Snowshoe hiking & winter walking

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The hiking paradise of Sölden also has a marvelous winter season: 49.5 km of cleared, signposted winter hiking trails take walkers straight through snow-covered forests, white meadows and along Ötztaler Ache mountain brook. Adventure-seeking vacationers grab their snowshoes and listen to the crunching snow under their feet while lively Sölden disappears in the background. Trudging  through the untouched white either on your own or accompanied by a local guide you will take new insights on the way to rustic mountain huts.

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Kaiser Trail (698)

Natur Trails • Oetztal
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Leading from Höfle (in the hamlet of Kaisers) to Brand. A very flowing trail!

medium
1 km
0:15 h
6 m
86 m

A truly pleasant route on nice forest soil, ideal for a short outing after work. Steeply ascending sections take you the start of the trail. What's best, there are no mountain lifts on this side of the valley and you can enjoy a truly charming and secluded Single Trail far away from the much busier slopes of the BIKE REPUBLIC SÖLDEN. In some parts the route features tree roots and short but very steep descents.

In case of wet and rainy weather it takes quite long to dry again. After about 500 m the this route joins the Ötztal Cycle Trail (11) shortly before you get to the hamlet of Aschbach. Then you can either return to the BIKE REPUBLIC SÖLDEN or head towards the lower valley.

Author’s recommendation

Scenic Kaiser Trail makes a perfect combination with the Kaiserwald Route (603), ideal for a short bike tour after work. This part of Sölden is much less frequented as there are no mountain lifts.

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Bergbahnen Sölden, Mag. Jakob Falkner

Updated: 2018-07-30

Difficulty
medium
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Landscape
Altitude
1437 m
1360 m
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Safety information

This one is a Shared Trail. In case of wet and rainy weather it takes very long to dry again.

Equipment

Appropriate Equipment Rules! We strongly recommend to wear protective bike gear (knee and elbow pads, helmet, back protector, ...) on all lines, trails, enduro tracks and mountain bike routes within the BIKE REPUBLIC SÖLDEN. Enter the Republic only with a bike that meets current quality standards.

Tips, hints and links

More details about biking & cycling in Ötztal: https://www.oetztal.com/biken 

Start

Sölden - Hamlet of Höfle (1433 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
47.001843 N 11.013894 E
UTM
32T 653100 5207337

Destination

Hamlet of Brand

Turn-by-turn directions

The Kaiser Trail can be reached on the blue Kaiserwald Mountain Bike Route (603). After a short stretch on the forest trail you reach the Single Trail right amidst the forest. This route ends on the Ötztal Trail (11) which takes you southwards back to Sölden or northwards towards Längenfeld.

A truly pleasant route on nice forest soil, ideal for a short outing after work. Steeply ascending sections take you the start of the trail. What's best, there are no mountain lifts on this side of the valley and you can enjoy a truly charming and secluded Single Trail far away from the much busier slopes of the BIKE REPUBLIC SÖLDEN. In some parts the route features tree roots and short but very steep descents.

In case of wet and rainy weather it takes quite long to dry again. After about 500 m the this route joins the Ötztal Trail shortly before you get to the hamlet of Aschbach. Then you can either return to the BIKE REPUBLIC SÖLDEN or head towards the lower valley.

Public transport

Public transport friendly

Arriving by Train

Enjoy a comfortable and relaxing train ride to the train station in Ötztal Bahnhof. The public bus lines to all holiday resorts in the valley (direction Obergurgl) leave directly in front of the train station. The bus ride to Sölden takes about 1 – 1.5 hours.

All important details on bus timetables, direct connections and taxi services are available here.

Getting there

WHERE IS SÖLDEN?

Sölden is located in the West of Austria, more exactly in the Province of TIROL. It nestles amidst the ÖTZTAL Valley, a south-facing side valley of the Inntal.

Best travel route from the West:

From Vorarlberg to Tirol via Arlberg Pass or through Arlberg Tunnel (S 16 Federal Road) - direction Landeck - change to A 12 Autobahn (direction Innsbruck) - exit: Ötztal after driving through Roppener Tunnel - on B 186 Federal Road (35 km) to Sölden

From the North:

- Bad Tölz - Achen Pass - B 181 Federal Road - Jenbach - A 12 Autobahn towards Innsbruck (direction Bregenz) - exit: Ötztal - B 186 Federal Road (35 km) to Sölden

- Pfronten - Reutte - Fernpass - Imst - A 12 Autobahn (direction Innsbruck) - exit: Ötztal after driving through Roppener Tunnel or on B 171 Federal Road to Ötztal (no Vignette toll-sticker required!) - B 186 Federal Road (35 km) to Sölden

- Garmisch Partenkirchen - Ehrwald - Lermoos - Fernpass - Imst - A 12 Autobahn (direction Innsbruck) – exit: Ötztal after driving through Roppener Tunnel or on B 171 Federal Road to Ötztal (no Vignette toll-sticker required!) - B 186 Federal Road (35 km) to Sölden

- Garmisch Partenkirchen - Mittenwald - Scharnitz - Seefeld - Telfs - A 12 Autobahn (direction Bregenz) - exit: Ötztal or on B 171 Federal Road to Ötztal (no Vignette toll-sticker required!) - B 186 Federal Road (35 km) to Sölden

From the East:

Munich or Salzburg - A 93 Autobahn to Kufstein - A 12 Autobahn (direction Bregenz) via Innsbruck – exit: Ötztal - B 186 Federal Road (35 km) to Sölden

From the South:

From Bozen/Bolzano towards Brenner Pass (toll road) – on Brenner Autobahn via Schönberg toll station (direction Innsbruck) to Innsbruck - then change to A 12 Autobahn (direction Bregenz) – exit: Ötztal - B 186 Federal Road (35 km) to Sölden

Parking

There are ample parking areas and covered parking garages at the base stations of Gaislachkogl and Giggijoch Mountain Gondolas. Parking is free of charge between 8.00 am and 7.00 pm!

Night-time parking of motor cars is subject to a charge and allowed only in the parking garage next to Gaislachkogl Mountain Gondola:

More details on night-time parking

Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

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Distance
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Duration
0:15 h
Ascent
6 m
Descent
86 m
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