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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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Sautner Forchet - red trail

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SAUTENS -> Kreuzkapelle Sportplatz -> Sautner Forchet -> different ways -> SAUTENS
easy
3.5 km
1:00 h
71 m
71 m
More than 3000 years ago immense parts of the Tschirgant mountain massively crashed into the valley by blocking the entrance to the Ötztal. Today this wonderful area amidst the densely populated Tyrolean Inntal has become a true nature treasure, almost untouched by men. Two breathtaking loop trails travel straight through this awesome landscape called "Sautner Forchet", which is known for its exciting cultural spots (Kalkofen area, cavehouse, …). Information panels inform about the region's fauna and geology. 

 

Here the description for the red Trail:

Starting at the Kreuzkapelle chapel in Sautens, you follow the road for about 100 m. Then the red trail forks-off into the forest area to the right. A beautiful walking path travels to the Tschirgantblick vantage point. Proceed to the information board about the area's bird species and geological facts. A very recommendable walk especially in spring and autumn. This loop tour is also meant as a geocaching trail with treasure map for children.

Walking time: 1 ½ - 2 hours

Author’s recommendation

Please take enough to drink with you especially in the hot summer months.

Difficulty
easy
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Highest point
863 m
Lowest point
802 m
Best time of year
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Safety information

Easy hiking trail, particularly suitable for beginners. Please mind the current weather forecast at www.oetztal.com

Equipment

It is recommended to wear hiking equipment such as breathable and weather-adapted outdoor clothing, ankle-high mountain boots, wind, rain and sun protection, cap and possibly gloves. It is also important to have enough food, as well as a first-aid package, a cell phone and a hiking map.

 

Tips, hints and links

More details about hiking in Ötztal: https://www.oetztal.com/wandern 

Start

Kreuzkapelle Sautens (823 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
47.212914, 10.846132
UTM
32T 639792 5230478

Destination

Kreuzkapelle Sautens

Turn-by-turn directions

Red Trail

Starting at the Kreuzkapelle chapel in Sautens, you follow the road for about 100 m. Then the red trail forks-off into the forest area to the right. A beautiful walking path travels to the Tschirgantblick vantage point. Proceed to the information board about the area's bird species and geological facts. A very recommendable walk especially in spring and autumn. This loop tour is also meant as a geocaching trail with treasure map for children.

Walking time: 1 ½ - 2 hours

 

 

Public transport

Enjoy a both comfortable and relaxing train ride to the train station in Ötztal Bahnhof. You get off the train in ÖTZTAL Bahnhof where you change to a public bus or local taxi. The current bus schedule can be found at: http://fahrplan.vvt.at

 

Getting there

Sautens is located in the western part of Austria in the state TYROL, in a southern side valley of the Inn valley - the ÖTZTAL. For your arrival by car, you can plan the best route from your home town with the route planner online at https://www.google.at/maps

 

Parking

The following parking facilities are available in Sautens:
  • directly in front of the town hall - for free of charge
  • right after the big bridge right on the big gravel parking lot - for free
  • at the sports field / cross chapel / experience Kalkofen as - for free
  • in front of the elementary school / kindergarten, Kirchblickweg - for free

 

Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

Kompass #043 | Ötztaler Alpen Ötztal, Pitztal | 1:50.000

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Difficulty
easy
Distance
3.5 km
Duration
1:00 h
Ascent
71 m
Descent
71 m
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