|Route length||15,2 km|
|Altitude||3007 m 1809 m|
Hike via the Saldurseen Lakes
This challenging, but worthwhile high-Alpine hiking tour is conditional on good weather conditions and clear visibility, and it is therefore recommended for experienced mountaineers only.
From the Almhotel Glieshof at the rear of the Matscher Tal valley, (1,807 m, to get here take the road from Tarces/Tartsch in the Vinschgau/ Val Venosta valley) head to the Innere Matscher Alm Alpine farm (2,022 m) across the east side of the valley slope, following the marked trail. Do not go right but continue on the wide trail (still marker no. 1), generally flat but sometimes slightly uphill, through sparse larch stands and barren slopes as far as the valley station of a cable car designed to transport materials up to the mountain huts. Head steeply uphill on trail no. 1 across the barren slopes. The rather long ascent leads to the Oberetteshütte mountain hut (2,677 m). From the Glieshof farm, the trip takes approx. 2½ hours. The hut offers refreshments and accommodation.
Follow the trail eastwards from the mountain hut to the gap at a height of about 3,000 m. The upper trail leads through the rocks. First follow the trail northwards to the Weißkugel peak (10-15 min) and then hike to the right (at the marker). The middle section of this trail (nos. 1-4) leads through a rather exposed precipice (safety features provided). Its upper section brings you to the military trail. From the unnamed gap at approx. 3,000 m, hikers can enjoy a wonderful view. In about 20-30 min, trail no. 1 leads to the Matscher Bildstöckljoch ridge (3,117 m).
Follow trail no. 4 which leads to the right down to the lake area. After the last lake the trail proceeds up to the left (Caution: do not descend to the right!) through Alpine pastures along a well-trodden trail steadily downhill Pass by springs, frequent scree and over a large plateau (2,450 m). Follow the steep trail down to the Innere Matscher Alm. From here hikers can reach the car park at Glieshof farm in half an hour
Throught to the Venosta Valley take the road from Tarces/Tartsch (Malles/Mals) to the Mazia Valley.