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  • Miner’s trail Knappenweg Hochoetz

    Published 9-Jul-'17
    Modified 26-Jan-'20
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    1. Background / History

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    2. The hiking trail

    In this post, we describe the details of tour 1 of the Knappenweg. On this website, you can find 7 more routes, with different starting points and different lenghts and heights, all in the region Hochoetz. All routes pass the Knappenhaus, a restored miner’s house with the crushing mill (a sort of stone mill in which the ore was broken up).

    The Knappenhaus
    © www.knappenweg.at

    Trail 1 starts at the top mountain station of the Acherkogelbahn in Hochoetz (height 2020 meters). From there, follow the road to the Bielefelder Hütte (2150 m) and the Wetterkreuz (2572 m). Through the Wörgetal you pass the Knappenhaus (2002 m), the Obere Iss (1932 m), over the Balbachalm (1957 m) back to the top mountain station of the Acherkogelbahn. Total length of the trail is 6 hours.



    2.2 Starting point

    The trail starts at the top mountain station of the Acherkogelbahn in Hochoetz. There is a free parking lot at the valley station of the Acherkogelbahn.

    How to get there:

    By car: From Wenns, drive out of the Pitztal valley to Imst, take the B171 (direction Roppen) and the B186 to Hochoetz. The ride of 36 km takes almost 52 minutes.

    By public transport: There is a bus connection between Wenns via Imst to Oetz, duration 1 hour and 45 minutes.

    2.3 Turn-by-turn directions

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    2.4 Duration

    For people used to heights it takes x-y hours to reach the destination. For others it will take zz minutes more. When enjoying the scenery more relaxed, taking photos etc. it will take around xx hours. Going down to the village yy goes much faster; around xx hours including zz minutes break for people not used to heights.

    3. Recommended maps for this region:

    Pitztal/Kaunertal – Mayr Verlag Ötztaler Alpen – Kompass Wanderkarte Blatt 43

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