Winter hiking recommended route

The Bildstein Winter Circuit

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  • Geisbirn/Bildstein
    / Geisbirn/Bildstein
    Photo: Helmut Tiefenthaler, Bodensee-Vorarlberg Tourismus GmbH
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Bildstein village square (665m) – Kapf (815m) – Geisbirn (822m) – Farnach Moos (880m) – Oberbildstein (940m) – Schneider (900m) – Grub (750m) – Bildstein
easy
Distance 8.2 km
2:30 h
350 m
350 m
The route runs on quiet access roads with hard surface. For hikers, roads are most comfortable when they are freshly cleared after snowfall, but still covered by a thin snow layer.
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Author
Helmut Tiefenthaler
Update: March 11, 2016
Difficulty
easy
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
946 m
Lowest point
654 m
Best time of year
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Safety information

www.vorarlberg.travel/de/serviceline
www.vorarlberg.at/lawine

Start

Bildstein village square (653 m)
Coordinates:
DD
47.458010, 9.772400
DMS
47°27'28.8"N 9°46'20.6"E
UTM
32T 558218 5256352
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Destination

Bildstein village square

Turn-by-turn directions

The trail starts at the bus stop or the car park in the village square and soon leads to a shady mountain forest. From there, the road climbs up to the sun-exposed slopes of the settlements of Knobel and Kapf, and then continues on almost level ground along the Geisbirn terrace. Sweeping views into the Rhine valley, to Lake Constance in the north and the Alvier group in the south unfold as you mount, with the more than 3000m high Ringelspitzen peaks still discernible on the far horizon. At Farnach Moos, a protected hill moor, you mount uphill to Ferienheim Oberbildstein. From here you can see as far as the Vorderer Bregenzerwald and may even be able to spot some peaks of the Allgäu Alps between Hochhäderich and the Hohe Ifen. Near the centre of the ridge, you will catch sight of the towering Kanisfluh and Hochkünzelspitze peaks behind the Lorena. From here, descend on the north side of the ridge. Between Schniederloch at Buggenegg and Schneider the trail follows what is probably the oldest connection between Wolfurt und Alberschwende. In the hamlet of Schneider, the route turns left in the direction of Kreuzmoos. Continue hiking downhill through an idyllic high-lying hollow, with far-reaching views across the Rhine valley and the Appenzell mountains with the Säntis peak. Crossing the old clearings of Kreuzmoos and Grub, you pass remote mountain farms between ravine forests. After the forking below Grub, continue some 15min through cool and shady winter woods to pick up the trail you started out on when first hiking uphill. From here, it is only a short way to go back to the village of Bildstein to complete the circuit.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

www.oebb.at

Parking

Bildstein village square

Coordinates

DD
47.458010, 9.772400
DMS
47°27'28.8"N 9°46'20.6"E
UTM
32T 558218 5256352
w3w 
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

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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Rating

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Vincent Vega
February 05, 2017 · Community
Wär eine sehr schöne Tour, leider ist der Grossteil der Tour aber auf Strassen die doch stark von Autos befahren ist.
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Difficulty
easy
Distance
8.2 km
Duration
2:30 h
Ascent
350 m
Descent
350 m
Circular route Scenic Refreshment stops available

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