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Hiking in the Derra and Dura Valley

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  • Startpunkt in Baad
    / Startpunkt in Baad
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  • / Auf dem Starzelweg hinein ins Duratal
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  • / Bei der Duraalpe
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  • / Durchs Duratal
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  • / Bachüberquerung im Duratal
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  • / Aufstieg Duratal
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  • / Starzelalp unterhalb der Starzeljochs
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  • / Derrenalpe
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  • / Zustiegs- und Abstiegsmöglichkeiten an der Derrenalpe
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  • / Obere Spitalalpe (unbewirtschaftet)
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  • / Mittlere Spitalalpe im Derratal
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  • / Wer kann an dieser Speisekarte vorübergehen?
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  • / Wanderung im Derra- und Dura-Tal
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m 2200 2000 1800 1600 1400 1200 1000 8 6 4 2 km Derrenalpe (unbewirtschaftet) Starzeljoch (1876 m) Hochstarzel (1974 m) Starzelalp (unbewirtschaftet) Mittlere Spitalalpe
Walser Omgang hike - The Nothing. A balancing half-day tour
difficult
Distance 9.9 km
4:34 h
759 m
759 m
Tours in the secluded valleys Derra and Dura.
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Kleinwalsertal Tourismus eGen
Update: July 07, 2021
Difficulty
difficult
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
1,964 m
Lowest point
1,219 m
Best time of year
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Rest Stop

Mittlere Spitalalpe

Safety information

EMERGENCY: 
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 safe in the mountains

Tour is not recommended with wet weather.

Tips and hints

How do you consciously experience nature?

 

Nature is so much more than the backdrop for unforgettable mountain experiences. It is a habitat for animals and plants. It provides drinking water and supplies us with high quality food. Not only does it provide valuable raw materials such as wood, it also protects against avalanches and mudslides and regulates the climate. It is up to us to support nature in everything that it does for us. One thing is certain, together we can achieve more:

 

Smart in NATURE

CONSCIOUS together

EXPERIENCE foresight

 

Smart in NATURE

Take a deep breath and recharge your batteries, be outside and feel free. When we enjoy nature, we are guests in the living room of shy animals and rare plants. If you behave smart, they will be happy to share their living space with you in the future too.

 

Stay on paths and marked routes

If you follow the marked paths and routes, you are sure to come to new favorite places. In this way you also respect protected areas, because many animals and plants need special protection. Especially in winter, any disturbance unnecessarily costs the wild animals the strength they need to survive.

 

Avoiding twilight times

Standing on a mountain at sunrise is a special experience. The morning and evening hours are also the time when most wild animals are in search of food. If they are disturbed, they get stressed. If it cannot be avoided, please stay on the marked path, do not use a bright headlamp and enjoy the silence.

 

Stay clean & take rubbish with you

It goes without saying: You take rubbish with you again, on the mountain and in the valley. Please also organic waste, because it is composted much more slowly at altitude. You can dispose of the rubbish properly at home or in your accommodation - please remember that there are no rubbish bins in public spaces in Kleinwalsertal.

 

On the natural toilet

If you are looking for a quiet place, please be at least 50 m away from water. Bury excrement or cover it with a large stone. Use fallen leaves or recycled toilet paper and put the paper back in the trash bag.

 

On tour with a dog

Are you always in control of your four-legged partner, even if he gets his nose for marmots, deer or other wild animals? You are both on the safe side on a leash. Keep dogs on a short leash near grazing cattle. If an attack by a grazing animal is foreseeable: leash off immediately. There are numerous dog stations in the valley for the disposal of dog bags. The farmers and alpine farmers thank you because manure in meadows and fields contaminates the feed and makes grazing cattle sick.

 

CONSCIOUS to each other

 

Consideration for other athletes and those looking for relaxation

Everyone loves to enjoy a special piece of earth for themselves. But most of the time we are not traveling alone. No problem, because there is enough space. Allow time, open the way in an accommodating manner, provide support when someone needs help and always give a smile. So nothing stands in the way of friendly cooperation and relaxed enjoyment of nature.

