Sturdy shoes and hiking poles for steep sections recommended.
Tips, hints and links
Hiking trails, huts and attractions can also be found in the nature adventure map, which can be purchased at the tourist office in Hirschegg.
Hirschegg (1275 m)
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From the Auenhütte at the valley station of the Ifen chairlift passing through Wildmoos we reach the Ochsenaue, where we encounter the path to Melköde. The further trail leads us through the wild-romantic natural reserve Rüche. On both sides of the trail gigantic rocks are lying about – testimonies of a rockfall occurred centuries ago.
At the wayside shrine on the left you have reached the top. Continuing on the trail rightside of the wide plateau we hike to the Alpe Melköde, whose ancient settlements have been inhabited since 1612 throughout the year, according to the records.
Our way takes us further up a fairly steep hillside and passes over into a swampy high plateau. Please stay on the built trail. Afterwards we are taken up to the Schwarzwasserhütte.
Return on the same way as before.
Public transport friendly
Leave the car where it is!
The Walserbus is a convenient way to reach your starting point. Line 5 takes you to the district Au. For this tour you need to get off at the bus stop "Ifen".
Most routes from Germany lead to Ulm before carrying on along the A7. Take the Allgäu junction over a section of the A980 to the Waltenhofen junction, then take the 4- lane B19 via Sonthofen and Oberstdorf to Kleinwalsertal. From Austria (Vorarlberg) and Switzerland you reach the Kleinwalsertal via the Bregenzerwald (Hittisau) – Riedbergpass – Fischen – Oberstdorf. From Tyrol the fastest route is over the A7 to Kempten carrying on along the B19 direction Oberstdorf. A motorway vignette is not required to reach the valley.
A parking area (fee required) is located directly by the starting point.
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike
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