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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).

Hochzeiger Ultra circuit

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Valley station (1467m)
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Valley station (1466m)

This is a long and difficult trail. From the valley station in Liss run along the tarmac road to Kaitanger. Once there, the trail follows along the Adlerweg [Eagle trail] to the catered mountain hut LeinerAlpe. From there, follow the steep trail to Sechszeiger, passing a pond on your left hand side until you reach the Niederjöchl. Then follow an uneven single trail uphill until you reach the fork in the direction of the catered mountain hut Erlanger Hütte. This is followed by a downhill section of approximately 300 metres in altitude passing the Hinterer Sea Lake on your right hand side. Then follow the markings uphill in the direction of Wildgrat. The trail on this uphill cross boulder section is marked by red dots. Follow the markings all the way to the ridge. Once there you have the option to run on to the Wildgrat summit cross, but please note that you have to be surefooted and unafraid of heights in order to do this! Otherwise follow the markings downhill in the direction of the intermediate station past the Großsee Lake on your left. At the next fork you have the option to run via the Hochzeiger summit and along the ridge downhill to Zollkreuz. At the Zollkreuz junction continue to run in the direction of Zollberg (2.225m). From then on it’s downhill all the way via a single trail to the forest road until you reach the valley lift station in Liss.  



Duration: 4 -5 h

Stage with summit – Day 4: Vari. I Piösmes - Plangeroß

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Piösmes (1387m)
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Plangeroß (1610m)

Starting point district Piösmes: Go back to Scheibe and then follow a forest road, then a steep forest path for 1.5 hours until you reach the catered mountain hut. This is the first and only optional food station of this day’s tour. Then follow a wide forest road for ca. 1 km until you are beneath the Rappenkopf summit. After approximately 100 metres in altitude you will reach the Rappenkopf peak, where you will be rewarded you with breathtaking panoramic views. After the descent from the peak, a path forks off in a southerly direction. Follow this uphill trail until you reach another fork after approximately 500 metres and again turn in a southerly direction. Here a high-level trail built in 2012 starts, which will remain on approximately the same level between 2,000 m and 2,400m beneath the Seirlöcherkogel summit and in the direction of Neururer Berg summit. Along this section there are several fantastic viewing points in the direction of Mandarfen or the Mittagskogel summit and Pitztal’s glaciers. After approximately 4 hours walking time you will reach the Neururer Berg mountain and cross the Seebach brook via a wooden bridge. Then follow a trail in a southerly direction until you reach Lake Mittelberglsee at 2,446 metres. Once there, continue on a slightly sloping trail that is secured with ropes in the direction of Karlesegg (leads to the high-level trail “Cottbuser Höhenweg”). Then hike via the catered mountain hut Plangeroßer Alm to Plangeroß. 

Stage without summit – Day 4: Vari. I Piösmes – Plangeroß

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Piösmes (1387m)
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Plangeroß (1610m)

Starting point district Piösmes: Go back to Scheibe and then follow a forest road, then a steep forest path for 1.5 hours until you reach the catered mountain hut. This is the first and only optional food station of this day’s tour. Then follow a wide forest road for ca. 1 km until you are beneath the Rappenkopf summit, then turn off onto a steep trail in a Southerly direction. Follow this uphill trail until you reach another fork after approximately 500 metres and again turn in a southerly direction. Here a high-level trail built in 2012 starts, which will remain on approximately the same level between 2,000 m and 2,400m beneath the Seirlöcherkogel summit and in the direction of Neururer Berg summit. Along this section there are several fantastic viewing points in the direction of Mandarfen or the Mittagskogel summit and Pitztal’s glaciers. After approximately 4 hours walking time you will reach the Neururer Berg mountain and cross the Seebach brook via a wooden bridge. Then follow a trail in a southerly direction until you reach Lake Mittelberglsee at 2,446 metres. Once there, continue on a slightly sloping trail that is secured with ropes in the direction of Karlesegg (leads to the high-level trail “Cottbuser Höhenweg”). Then hike via the catered mountain hut Plangeroßer Alm to Plangeroß. 

Stage without summit – Day 6: Mandarfen – Mandarfen

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Mandarfen (1683m)
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Mandarfen (1683m)

Starting point Mandarfen: the day starts leisurely with a ride up on the Glacier Express. At the top station a trail on the left leads East across the Mittelberg Glacier. Please note that this glacier crossing towards the Braunschweiger mountain hut requires experience in Alpine terrain. The steep descent from the hut, in parts over steps, rewards with fantastic views of the surrounding glacier world. The rocky waterfall trail passes the icefall down towards the catered mountain hut Gletscherstube. Once there, return to Mandarfen following the agricultural road. 

