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Winter Hiking recommended route

Stone Pine Forest nature treasure - Obergurgl

Winter Hiking · Oetztal
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PARKING GARAGE CENTER -> Stone pine Forest -> PARKING GARAGE CENTER

 

easy
Distance 2.9 km
1:00 h
70 m
70 m
Obergurgl`s stone pine forest nestles at the heart of the Ötztal Alps. It´s an ancient wooded area and therefore a true rarity - which makes it an official natural monument. 

Unusual perspectives and outstanding insights take you on an exciting journey through the stone pine forest of Obergurgl. From Obergurgl´s center you walk through the village to Mahdstuhllift and further on in the direction of the stone pine forest (Zirbenwald). Past Zirben Alm to the wayside cross. Then you walk straight through the natural monument area and back again.

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Update: July 26, 2021
Difficulty
easy
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
2,156 m
Lowest point
1,902 m
Best time of year
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Safety information

Please pay attention to the current weather- & avalanche report: 

https://www.oetztal.com/de/winter.html & https://lawinen.report/bulletin/latest.

 

Start

Obergurgl center (1,906 m)
Coordinates:
DD
46.870408, 11.027244
DMS
46°52'13.5"N 11°01'38.1"E
UTM
32T 654492 5192758
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Destination

Obergurgl center

Turn-by-turn directions

Obergurgl`s stone pine forest nestles at the heart of the Ötztal Alps. It´s an ancient wooded area and therefore a true rarity - which makes it an official natural monument. 

Unusual perspectives and outstanding insights take you on an exciting journey through the stone pine forest of Obergurgl. From Obergurgl´s center you walk through the village to Mahdstuhllift and further on in the direction of the stone pine forest (Zirbenwald). Past Zirben Alm to the wayside cross. Then you walk straight through the natural monument area and back again.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Travel safe and comfortable with the train to the Ötztal Bahnhof train station. Last stop and exit point is the train station Ötztal Bahnhof. Afterwards you can travel smoothly and quick with the public transport or out local taxi companies through the valley to your desired destination. Please find the current bus timetable here: http://fahrplan.vvt.at      

Getting there

The car drive to the Ötztal valley. Situated in Tirol, the Ötztal valley set off in southerly direction and is the longest side valley in the Eastern Alps. The journey with the car leads you through the Inntal valley to the entrance of the vallly and further on through the valley. Among the toll motorways you can also use the country roads. A route planner will show you the easiest and most convenient way: https://www.google.at/maps.    

Parking

The following parking facilities are available in Gurgl:

Parking garage (center of Obergurgl), chargeable

Parking garage - bottom station Festkogl, chargeable - no parking at night

Parking Hochgurglbahn valley station, free of charge - no parking at night

 

Coordinates

DD
46.870408, 11.027244
DMS
46°52'13.5"N 11°01'38.1"E
UTM
32T 654492 5192758
w3w 
///chanted.shielding.operated
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

Appropriate equipment such as breathable suitable outdoor clothes for the weather, wind-, rain-, snow- and sun protection, hat and gloves is for all hikes and tours necessary. Please bring a first-aid box, a mobile phone, a walking map and if there is no hut on the way a snack and enough to drink.  

Basic Equipment for Winter Hiking

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots appropriate for winter use (B1+ recommended)
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Long, warm technical socks plus liners and spares
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Water- and windproof mountaineering jacket and trousers with ankle adjustment or separate gaiters
  • Lip protection (SPF 30+)
  • Water- and windproof gloves plus thin fleece inner gloves
  • Neckwear
  • moisture wicking skull / knit cap
  • Sunglasses
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Blister kit
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID

Technical Equipment for Winter Hiking

  • Hiking poles fitted with snow baskets
  • Trail ‘spike’ crampons at minimum and a basic ice axe are recommended when covering steeper terrain
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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Difficulty
easy
Distance
2.9 km
Duration
1:00 h
Ascent
70 m
Descent
70 m
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