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Winter hiking

Farm hike between Chienes/Kiens and San Sigismondo/St. Sigmund

Winter hiking · Kronplatz
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Kiens
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    Photo: TV Kiens, Kiens
  • cheese farm Gatscher
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    Photo: TV Kiens, Kiens
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    Photo: TV Kiens, Kiens
  • / Sentiero ddei Masi
    Photo: Tourismusverein Kiens, Kiens
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easy
Distance 8.3 km
3:00 h
380 m
380 m
1,040 m
770 m

Rural tradition and stunning landscapes.

From Gisser Eck in San Sigismondo/St. Sigmund, this hike runs along a sun-spoilt hillside dotted with fascinating glimpses of farm life in the Pusteria/Pustertal valley. On a three-hour hike, this circular trail sets off from the valley bottom and leads through granite-ridden slopes to low mountain plateaus with spectacular views of dense pine forests firmly grappled into the hillside with their widely ramified, deep-reaching roots. Scattered across the glacier-shaped landscapes, quartz phyllite rocks and boulders stick out alongside a number of granite glacial erratics. Many lookout points offer inviting spots for a long break admiring the panoramic views.
Chosen to describe the tradition each farmhouse was known for, the names of the many widely dispersed farmsteads tell an interesting tale: Decker-Hof is derived from Decke, the German word for blanket, while Perchner-Hof refers to a birch grove, Friesenbühel alludes to a frosty hill, Gatscher Hof describes a badly-cut forest clearance, Hitthaler-Hof is reminiscent of a valley of inns and mountain huts (Hüttental) and Neller-Hof is a shortened reference to the name Cornelius.
From Chienes/Kiens, the trail continues back to San Sigismondo/St. Sigmund through these quaint rural landscapes. There are a number of inns to take a well-deserved break: Hotel Gassenwirt, Gasthof Pizzeria Petra and Bonfanti Design Hotel.

Difficulty
easy
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
1,040 m
Lowest point
770 m

Start

Coordinates:
DD
46.808262, 11.811361
DMS
46°48'29.7"N 11°48'40.9"E
UTM
32T 714493 5187695
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Getting there

Kiens center

Coordinates

DD
46.808262, 11.811361
DMS
46°48'29.7"N 11°48'40.9"E
UTM
32T 714493 5187695
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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
  • Kit para bolhas
  • 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
8.3 km
Duration
3:00 h
Ascent
380 m
Descent
380 m
Highest point
1,040 m
Lowest point
770 m
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