From the starting point, follow a path over a bridge then continue to walk on the agricultural road. This flat and
even road leads to the catered mountain hut Taschach Alm. Continue on this road for about 200 m, then turn right on a steep, but well-prepared track up to the Rifflsee lake. After crossing the stream, veer right to the catered mountain hut Riffelseehütte. Continue to walk along the Rifflsee lake to the Rifflseebahn top station. A little further turn right and descend on a track, which affords spectacular views of the Hirschtal v al-ley and along a path set in panoramic scenery to return to Mandarfen. From there, it is about 300 m to return to your starting point.
From the car park of Rifflsee gondola cross the bridge and turn left to walk on the wide agricultural road up to the catered mountain hut Taschach Alm. From there follow the road in the direction of Taschachhaus for a short stretch. Straight after the first bridge a path forks of to the left through the Mittelbergler forest to the valley station of the glacier express and from there on to Mittelberg. Since 2019, then follow the newly built “Pitztaler Sagensteig” [path of Pitztal’s legends]. Find out about the myths and legends of Pitztal at five stops along this path up to the catered mountain hut Gletscherstube at the foot of the Mittelberg glacier. You can return back to Mittelberg via the same path or follow the agricultural road or the Talwanderweg [valley hiking trail] to Mandarfen.
Take the Rifflsee gondola to the top station, then turn right and follow the signs to the Rifflseerundweg (circular
route) all the way to where it joins with a high-level trail, the Offenbacher Höhenweg. After approximately 1 hour walking time, turn off left on a waymark ed steep path to the Plodersee lake. Descend on a waymarked steep track, which joins up with the another high-level trail, the Fuldaer Höhenweg. From there, continue to walk in the
direction of the catered mountain hut Taschach Alm and keep on walking to return to the start in Mandarfen.
Starting point: top station of Rifflsee gondola. From there, turn left to walk around Lake Rifflsee, then cross a river and at the next junction follow the signposts to “Fuldaer Höhenweg” [high-level trail]. Follow the continuously steep path on the left, sometimes up and sometimes down, across several streams until you reach the only critical point of the hike – 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.The descent takes you down to the goods cable lift and from then on along the agricultural road to Taschach Alm and further on to the valley station of Rifflseebahn in Mandarfen. For comfort, you can also complete the last 6 km from the goods cable lift by mountain bike. For more information please see www.pitztal.com.
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