View from the Wetterkreuzkogel in the Ötztal Valley, © Ötztal Tourismus/Matthias Burtscher
View from the Wetterkreuzkogel in the Ötztal Valley, © Ötztal Tourismus/Matthias Burtscher
Mining Trail in Hochoetz, © Bergbahnen Hochoetz
Mining Trail in Hochoetz, © Bergbahnen Hochoetz

Themed Hike
Mining Trail & Wetterkreuzkogel (2592m) Hochoetz

Around 350 years ago the Hochoetz region was used to mine copper pyrite, pyrite and galena at altitudes of up to 2500m. The Mining Trail takes hikers to the most important spots, such as the reconstructed miners' house with a stamp mill and a small mining museum located in the remote Wörgltal at 2000m. Tour 1 of the Mining Trail is a circular hike of intermediate difficulty from the cable car in Hochoetz via the Balbach Alm hut, the Wörgltal Valley, the summit of the Wetterkreuzkogel mountain (2592m) and the Bielefelder Hütte hut back to the starting point. Most of the hike is above the treeline, so on sunny days it is important to remember to apply suncream. There are no tricky sections, but walkers must be sure-footed.

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Starting point  

Top station of Acherkogelbahn cable car, Hochoetz

Finishing point

Top station of Acherkogelbahn cable car, Hochoetz

Mountain chain

Stubai Alps

Length

11.2 km

Approximate hiking time

6h

Features

  • Wheelchair-accessible Hiking Route
  • Circular hike

Difficulty rating

intermediate (red mountain trails)

Altitude

2,600m 1,930m

Elevation uphill 890m
Vertical metres downhill 890m

Fitness level

Technique

Best time of year

Jan
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* These are approximate values and recommendations. Please take your personal fitness level, technical ability and the current weather conditions into account. Tirol Werbung cannot guarantee that the information provided is correct and accepts no liability.

Parking

Car park at the bottom of the Acherkogelbahn cable car in Oetz

 

Huts serving food

  • Balbach Alm (early June until mid-October)
  • Bielefelder Hütte (mid-June until mid-September)
  • Panoramarestaurant Hochoetz 

 

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Trail description

After travelling up onto the mountain with the Acherkogelbahn connecting Oetz and Hochoetz (2020m), the Mining Trail (Tour 1) first leads along a wide road and a ski piste uphill in a north-easterly direction. Follow the signs for the Balbach Alm hut. Just before you reach the hut there is a downhill section, followed by some meadows and (first to the north, then to the east) a path around the Zwölferköpfl mountain. On the eastern side of the mountain there is a trail which branches off sharp right into the Wörgltal Valley. After around 600 metres hikers reach the reconstructed miners' house with a stamp mill like that used by miners many centuries ago. The small Puchersee lake is also nearby. The next section leads uphill, with the treeless terrain becoming increasingly steep, in a southerly direction as far as the summit of the Wetterkreuzkogel (2592m). From here, follow the trail downhill in a northwesterly direction, skirting the summit of the Rosskopf mountain (2399m) as far as the Bielefelder Hütte. After stopping off there for a well-deserved drink and snack it is just a few hundred metres back to the starting point at the bottom of the Acherkogelbahn cable car.

The route can also be hiked in the opposite direction.

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Your destination address: Angerweg 13, Oetz

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