Winter hiking recommended route

Round trip Wäldele

Winter hiking · Kleinwalsertal
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  • Am Höhenweg am Heuberg
    / Am Höhenweg am Heuberg
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  • / Winterwandern im Wäldele
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  • / Winterwandern im Wäldele
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  • / Winterwandern im Wäldele
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  • / Verschneite Naturbrücke im Winter
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Very varied round hike through the Hirschegger district Wäldele with panoramic views of the valley, forest passages and creek crossings.
moderate
Distance 3.8 km
1:15 h
168 m
20 m
From the hustle and bustle of the ski area on Heuberg and Parsenn you hike into the quiet Wäldele. For a short time you will feel far distant from civilization. After that passage refreshment stops possible in Wäldele at Alpenhotel Küren and Cafe Walserblick.

Author’s recommendation

At the sports field in Au, we recommend a detour to the natural bridge. Turn left onto the winter hiking trail next to the cross country trail (just under 10 minutes on foot)
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Update: November 05, 2021
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
1,282 m
Lowest point
1,114 m
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Safety information

EMERGENCY NUMBERS 
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www.vorarlberg.travel/sicherheitstipps 

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

Hirschegg (1,114 m)
Coordinates:
DD
47.344929, 10.167810
DMS
47°20'41.7"N 10°10'04.1"E
UTM
32T 588209 5244157
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Destination

Hirschegg

Turn-by-turn directions

The path takes you out of the village to the wild and romantic Schwarzwasserbach, through rustic forests, to the Auenhütte at the foot of the Hohen Ifen

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 Hirschegg. For this tour you need to get off at the bus stop "Walserhaus".

>>> 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

Paid parking spaces are located near the starting point. Parking along the main road is not permitted.

Coordinates

DD
47.344929, 10.167810
DMS
47°20'41.7"N 10°10'04.1"E
UTM
32T 588209 5244157
w3w 
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

NatureExperience Map, M 1:12.000 € 3,00; Available in the Walserhaus in Hirschegg

Equipment

Sturdy shoes and hiking poles for steep sections recommended. When necessary, rainproof clothing and head covering.

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
moderate
Distance
3.8 km
Duration
1:15 h
Ascent
168 m
Descent
20 m
Public-transport-friendly Scenic Refreshment stops available Family-friendly Dog-friendly Way cleared Groomed snow Linear route

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