 

Appreciating the preservation of the cultural landscape

Alpine landscapes are touching with their contrast: Imposing peaks and natural forests alternate with gentle valleys, well-tended meadows and pastures. In the Kleinwalsertal too, this delightful landscape at three altitudes is no coincidence, but the result of an interplay of natural and cultural landscapes. Behind this is the work of farmers, alpine and forestry as well as hunters. With their work, they ensure that the attractiveness of the recreation and leisure area and the diversity of species are preserved. We already say thank you if we stay on the marked trails and enjoy regional products.

 

EXPERIENCE farsighted

 

Safe on tour - for you and others

Whether on a ski or snowshoe tour in winter or on a mountain tour in summer, anyone who is out and about in alpine terrain has to be well prepared. This includes careful information and tour planning as well as the right equipment. Correctly assessing alpine dangers requires a lot of knowledge and experience. Why not learn from professionals and go on tour with one of the experienced guides?

Start

Baad (1,219 m)
Coordinates:
DD
47.309578, 10.121619
DMS
47°18'34.5"N 10°07'17.8"E
UTM
32T 584777 5240177
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Destination

Baad

Turn-by-turn directions

We start our hike in Baad. From the roundabout we follow the road upwards, passing the Starzelhaus. Here we walk initially moderately increasing to a forest road until we reach the steep zigzag path leading to the Starzelalp (without restaurant). From here the highlight of the tour is close, the ridge between Starzel- and Derrajoch. The crossing is entertaining, but you should be free from giddiness and bring alpine experience: it brings along many ups and downs with minor climbs in between. We stop on the Hochstarzel for a snack and enjoy the view into the Kleinwalsertal and especially the impressive Große Widderstein. We continue via final exposed area to the Derrajoch. Here our descent begins. At the Derraalpe we turn left. After about 30 minutes we reach the "Mittlere Spitalalp" where we can stop once again before descending the last steeper section after Baad and reach our starting point.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

Leave the car where it is!

The Walserbus is a convenient way to reach your starting point. Line 1 takes you to the village Baad. For this tour you need to get off at the bus stop "Baad".

>>> Timetable Walserbus

Getting there

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.

Parking

A parking area (fee required) is located directly by the starting point.

Coordinates

DD
47.309578, 10.121619
DMS
47°18'34.5"N 10°07'17.8"E
UTM
32T 584777 5240177
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

Nature experience map, M 1:12.000 € 3,00; Kleinwalsertal tour map (with hiking guide), M 1:25.000 € 9,90, DAV hiking map, M 1:25.000 € 9,80; Available at the Walserhaus in Hirschegg

Equipment

Sturdy shoes and hiking poles for steep sections recommended.

Basic Equipment for Mountain Hikes

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Hiking socks  
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid 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 Mountain Hikes

  • Climbing helmet as required
  • 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

5.0
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Robin Giesen
July 28, 2020 · Community
Very beautiful route. Great views. Moderate difficultly I would say
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When did you do this route? October 13, 2019
Family R.-G.
July 09, 2018 · Community
An einem wunderschönen Tag die Tour gemacht. Etwas anstrengender Anstieg, aber man wird belohnt mit der tollen Flora und Fauna und den schönen Ausblicken in die Täler. Die Gratwanderung ist genial, aber für nicht Schwindelfreie ungeeignet, da es an manchen Stellen nur mit Seilen weiter geht (kleiner Klettersteig) im mittleren Teil des Gratwanderung, liegen die Seile auf der Seite, doch dort ist es unserer Meinung nach, ungefährlich weiter zulaufen. Der Abstieg zur Spitalalpe klappt gut und ist unproblematisch. Dort haben wir eine Brotzeit gegessen, sie war gut.
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When did you do this route? July 09, 2018
Anfang der Tour zur inneren Turaalpe, Blick zum Tal
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Auf weg zum Starzeljoch
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Panoramabild am Starzeljochgrat
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Lena Wiesler
October 16, 2017 · Outdooractive Editors
Klasse Herbst-Tour mit wunderschönen Blicken ins Kleinewalsertal und den Bregenzer Wald
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Anfang der Tour zur inneren Turaalpe, Blick zum Tal
Auf weg zum Starzeljoch
Panoramabild am Starzeljochgrat
Alpenflora und Bergsicht erster Klasse
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Difficulty
difficult
Distance
9.9 km
Duration
4:34 h
Ascent
759 m
Descent
759 m
Public-transport-friendly Circular route Scenic Refreshment stops available Summit route Exposed sections Secured passages Ridge traverse

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