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 Schölder Tour - M

Enduro Trails • Oetztal
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  • Gaislachalm
    / Gaislachalm
    Photo: ©Ötztal Tourismus - Alexander Lohmann
  • Ferienclub Silbertal
    / Ferienclub Silbertal
    Photo: ©Ötztal Tourismus - Alexander Lohmann
  • Almzeit - Almstub'n Mittelstation
    / Almzeit - Almstub'n Mittelstation
    Photo: ©Ötztal Tourismus - Alexander Lohmann
  • Rettenbachalm
    / Rettenbachalm
  • Rettenbach Trail (675)
    / Rettenbach Trail (675)
    Photo: ©Ötztal Tourismus - Christoph Bayer
  • Sonnblick
    / Sonnblick
    Photo: ©Ötztal Tourismus - Alexander Lohmann
  • Leiterberg Trail (672)
    / Leiterberg Trail (672)
    Photo: ©Ötztal Tourismus - Bernd Ritschel
Map / Enduro Schölder Tour - M
1500 1800 2100 2400 m km 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 22 Alpengasthof Sonneck Alpengasthof Gaislachalm Ferienclub Silbertal Rettenbachalm Sonnblick Leiterbergalm Edelweißhütte Freizeit Arena

A truly ideal tour for biking fans in search of culinary pleasures. 

medium
23.5 km
3:45 h
912 m
912 m

The 23 km long Enduro Route starts at Freizeit Arena. Here you follow the federal road towards the upper valley, turn right at the BP gas station after approx. 1 km. The climbing road takes you through the hamlets of Außerwald and Innerwald to the Glacier Road. Continue on the Glacier Road for about 700 meters, following the Route Gaislach (644) for mountain bikers. A quite long uphill stretch leads to the mountain inns (refreshment stop) of Sonneck, Silbertal and Gaislachlam, then further on to middle station of  you pedal to the tour's highest point Gaislachkogl Gondola. here you fork-off into Bartiges Bödele Trail (676) which connects the middle station and Rettenbachtal valley. Trail fans will love the 1.1 km long gently flowing route down to the Glacier Road, followed by another exhausting ascent up to Rettenbachalm hut - where you enjoy a well-deserved break. After restoring your energy you follow Rettenbachalm Trail (675) leading to Höchsölden and Sonnblick restaurant, another popular stop. Continue downhill on the Hochsölden road federal and turn left into Leiterberg Trail (672) already at the second switchback - there you'll find a cairn for better orientation.The lovely trail travels through the forest and past decaying mountain huts (photo point). At the start the quite steep route might be wet and slippery. Keep to the left at the fork-off towards Edelweißhütte, and don't follow the walking trail. Here you get straight to Leiterbergalm on the forest trail – the tour's last mountain hut. Continue on the road for a bit, then fork-off into the smooth Lettn Line (6009) that leads back to Giggijoch Mountain Gondola and, along the asphalt road, to Freizeit Arena.

Author’s recommendation

If you want to soak up the stunning Ötztal glacier scenery you are recommended to enjoy a rest stop at scenic Rettenbachalm, overlooking the mighty glacier slopes.

Difficulty
medium
Technique
S2,
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Altitude
2181 m
1343 m
Best time of year
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Rest Stop

Edelweißhütte
Ferienclub Silbertal
Leiterbergalm
Sonnblick
Rettenbachalm

Safety information

All trails on this splendid Enduro Route are also used by hikers and walkers - Please show consideration for other sportspeople on the trail!

Attention: Leiterberg Trail (672) also crosses the forest road several times.

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
S2 medium
Distance
23.5 km
Duration
3:45 h
Ascent
912 m
Descent
912 m
Public transport friendly Round tour Nice views With refreshment stops Insider tip

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