From the Compatsch mountain station to the Edelweiss hut
At the Mountain station Seiser Alm Once arrived, we take the path straight ahead over the bridge (towards the Puflatsch/Panorama cable car) and follow the path for a short distance before turning right behind the restaurant to Compatsch. We walk through Compatsch and at the bottom of the crossroads take the asphalted path no. 7 straight on in the direction of Hotel "Panorama. The 1 km is quite steep with a gradient of up to 15%, but well passable due to the asphalt. Already after 1.5 km we hike on trail no. 7 above the Hotel Santner at 1,940m. Shortly after the hotel follows a slope with up to 16% uphill in the direction of the hotel "Panorama", whereby the path is still asphalted here. At the next junction, however, we continue straight on along path no. 7 instead of turning right towards the hotel. Here the asphalt gets a little worse, but is still good to go. The next 1.5 km are quite pleasant with max. 10% gradient and you can enjoy the great view of the Alpe di Siusi and the Dolomites Beware, however, of cyclists, depending on the season is busy on this part of the route. Shortly before the Edelweiss Hut, we follow trail no. 7 again at the junction, but here the trail condition changes from asphalt to fine gravel.
From the Edelweißhütte to the Mahlknechthütte
After a short rest at the Edelweißhütte, continue on trail no. 7 in the direction of the Grinding Mill Cottage. After approx. 500 m the road runs with a gradient of up to 15%. So that vehicles can also drive along here in winter, paved lanes (asphalt) of approx. 40 cm width were directed on this section. On these the slope can be mastered well. Here you can now also Almrosenhütte (at approx. 2,010 m) can already be seen from afar. We continue to follow trail no. 7 and now have to tackle another climb of approx. 15% directly behind the Almrosenhütte. Due to the gravel path, it may be necessary to reverse up here, depending on the weight centre of the aid. After that, the trail winds comfortably along the mountain at a maximum of 10%. Here the landscape changes from plateau and meadow to light forestation with pines and larches. Since the Mahlknechthütte (2,054 m) lies in a depression, the last few metres before the hut go down again with a gradient of up to 12%.
From the Mahlknechthütte to Saltria
After a refreshment, we now take the forest road 8a in the direction of Saltria. The forest road consists of relatively coarse gravel and is used in the meantime by transport trucks, for example to bring laundry to the shelter. The path 8a also has a gradient of up to 15% and runs mainly in the forest. If this might be too cold for you, you have the possibility to go back to Compatsch via the way there. After about 700m down the serpentines, we come to a crossroads and take path no. 8 to the left in the direction of Saltria. Here the path becomes more pleasant again, as finer gravel has been used here. After a few metres there is a cattle fence to cross, but otherwise the path remains the same as the previous section, with gradients of up to 15 %. The forest thins out a little and we can enjoy the view of the mountain pasture once again, before we reach the Tirler Alm reach. From here, descend again along an asphalt road in the direction of Saltria (trail no. 9). There is a bus stop in Saltria. From here you can take the accessible buses back to Compatsch. The journey takes about 5 minutes. The entrance to the bus is possible in the back of the bus via a folded out ramp, which is, however, somewhat short and steep. Possibly someone should support here when pushing up.
At the beginning, the trail leads over an asphalt road, after which the trail turns into an unpaved forest road with fine gravel. In places, sections are additionally asphalted so that vehicles can better cope with the gradients. From the Mahlknechthütte to Saltria, the forest road consists more of coarse, loose gravel.
From Bolzano or Bressanone in the direction of Siusi/Alpe di Siusi (Brennero state road, turn off at Waidbruck or Blumau). In Siusi park at the cable car and from there take the cable car up to the Alpe di Siusi (Compatsch). The road to the Alpe di Siusi is closed to private traffic from 9:00 to 17:00. Wheelchair users who do not wish to take the cable car can, however, enquire at the tourist office about a special permit.
Approx. 3 hours if you take the bus from Saltria back to Compatsch. From Compatsch to the Mahlknechthütte and back approx. 3 1/2 hours.
Difference in altitude
390 vertical meters
- Manual wheelchair with a strong traction device
- off-road power wheelchairs
- small quad
An escort should be present for the steeper parts of the trail. It can also happen that you have to drive backwards. Here, someone who gives the direction is also useful.
Level of difficulty
The tour is well passable with a four-wheeled traction motor, has uphill and downhill gradients of up to 15 % and the trail conditions are very good except for short sections. 60% of the trails are paved, the remaining 40% are well maintained forest roads or wide hiking trails. An escort is only necessary on the steeper sections to assist with reversing or boarding the bus back to Compatsch. Reversing is only necessary if the wheels of the traction motor spin on gravel when the incline is too steep.
Mahlknechthütte, Almrosenhütte, Edelweißhütte, Hotel Santner, Hotel Goldknopf, Tirler Alm,
In the Mountain station Alpe di Siusi cable car there is a barrier-free WC, which is located in the lower part of the building and can be reached by lift.
There is also a barrier-free WC in the Tirler Alm, which can be reached underground through the garage from the hotel.