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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).

Wildgrat Trail

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Middel station (2024m)
Endpunkt
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)
Endpunkt
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

Ausgangspunkt
Mandarfen (1679m)
Endpunkt
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!

3 summits circuit

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Fishpond Piller (1406m)
Endpunkt
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

Ausgangspunkt
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

Ausgangspunkt
Fishpond Piller (1406m)
Endpunkt
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. 

Taschachhaus circuit

Ausgangspunkt
Mandarfen (1679m)
Endpunkt
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. 

Muttler Skyrun

Ausgangspunkt
Mandarfen (1679m)
Endpunkt
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

Ausgangspunkt
Mandarfen (1679m)
Endpunkt
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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