With the mountain railway Jochtal up to the mountain restaurant Jochtal
When you arrive at the valley station of the Jochtal cable car, you can easily park your car in one of the parking spaces. The Jochtal cable car is a gondola lift that can also be used with a wheelchair by adding a ramp. It's best to let the information desk know. The staff is very helpful and will stop the cable car for a short time to put on the mobile ramps and give you time to get on. However, the doors of the cable car itself are quite narrow (see photo), so please check beforehand whether the train can be used with a wheelchair.
From the mountain restaurant to the summit Steinermandl
From Mountain restaurant Jochtal we follow hiking trail no. 11 in the direction of Steinermandl. This initially leads relatively level along the Gänslbichl (2,100 m) and you can enjoy the view in the direction of the Pustertal valley. After a few metres there is a sound installation on the right-hand side, which is particularly interesting for children. Now begins an easy climb with up to 13 % towards the water reservoir. At first we leave the reservoir on the left and follow the trail further up. After a few meters there is the possibility to look at the reservoir from above. In general, there is already a beautiful view of the South Tyrolean mountains at this altitude. The hiking trail 11 now leads relatively flat with a gradient of 5 % to 7 % past sculptures, further in the direction of Steinermandl. Shortly before we reach this, we have to master another short ascent. Directly below the summit cross you can enjoy the incredible view. Unfortunately, the viewing platform located there is not accessible.
If it is not possible to use the mountain railway, there are two alternatives: In Vals continue to the Fane car park and instead of this tour take the Hike to the Fane-Alm do. Or: by car back to Mühlbach and then in the direction of Brixen/Schabs. In Schabs continue in the direction of Spinges (steep mountain road) and there to the "Spingeralm/Wetterkreuz" car park and start the hike from there. This will add 12 kilometres and about 4 hours to the hike. It may be possible, depending on traffic and weather conditions, to continue by car as far as the Anratterhütte and from there to start the hike in the direction of Steinermandl. Please enquire about this beforehand at the Anratterhütte. Tel.: +39 333 100 3378 or +39 339 176 99 64)
Continuously unpaved forest road with fine to coarse gravel.
From Brixen in the direction of Pustertal. Then in Mühlbach follow the signs for Vals/Vales and then the signs for the Gitschberg/Jochtal cable cars. A little after Vals you will reach a large car park, directly connected to the two cable cars. The Jochtal cable car is on the left-hand side. There are no separate disabled parking spaces, but the 3 parking spaces belonging to the cable cars are relatively large.
In total about 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
Difference in altitude
Approx. 110 metres in altitude.
- Wheelchair with traction device
- off-road power wheelchairs
An accompanying person is not required due to the well-developed hiking trail. However, an accompanying person can be helpful for getting on and off the cable car.
Level of difficulty
The trail is well maintained and, except for a slightly uphill section just before the reservoir, is very passable at up to about 13 %. An accompanying person is not necessary, unless help is needed when getting on and off the cable car.
Mountain restaurant Jochtal, Ochsenalmhütte, Anratterhütte, Linderalm
There is a public toilet at the valley station of the Jochtal cable car.
There is also a spacious toilet in the Jochtal mountain restaurant, which can be used on request.
Both toilets are not barrier-free toilets, but due to the generous room design it may be possible to use them.
A more distant option is a barrier-free public toilet at the train station in Mühlbach.