To the Rastner hut on the Rodenecker Alm plateau

Hike across the Rodenecker Alm plateau with views of the Eisack Valley, the Dolomites and the Stubai and Ötztal Alps.

Level of difficulty

Medium

The trip in pictograms

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Impressions

Trip description

Parking lot Zumis to Ronerhütte

Shortly after the start at the parking lot Zumis, directly in front of the Platzer Alm, there is the possibility of a short detour to the Oberhauser Hut to make. Since we want to hike a little further, we take the pleasant forest path (no. 4) towards Ronerhütte. We reach this in about 3/4 of an hour, initially walking through a sparse larch and red spruce forest, which is then replaced by the pastures of the Hochalm. If you like, you can take a short rest in the Ronerhütte (steep short climb to the hut). 

From the Ronerhütte to the Pian Chapel of the Cross

If you want to continue, follow the forest path, which turns right some time before the Ronerhütte hut, towards the Rastnerhütte/Starkenfeldhütte hut. This section of the trail (approx. km 2.4 - km 2.6) up to the Pianer Kreuzkapelle (1,901 m) is the most strenuous and difficult part of the trail with a gradient of up to 13%. During our visit, however, we had no problems mastering this, as we were travelling in pairs and used the traction motor/wheelchair to drive up the steeper parts backwards. Also the ground was dry, so we didn't have to avoid any muddy spots. Since there are also cattle on the mountain pasture, there can be broken places directly around the mountain pasture after rainy weather. There are also cattle grids to cross and if this is not possible with the wheelchair, it is easier to avoid them when the path is dry.

From the Kreuzkapelle to the Rastner Hut

From the Kreuzkapelle chapel, the forest road winds only with slight changes in altitude through the meadow landscape of the Hochalm past a few typical wooden huts. After about 4.3 km from the parking area, you reach a vantage point. Here the individual peaks of the mountain landscape are explained. The view of the Dolomites and the Eisack valley is wonderful. From here, after about 1 km, you come to a fork in the road where you have to choose between the Rastner and Starkenfeld huts. Both can be reached in about 5 minutes. The Starkenfeldhütte with its new building can already be seen in the distance. We decide for the RastnerhütteFrom there we can enjoy a view of the Zillertal Alps, the Großglockner, the Geisler Group, the Ötztal and Stubai Alps and turn left.

The way back is the same as the way there.

Trail conditions

Continuously wide, unpaved forest road with fine gravel.

Directions

Approach via Brixen in the direction of Mühlbach. In Mühlbach direction Rodenecker Alm to the parking lot Zumis. The car park has 1 not very wide disabled parking space right at the beginning on the left by the ticket office. The parking lot is chargeable. Possibly use the possibility to park behind the parking lot at the roadside (forest road), should the disabled parking lot be occupied by other cars.

Time requirement

There and back in total about 3 hours.

Difference in altitude

The trail climbs slowly to an altitude of 1,887 m. The difference in altitude of 200 m is easily manageable.

Suitable wheelchair

  • Wheelchair with traction device
  • off-road power wheelchairs

Accompanying person

Not necessary for experienced riders. Those who are unsure can take a little pushing help in the form of an escort.

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Level of difficulty

Medium

Explanation

It is a well passable, unpaved forest road with good, partially packed gravel. The gradient is easily manageable.

The trail can be mastered by wheelchair users with a traction motor up to the Ronerhütte on their own without any problems. An accompanying person is not absolutely necessary. Experienced wheelchair users with a stronger traction motor can also manage the somewhat steep stretch to the Kreuzkapelle without any problems; if you are unsure, you should possibly drive up backwards.

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