Stage with summit – Day 4: Vari. III Piösmes - Mandarfen

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Piösmes (1387m)
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Mandarfen (1677m)

Starting point district Piösmes: Go back to Scheibe and then follow a forest road, then a steep forest path until you reach the catered mountain hut Arzler Alm. Afterwards follow a wide forest road for ca. 1 kilometre until you are beneath the Rappenkopf summit. After approximately 100 metres in altitude you will reach the Rappenkopf peak, where you will be rewarded with breathtaking panoramic views. After the descent from the peak, a path forks off in a southerly direction. Follow this uphill trail until you reach another fork after approximately 500 metres and again turn in a southerly direction. Here the high-level trail, built in 2012 starts, which will remain on approximately the same level between 2,000 m and 2,400m beneath the Seirlöcherkogel summit and in the direction of Neururer Berg. Along this section there are several fantastic viewing points in the direction of Mandarfen or the Mittagskogel summit and Pitztal’s glaciers. After a walking time of approximately 4 hours you will reach Neururer Berg mountain and then follow a shaded forest trail downhill towards Trenkwald. Follow the signposts to Plangeroß via the Pitztal Bike trail. And then follow the valley hiking trail to Mandarfen. 

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.  

Wildgrat Trail

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Middel station (2024m)
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Valley station (1468m)

Run from the intermediate station via a path past the alpine pasture Kalbenalm towards the summit Sechszeiger. Folow from the mountain ridge towards Hochzeiger and by the Niederjöchl turn left and run downhill to the junction towards the alpine pasture Erlangerhütte. Past the Hinterer Sea Lake on your right. Follow the markings uphill in the direction of Wildgrat. The trail on this uphill cross boulder section is marked by red dots. Follow the markings all the way to the ridge. Once there you have the option to run on to the Wildgrat summit cross, but please note that you have to be surefooted and unafraid of heights in order to do this! Otherwise, follow the markings downhill in the direction of the intermediate station past the Großsee Lake on your left. At the next fork you have the option to run via the Hochzeiger summit or via the Obere and Untere Goaßsteig to the Zollkreuz (option to return to intermediate station). At the Zollkreuz junction continue to run in the direction of Zollberg (2.225m). From then on, it’s all downhill via a single trail to the forest road until you reach the valley lift station in Liss.  

Stage without summit – Day 4: Vari. III Piösmes – Mandarfen

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Piösmes (1388m)
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Mandarfen (1677m)

Starting point district Piösmes: Go back to Scheibe and then follow a forest road, then a steep forest path until you reach the catered mountain hut Arzler Alm. Afterwards follow a wide forest road for ca. 1 kilometre until you are beneath the Rappenkopf summit, then turn off onto a steep trail in a southerly direction. Follow this uphill trail until you reach another fork after approximately 500 metres and again turn in a southerly direction. Here the high-level trail, built in 2012 starts, which will remain on approximately the same level between 2,000 m and 2,400m beneath the Seirlöcherkogel summit and in the direction of Neururer Berg. Along this section there are several fantastic viewing points in the direction of Mandarfen or the Mittagskogel summit and Pitztal’s glaciers. After a walking time of approximately 4 hours you will reach Neururer Berg mountain and then follow a shaded forest trail downhill towards Trenkwald. Follow the signposts to Plangeroß via the Pitztal Bike trail. And then follow the valley hiking trail to Mandarfen. 

Kaunergrat Trail – extreme trail

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Mandarfen (1679m)
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Trenkwald (1502m)

Staring in Mandarfen, follow the agricultural road down the river to Plangeross. Once there, there is a steep ascent past the non-catered Plangeroß Alm vorbei, to the catered mountain hut Kaunergrathütte (2,817 m). Once there, continue to run in a North-Easterly direction to the Steinbockjoch, the highest point of this tour at 2,950 metres. Then continue passing a mountain lake and on to “auf den Sassen”. Then turn left to the emerald green Mittelerglesee Lake and once you’ve passed the lake turn right and run downhill in the direction of Neururer Alpe/Trenkwald and NOT up to the Verpeiljoch! Follow the alpine brook down the valley, then run along the “Almenweg” until you reach Neururer Alpe. Once there, follow the steep path down the valley to Trenkwald. Take the bus (or run an extra 5 km) to get back to your starting point in Mandarfen.   Caution: this is a very demanding and long trail with an ascent of almost 3,000 metres. It is absolutely essential to carry full equipment!

Taschachhaus circuit

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Mandarfen (1679m)
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Mandarfen (1673m)

Starting in Mandarfen, initially cross the bridge to the mountain rescue building and then turn left and follow the agricultural road up to the Taschachalm. Once there continue to run on the right hand side on the path leading up to Rifflsee Lake until a path forks off on the left. Instead of continuing up to Rifflseee, turn left and run via the Fuldaer high-level trail to the catered mountain hut Taschachhaus. Once there, it is a steep descent down across the glacier moraine passing the bottom station of the goods cable lift and on to the agricultural road at the bottom of the Taschach valley back to the Taschachalm. Return via the same route to the starting point in Mandarfen. Caution: This is a very long trail of over 20 kilometres! It can be shortened by descending at the Fuldaer high-level trail back down to the Taschach valley, but please note that the path leading downhill can be easily overlooked. 

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