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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 3: Wiese - Piösmes

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Wiese (1187m)
Endpunkt
Piösmes (1404m)

Starting point Wiese: Approximately 100 metres before the hamlet Wiese, follow the agricultural road to the 

catered mountain hut Söllbergalm. Once there, a trail leads on through larch and pine forests on a continuously steep trail in the direction of Lake Brechsee. After a 30 minute walk, turn off in the direction of Stallkogel – Mauchele Alm. Then you will come across a newly built, moderately steep trail starting at the catered mountain hut Mauchele Alm. After following the red road markings for approximately 500 metres turn left and walk uphill across rocky terrain towards the catered mountain hut Neubergalm. (Please note that you will have to be sure-footed and unafraid of heights for this section! However, you will be rewarded with beautiful views of the valley). After Neubergalm, a shaded trail leads through mixed woodland to the beautifully set catered mountain hut Tiefentalalm. From the idyllic setting of the Tiefentalalm, the trail continues across the Gschwandt stream. It then leads up to the Kreuzjoch peak, from where you gaze at the peaks around you with the beautiful Pitztal Geigenkamm ridge in front of you. At first the trail continues steeply and then more gently down past the catered mountain hut Arzler Alm towards Scheibe.The agricultural road in Scheibe takes you back to Piösmes. 

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. 

Stage without summit – Day 5: Mandarfen – Mandarfen

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Mandarfen (1679m)
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Mandarfen (1678m)

Starting point Mandarfen: The trail leads through the Hirschtal valley up to Lake Rifflsee. Once there, follow the high-level trail signposted as “Offenbacher Höhenweg” . Keep an eye out for a fork and the Lake Plodersee signpost and then follow a continuously steep trail up to Lake Plodersee. Once there, follow the “Fuldaer” high-level trail, which is moderately steep, sometimes up and sometimes down. Cross several streams until you reach the only critical point of this trail – the “Vordere Köpfl”. There are rocky and steep sections to master here, however, the path is safely secured with steel ropes and can be accomplished as long as you are surefooted. From then on it is a steady downhill climb to the cirque [Kar] and then a little further uphill to the catered mountain hut Taschachhaus. Catch a fantastic glimpse of the Taschach glacier world from a viewing point on the mountain’s crest just above the mountain hut. It is advisable to return via the moderately steep agricultural road to the Taschach Alm mountain hut and then further on to Mandarfen. 

Stage without summit – Day 3: Wiese – Piösmes

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Arzl (1189m)
Endpunkt
Wenns (1403m)

Starting point Wiese: Approximately 100 metres before the hamlet Wiese, follow the agricultural road to the 

catered mountain hut Söllbergalm. Once there, a trail leads on through larch and pine forests on a continuously steep trail in the direction of Lake Brechsee. After a 30 minute walk, turn off in the direction of Stallkogel – Mauchele Alm. Then you will come across a newly built, moderately steep trail starting at the catered mountain hut Mauchele Alm. After following the red road markings for approximately 500 metres turn left and walk uphill across rocky terrain towards the catered mountain hut Neubergalm. (Please note that you will have to be sure-footed and unafraid of heights for this section! However, you will be rewarded with beautiful views of the valley). After Neubergalm, a shaded trail leads through mixed woodland to the beautifully set catered mountain hut Tiefentalalm. Then you can choose to return on a trail via Wald or via the agricultural road past the viewing platform of the “Gschwandbach” waterfall towards Scheibe. The agricultural road in Scheibe takes you back to Piösmes. 

3 summits circuit

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Fishpond Piller (1406m)
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Fishpond Piller (1406m)

This trail starts off at the Piller fishpond car park and then follows to the catered mountain hut Gogles Alm on the same route as the Galflun Alm circuit. But once there the “3 summits circuit” forks off and follows a steep uphill path in the direction of Glanderspitze summit. Once there the slightly cropped path follows along the Venet mountain ridge all the way to the Kreuzjochspitze summit. A slightly steeper path leads downhill to a forest road, which then continues on to Gaflun Alm. To descend follow the trail just in front of the mountain hut in the direction of Piller, with the last section following a comfortable forest road back to your starting point. 

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.

Stage without summit – Day 2: Wenns – Wiese

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Wenns (1012m)
Endpunkt
Wiese (1187m)

Starting point: Wenns town centre in the direction of Piller via the old road [Alte Straße] passing Obermühlbach, Bichl and Langegerte. Once there, follow the main road for approximately 300 metres towards Matzlewald. At the sawmill in Matzlewald follow the forest road in the direction of Kienberg. Continue to follow the tarmac road through Kienberg and turn right to Graslehn at the first fork. After the last houses a path leads in the direction of Ritzenriederalm/Straßebergalpe and then joins the “Pitztal Almenweg” trail to the mountain hut Söllbergalm. Once there, a forest road leads back down to Wiese.

Venet Alm circuit

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Fishpond Piller (1406m)
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Fishpond Piller (1406m)

This trail starts off at the Piller fishpond car park and then initially follows a forest road. Follow the signposts in the direction of Larcher Alm or rather Venetalm. Once there, continue to run along a beautiful path to the catered mountain hut Larcher Alm and then follow the signposts to Piller. Once you have reached the forest road continue to follow it and turn off after approximately 1 km in the direction of your starting point at Piller fishpond. 

Muttler Skyrun

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Mandarfen (1679m)
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Mandarfen (1679m)

Starting in Mandarfen, cross the bridge to the mountain rescue building and then turn left and follow the agricultural road up to the catered mountain hut Taschachalm. Then turn left and follow the signpost to Mittelberg. High above the Taschach gorge, a narrow path leads through a forest. Still in the forest, above the “Gasthof Steinbock” restaurant follow the signpost in the direction of Mittagskogel. This steep trail leads through a forest at first but once you’ve reached the tree line you will be rewarded with fantastic panoramic views. Continue to run across mountain meadows and follow the well-marked trail across a boulder section. On your left you can already make out the ridge of the Muttler mountain ahead. Turn left at approximately 2,530 metres (note the small stone sculpture of a man) and follow the last 100 metres in elevation gain on a badly marked trail until you reach the ridge of the Muttler summit. Return on the same trail until you reach the signpost in the forest above Mittelberg. Then run in the direction of Gasthof Steinbock restaurant and past the bus turning area. Follow the panoramic trail at the head of the valley back to Mandarfen. Caution: the ascent up to the Muttler summit is very steep and the last 100 metres in altitude are poorly marked. However, once at the top, you’ll be rewarded with a fantastic view of the upper Pitztal valley! 

Brandkogel circuit

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Mandarfen (1679m)
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Mandarfen (1673m)

Starting in Mandarfen, cross the bridge to the mountain rescue building and then turn right and follow the signpost to “Hirschtal / Rifflsee”. A steep path leads through the Hirschtal valley and up to Rifflsee Lake.  Just below the mountain restaurant Sunna Alm / top station of Rifflsee gondola turn right in the direction of Brandkogel / Cottbusser Höhenweg [high-level trail]. Follow the steep path until you reach the next signpost. Once there, turn left in the direction of Brandkogel until the path gets increasingly steep towards the summit cross at 2,676 metres. Please note that there are sections that will require securing with a fixed rope course. Return via the same path back to Rifflsee. Then run around the right hand shore of the lake and keep right to follow the path back down the valley towards the catered mountain hut Taschachalm. Once there, return on the agricultural road back down to your starting point in Mandarfen. Caution: this route should only be attempted in dry weather conditions! 

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