Vignette toll-sticker required!) - B 186 Federal Road (35 km) to Sölden

- Garmisch Partenkirchen - Ehrwald - Lermoos - Fernpass - Imst - A 12 Autobahn (direction Innsbruck) – exit: Ötztal after driving through Roppener Tunnel or on B 171 Federal Road to Ötztal (no Vignette toll-sticker required!) - B 186 Federal Road (35 km) to Sölden

- Garmisch Partenkirchen - Mittenwald - Scharnitz - Seefeld - Telfs - A 12 Autobahn (direction Bregenz) - exit: Ötztal or on B 171 Federal Road to Ötztal (no Vignette toll-sticker required!) - B 186 Federal Road (35 km) to Sölden

From the East:

Munich or Salzburg - A 93 Autobahn to Kufstein - A 12 Autobahn (direction Bregenz) via Innsbruck – exit: Ötztal - B 186 Federal Road (35 km) to Sölden

From the South:

From Bozen/Bolzano towards Brenner Pass (toll road) – on Brenner Autobahn via Schönberg toll station (direction Innsbruck) to Innsbruck - then change to A 12 Autobahn (direction Bregenz) – exit: Ötztal - B 186 Federal Road (35 km) to Sölden

Parking

There are ample parking areas and covered parking garages at the base stations of Gaislachkogl and Giggijoch Mountain Gondolas. Parking is free of charge between 8.00 am and 7.00 pm!

Night-time parking of motor cars is subject to a charge and allowed only in the parking garage next to Gaislachkogl Mountain Gondola:

More details on night-time parking

Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

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Difficulty
S3 difficult
Distance
33.3 km
Duration
5:00 h
Ascent
1639 m
Descent
1639 m
Public transport friendly Round tour With refreshment stops

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