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Around the Karhorn

Salobersattel
Auenfeld
Blick auf Gaisbühelmähder
Karhorn

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Difficulty:schwer
Distance:23,7 km
Ascent:879 m
Descent:879 m
Duration:06:00 h
Deepest point:1433 m
Highest point:2037 m
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  • A demanding tour that includes short stretches where bikes need to be pushed.

    A very varied and challenging cycling tour through a picturesque landscape with numerous possibilities for culinary delights. Beginners as well as professionals will love this bike tour.

    Special features: From the Wannenkopf, you can enjoy a grandiose view of the Schrofen pass, Gehren and Lechleiten. Sights: The Auenfeld – once a permanent Walser settlement in an enchanting setting. Refreshment stops: Bodenalpe, Bürstegg, Hochalphütte, Auenfeldhütte, Untere Auenfeldalpe and restaurants in Oberlech and Lech am Arlberg.

    Lech Zürs Tourismus GmbH

    Presented by: Lech Zürs Tourismus GmbH, Author: Hannes Heigenhauser
    letzte Änderung: 24.12.2018

  • Difficulty:schwer
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    Altitude: 2037 m 1433 m Best season:
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    Safety instructions:

     EMERGENCY CALL:

    140 Alpine Emergencies Austria-wide

    144 Alpine Emergencies Vorarlberg

    112 Euo emergency call (works with any mobile phone/network)

     
    For more information please visit www.vorarlberg.travel/safety

    Equipment:

    Helmet, weatherproof cycling clothes, first aid kit, pharmacy, water bottle, rucksack with rain gear, map, compass, eventually GPS device, food supply

    optional extra equipment: elbows / knee pads / back protectors

    Tools (mini pump, repair kit, spare hose)

     

    More info & links:

     https://www.lechzuers.com

     

  • Directions

    From the hike starting point in front of the post office, take the main road towards Warth. Leave the town Lech am Arlberg and cycle past the Bodenalpe.

    Soon you will see a quarry where a forest road banches off to your left. Follow it going uphill through the forest. After the wooded area, the trail continues steadily uphill cross mountain pastures to  Bürstegg. Here the trail becomes narrower and continues ascending through fragrant mountain pastures. The bikes now need to be pushed for a stretch across a few natural terraces. When you have reached the  Wannenkopf, follow the trail on the left going uphill, then downhill to the top station of the (4)  Steffisalp-Express.

    After passing the top station, bikes need to be pushed again for a short stretch until you reach the  Spitziger Stein rock. Take the trail to your left here and turn right at the next signpost. Traverse a small stream and continue to the  Krumbacher Alpe. The trail continues in a curve around the houses Hochalphütte lodge. Here you can have a bite to eat before another short ascent to the  Saloberkopf (2,043 m). Then follow the alpine path with sweeping hairpins downhill until a wide hiking trail branches off to the left. Take this trail keeping left across marsh areas, going straight ahead at first. Alongside a stone wall, the trail continues steeply downhill for a short stretch until you reach an alpine path again.

    Cycle on, keeping left along the alpine path past the  Auenfeldhütte lodge and the Obere Auenfeldalpe continuing downhill until you reach another alpine path at the  Untere Auenfeldalpe. Pass by the alp on the left-hand side, then continue gently uphill to the Auenfeld saddle. Turn right here and continue for a short stretch uphill until you reach the Gaisbühelalpe.

    Directly at the junction near the Gaisbühelalpe, turn right onto the wide wagon road to the Weibermahr valley station until you reach a paved road at the  view point “Tannegg” incl. barbecue site. Follow the road going downhill into Oberlech and turn left at the first intersection. Across pastures and forests, the street winds its way back to Lech. When you reach the main road, turn right and follow the path back to the starting point.

    Start Hike starting point post office
    Coordinates:
    Geogr. 47.210982 N 10.14278 E
    Destination Hike starting point post office
  • Public transportation:

    By train to Langen am Arlberg station or St. Anton am Arlberg. From there, buses (No. 91 +92) run regularly to Lech Zürs am Arlberg.

    Approach:

    From Germany: Take the A96 motorway to Bregenz from there on the A14 motorway to Bludenz, continue on the S16 to the Lech Zürs am Arlberg exit. Follow the B197 up to Alpe Rauz, turn left here onto the B198 through Flexengalerie and over the Flexenpass to Lech Zürs am Arlberg.

    From Switzerland: Via the A13 motorway and the Feldkirch, Hohenems or Lustenau border crossing on the A14 motorway to Bludenz. Continue on the S16 until exit Lech Zürs am Arlberg. Follow the B197 up to Alpe Rauz, turn left here onto the B198 through Flexengalerie and over the Flexenpass to Lech Zürs am Arlberg.

    From Austria: Via the Inntalautobahn A12 and then via the S16 to the exit St. Anton am Arlberg (Arlberg Pass). Follow the B197 first through St. Anton, then through St. Christoph and over the Arlbergpass to Alpe Rauz. Turn right here onto the B198, drive through Flexengalerie and over the Flexenpass to Lech Zürs am Arlberg.


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    Park:

    You can either park your vehicle directly at your host or park it in the underground garage in Anger. The underground car park is located directly in the centre of town opposite Raiffeisenbank Lech. Opening hours 07:00 – 20:00 o’ clock.