Schwarzsee lakes with the Villgraten Mountains in the background, © Osttirol Werbung
Schwarzsee lakes with the Villgraten Mountains in the background, © Osttirol Werbung

Summit Hike
Schwarzsee – Riepenspitze (2,774m)

This hike takes in one of the most beautiful lakes in East Tirol, a mighty mountain peak, a pretty traditional village and plenty of wooden huts. All in all, hikers will be walking for 7 hours and must be both fit and sure-footed to complete the mountain ascent. However, all that hard work is certainly worth it: at the top of the 2,774m Riepenspitze mountain await spectacular views of the Sexten Dolomites, Hochgall, Venediger Mountains and Glockner Mountains.

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Starting point  

Unterstalleralm hut, Villgratental

Hike to

Riepenspitze

Finishing point

Unterstalleralm hut, Villgratental

Mountain chain

Villgraten Mountains

Length

12.6 km

Approximate hiking time

8 h 15 min

Features

  • Wheelchair-accessible Hiking Route
  • Circular hike

Difficulty rating

intermediate (red mountain trails)

Altitude

2,774m 1,660m

Elevation uphill 1,260m
Vertical metres downhill 1,260m

Fitness level

Technique

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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

Unterstalleralm hut (6.5 kilometres from Innervillgraten)

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Trail description

This hike begins at the Unterstalleralm hut in Innervillgraten (1,664m). From the small chapel below the hut, hikers cross the Arntaler Bach stream and continue along the steep trail number 15 to the Restlangarten with its stone cattle shelter surrounded by fields of mountain roses (2,241m). From here, hikers stay left and wind their way up along several switchbacks to the sparkling Schwarzsee lake (2,455m) hidden from sight. The path to the Riepenspitze mountain passes along the right-hand side of the lake and then turns off left. Stone steps, mighty rocks, small ponds and the Hintere Gsieser Lenke all feature as walkers make their way to the northern ridge of the Riepenspitze. The final section of the ascent then leads up onto the summit with its mighty cross at 2,774 metres above sea level.

From the summit, hikers return along the trail they came from as far as the Restlangarten. Here, they turn left onto trail 15a and descend steeply between pine and alder trees before reaching wide open meadows and a cross. One option here would be to take the trail coming from the Villgratner Törl heading west towards the Unterstalleralm, which takes around half an hour. However, there is another attraction to be seen: the Oberstaller Alm huts. To reach these, hikers walk in an easterly direction on a path which becomes wider. After crossing through a forest and past many rocks they reach the Oberstaller Alm, a small village of traditional wooden huts with the white Schutzengel-Kapelle chapel at its heart (1,857m). From here is takes around an hour to walk down the tarmac road back to the Unterstalleralm.

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Your destination address: Innervillgraten 208, Innervillgraten

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