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Trail Running

Trail running at the roof of Tyrol

19 signposted trail running routes with a total of 264 km

Pitztal is THE number 1 trail running destination in Austria (Trail running award 2016) and scores highly with specially signposted trails, maps, a trail in sections and a dedicated trail running shop.

Trail runners will experience fascinating and diverse trail running routes past mountain lakes, brooks and waterfalls. Run over summits and along ridges and take in breath-taking panoramic views. Take on the trail running challenge in the Tyrolean Alps: beginners, advanced and professional runners will find perfectly suited, flowing trails away from forest roads! Start straight down in the valley or use one of our mountain railways on the way up to your high-alpine altitude training. Train among the exposed landscape and experience unforgettable trail running moments!

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Trail running in majestic Pitztal mountain scenery
Trail running in majestic Pitztal mountain scenery
Crossing a glacier whilst trail running in Pitztal
Crossing a glacier whilst trail running in Pitztal
Runners of the Pitz Alpine Glacier Trail
Runners of the Pitz Alpine Glacier Trail

Pitz Alpine Glacier Trail – the event of 2019

Experience THE trail running event of Austria from 2 to 4 August 2019. The individual course sections will take trail runners up to four times to the start – finish straight depending on the distance that they are running. This gives supporters the opportunity to cheer on their runners again and again at certain intervals. A dedicated program for children will provide entertainment and shorten the wait to the finish of the event. All trail running distances and registration information can be found on the Pitz Alpine Glacier Trail website

Trail running sections concept

Based on the existing hiking routes, a special route was put together for the trail runners. At several starting points these trails are summarized on large signboards and are also available as small printed maps. The GPS coordinates and further route information can be found on our interactive map

Trail runner at the Mittagskogelscharte in Pitztal Tyrol
Trail runner Mittagskogelscharte Pitztal Tyrol

Trail running taster sessions

As part of our summer program we are making “Getting started with trail running” easy. Find out more about trail running technique and test the latest trail running shoes on the market with the guidance of a trail running guide.

NEW! Trail Running ParKUHR

You will find the new Trail Running ParKUHR with 8 stations in Mandarfen, next to the mountain lift Rifflsee.

Trail running shop

During the summer months trail runners can find all necessary equipment at our trail shop in Mandarfen. At Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten you can find trail running shoes, shirts and backpacks as well as diverse trail running accessories.
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Pitztal stage trail

You are probably aware of the E5 – THE long-distance hiking trail. Trail runners can now explore the trail in stages. Discover Pitztal at a quick pace in several stages – including a summit experience should you so wish .

Pitztal trail running hotels

Several accommodation providers in Pitztal are now catering to the special requirements of trail runners. A select group of accommodation providers now offer a laundry service and athlete’s breakfast and also provide you with all required trail running information.

Trail running symposium

Pitztal has been devoted to trail running since 2012. We think that it is important to build & share knowledge of this trending sport and are organising an annual symposium for interested trail runners to learn more about psyche, injuries and training methods (in German).

Stage with summit – Day 1: Arzl – Wenns

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Arzl (858m)
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Wenns (1022m)

Starting point: Arzl – from the church a trail meanders uphill towards the hamlet of Arzlair. Walking through meadows and a forest the trail leads on to the catered mountain hut Plattenrainalm. Once there you can take in the panoramic views of the Inn valley and visit the meditation chapel to let your thoughts wander. A slightly steeper trail leads up to the catered mountain hut Hochastner Alm. After that continue along the mountain ridge on a beautiful forest path directly to the catered mountain hut Venetalm (Follow the signposts “Venet Rundwanderweg” [circular hiking trail]). Then continue via a trail boasting magnificent panoramic views of the upper Inn-, Gurgl- and Pitz valleys as well as the lower Inn valley towards Telfs towards “Wannejoch”. Once there a steep trail leads up to the catered mountain hut Galflunhütte. Continue to hike along a forest road to the catered mountain hut Larcheralm. Past this hut an old trail “alter Almweg” leads down to “Larchach”. Then follow the tarmac road back to the centre of Wenns. 

Large Venet circuit

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Plattenrain (1478m)
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Plattenrain (1474m)

This “Queen’s stage” is the same route to the Kreuzjochspitze as described in the “Kreuzjoch circuit” but then follows along the Venet ridge via the Wannejöchl, the Glanderspitze and almost to the top station of the Venet mountain railway. Once there, follow a path to the catered mountain huts Gogles Alm, Galflun and Larcher Alms and on to the Venet Alm. Return to your starting point via the same path as on your way up. The Large Venet circuit passes four summit crosses and four catered mountain huts – making this circuit an extra special experience.  

Kreuzjoch circuit

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Plattenrain (1481m)
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Plattenrain (1480m)

Starting at the Plattenrain car park this trail follows a pretty steep path opposite of the catered mountain hut Puitalm at Plattenrain up towards the catered mountain hut Hochaster Alm and then on to the catered mountain hut Venet Alm. Once there, you can take in the magnificent panoramic views to the Hochzeiger summit and the upper Pitztal valley. The path then turns a bit more rugged and leads (via the Imsterbergkreuz) to the highest point, the Kreuzjoch summit. Once there, follow the downhill path in the direction of the catered mountain hut Galflun Alm and then continue on a forest road to the catered mountain hut Larcher Alm and Venet Alm. Then follow the path that you already know from your ascent, back down to the starting point.

Hochaster Alm circuit

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Plattenrain (1476m)
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Plattenrain (1477m)

This “beginner’s circuit” starts off at the Plattenrain car park following a forest road just behind the catered mountain hut Puitalm at Plattenrain in the direction of the non-catered mountain hut Timler Alm. Once there, there is a slight downhill section in the direction of Imsterberg and at the fork follow the slightly steeper ascent up to a point just below the catered mountain hut Venet Alm. Then continue to run on the signposted path in the direction of the catered mountain hut Hochaster Alm and return to your starting point.  Duration: 1 h 30 min - 2 h

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