Hike to Malga Zirmait below the mountain Punta Quaira

Hike from Spiluck above Bressanone to the Malga Zirmait with a great panoramic view of the Dolomites.

Level of difficulty

Medium

The trip in pictograms

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Impressions

Trip description

From the Spiluck car park towards Malga Zirmait

From the Spiluck car park, we follow forest path no. 2 up to the Spilucker meadows and the Steinwiesalm. The path here is very pleasant with a gradient of up to 10% and a surface of fine white gravel. Shortly before the Steinwiesalm, the forest path climbs further in serpentines with up to 15%. We turn left at the turn-off towards the Steinwiesalm, an unmanned alpine hut, and have to master our first challenge directly behind the alp: The path now has very coarse gravel with some thick stones and a slope of up to 22% for about 200 m. For this section, an accompanying person and a strong traction device are required – possibly, one has to drive backwards due to the lack of grip. After that, the path becomes a bit more pleasant with up to 15%, but the forest path now has a green stripe in the middle. After about 400 m you reach the stream of Spiluck, which must be crossed and at the same time represents the transition to a more pleasant section with a maximum gradient of 10%. The path here turns into a well-trodden forest path.

Along the forest path no. 3 up to the Malga Zirmait

After about 500 m we come to another crossroads and turn right towards Malga Zirmait. In this section, we follow the well-developed forest path no. 3 up to the hut. The maximum gradient here is 15%. The second challenge follows at the so-called Spilucker Jöchl (Joch or Jöchl Joch is a designation in the Alpine region for the lowest section of the ridge between two mountain peaks). Here we continue in a left bend onto the forest path 2 A, which now slowly turns into a forest path with partly rough stones, which have to be avoided on the approx. 500 m long stretch. Due to the additional slope of up to 20% and the softer forest soil, it may also be necessary to drive backwards or to call on the help of an accompanying person. Shortly afterward you reach the alpine hut.

The return journey takes place on the same route. 

Alternative route

Those who do not dare to make the two described climbs on this variant can choose an alternative route. To do this, you start at the Wieserhof above Schalders and follow forest path no. 3 to the Spilucker Jöchl. The last section on the trail no. 2 A is the same as described here. However, one bypasses the slope at the Steinwiesenalm. To reach the Wieserhof you have to drive from Vahn/Bressanone into the direction of Schalders instead of Spiluck. 

Trail conditions

Forest road or well-developed forest path. Partly with fine white gravel, partly with forest soil with medium to large stones in the way. A shallow river bed has also to be crossed.

Directions

The starting point is the hiking car park at the end of the street to Spiluck. It lies slightly above Spiluck, which you approach via Vahrn/Varna near Bressanone.

Time requirement

1 1/2 to 2 hours from Spiluck to Malga Zermait.

Difference in altitude

Approx. 500 meters of altitude

Suitable wheelchair

  • Manual wheelchair with a strong traction device
  • off-road power wheelchairs

Accompanying person

A strong accompanying person should be present in any case because on the hike you will have to drive backwards in some sections or master two steeper ascents for which – depending on the traction device – pushing assistance is necessary. 

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Level of difficulty

Medium

Explanation

Due to the sometimes difficult terrain and gradients of up to 22%, this hike requires a strong traction device, appropriate equipment of the wheelchair with MTB tires and camber, and an accompanying person. However, advanced hikers should be able to master the tour well together with an experienced accompanying person. 

Resting facilities

Malga Zirmait

Tested:

Accessible toilet

The Malga Zirmait does not have an accessible toilet. 

Unfortunately, the next accessible toilet can be found in Bressanone.

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