From the Hofer Alpl to the Weißlahn viewpoint
After a breather on the Hofer Alpl Alpine hut there is still the possibility to continue via the lookout point Weißlahn to the Tuffalm. Until Weißlahn the forest road continues, which was already used on the way to Hofer Alpl. The gravel is quite rough and in some places should be driven in serpentines to give the tractor more traction. In sections, gradients of up to 18% are possible here. At Weißlahn it is mainly the base station of the material railway for the Schlernhaus, via which food and other goods are regularly brought to the Schlernhaus. From here you have a great view over Völs and the Eisack valley to Bozen. If you don't dare to continue, you can turn around here and start your way home.
From Weißlahn to the Tuffalm
From the cable car station, follow trail no. 1 in the direction of the Tuffalm. At the beginning it is also a nice path, similar to the previous forest road. However, after about 500 m this changes, now the path becomes stony and uneven with some tree roots. Although the path remains relatively wide throughout, the stones make it difficult to continue. After the hiking trail (a cross connection from the Hofer Alpl) has joined our path, it continues relatively moderately for the time being with a gradient of up to 13%. After the short recovery, a creek bed with coarse gravel now has to be crossed, which however is not very deep. In case of doubt, the creek can carry more water, making it impossible to pass the creek bed. Directly behind the brook comes the next challenge, here it goes with 20% - 30% gradient approx. 600 m over a very steep and above all very stony section, which is intergrown by large tree roots and washed out by the water of the brook very much. This is the most strenuous part of the hike and it continues on a fairly comfortable, wide hiking trail with a gradient of about 10% to the meadows below the Tuffalm. As soon as the Tuffalm can be seen, we continue across the meadows up to the alpine pasture and not on the hiking trail, which now turns left, as this is not suitable for wheelchair users. Depending on the traction device, help is also required for climbing the alpine meadows to the Tuffalm, as the grass can be slippery and muddy in places, depending on the weather.
From here you can then Tour direction Völser Weiher and go home with it.
From Hofer Alpl to the Weißlahn lookout point, a wide, unpaved forest road with coarse gravel, from Weißlahn initially still a gravel road, then a forest road with tree roots and a stream bed that must be crossed.temporarily asphalted road again.
Via Blumau in the direction of Völs am Schlern. From there, take the first exit at the roundabout in the direction of Ums. Park at the Moarmühle car park and start the tour to Hofer Alpl from there.
Downhill from Hofer Alpl to Tuffalm approx. 1 hour.
Difference in altitude
On this tour approx. 200 meters of altitude are overcome.
- manual wheelchair with strong traction device and all-terrain tyres
- narrow quad or similarly strong off-road vehicle
Absolutely necessary, as the wheelchair can tip sideways when driving along the path due to the stones and tree roots and should therefore be helped/controlled here. At these points, the accompanying person should make sure that this does not happen, as the wheelchair user must concentrate completely on steering and braking.
Level of difficulty
Due to the trail conditions and the sloping paths of up to 30% with simultaneous unevenness, we have classified this tour as an expert tour. It is also essential to take an accompanying person with you, as the wheelchair could tip sideways at one point or another. It is also possible to "slip out" of the wheelchair on this slope.
Hofer Alpl, Tuffalm
In the Tuffalm you can reach the toilets via a rather steep "ramp" in the cellar. These are spacious, but not specially equipped for wheelchair users and therefore usable, but not completely barrier-free. We have not tested the toilets ourselves, but only briefly looked in.