Gruttenhütte from Wochenbrunner Alm

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Gruttenhütte from Wochenbrunner Alm is a 7.1 kilometer moderately trafficked loop trail located near Ellmau, Tyrol, Austria that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and trail running and is best used from April until October.

DISTANCE
7.1 km
ELEVATION GAIN
539 m
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

hiking

trail running

forest

views

wildlife

rocky

snow

hiking
4 months ago

Reaching the Gruttenhütte from the Wochenbrunner Alm is not an easy hike but the spectacular views make it well worth the effort. Start and finish of this loop trail are at the Wochenbrunner Alm (elevation 1085m/3560ft), which can only be reached via a toll road (fee is 4€). The distance is just under 4½ miles, but it has about 535m/1750ft of elevation gain, so some parts are a little strenuous.
The first third of the way up goes through a forest and is completely shaded, but as you reach higher altitudes the tree cover continuously diminishes and the last part offers only little shade. Also, the trail gets more rocky the closer you get to the Gruttenhütte.
At the Gruttenhütte (elevation 1620m/5315ft) you can refuel with some refreshing drinks or some hearty meals (including some vegetarian options).
On the way down, the trail follows a service road, which is a little longer but a lot less steep. Among other things, you will pass an artificial rock circle. Again, the lower altitudes are shaded by the forest, and towards the end you will pass by a deer enclosure. At the end of the trail you can again replenish your energy at the Wochenbrunner Alm.