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Hiking Trail recommended route

Lake Schönrinnenkarsee

Hiking Trail · Laengenfeld · Open
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  • Gries
    / Gries
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m 2600 2400 2200 2000 1800 1600 1400 5 4 3 2 1 km Nisslalm Nisslalm
GRIES PARKPLATZ -> Center Gries -> steep track in direction Nissl Alm -> Nissl Alm -> steep track in direction Schönrinnenkarsee -> SCHÖNRINNENKARSEE
Distance 5.1 km
2:30 h
780 m
780 m
2,353 m
1,577 m
In the village center of Gries you turn off to the south, over the wooden bridge to the edge of the forest. The trail leads steeply through the forest in the height to the Nissl Alm. A more comfortable, but longer access to the hut can be found in the forest track, which turns right at the entrance of the Sulztales. Arriving at the Nisslalm, the trail leads past the hut to the wonderfully situated lake. The trail leads west past the hut, then steeper over overgrown slopes up into Schönrinnenkar and over two further steps to the lake. Return on the same route.

Author’s recommendation

Bronze relief section of the Ötztal Nature Park at the start of the trail: Here you can learn about the habitat "Wild Water" or the history of Gries.
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Update: July 05, 2021
Highest point
2,353 m
Lowest point
1,577 m
Best time of year

Rest Stop


Safety information

Moderate mountain trail; for sure-footed and experienced hikers. Good physical condition, mountain experience

& mountain equipment (see notice equipment) necessary. Please pay attention to the current weather report:

Tips and hints

More details about hiking In Ötztal: https://www.oetztal.com/wandern 


Gries, parking at the end of the village (1,577 m)
47.069667, 11.022743
47°04'10.8"N 11°01'21.9"E
32T 653578 5214891


Gries, parking at the end of the village

Turn-by-turn directions

The start is in the village center of Gries. Here you turn to the south, cross the wooden bridge and take the trail at the edge of the forest which leads steadily uphill to the Nissl Alm. A simpler variant leads over the wide forest road to Nisslalm. From the Nisslalm a trail then leads steeply over overgrown slopes to Schönrinnenkarsee.


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Travel safe and comfortable with the train to the Ötztal Bahnhof train station. Last stop and exit point is the

train station Ötztal Bahnhof. Afterwards you can travel smoothly and quick with the public transport or our local

taxi companies through the valley to your desired destination. Please find the current bus timetable here:


Getting there

The car drive to the Ötztal valley. Situated in Tirol, the Ötztal valley set off in southerly direction and is the

longest side valley in the Eastern Alps. The journey with the car leads you through the Inntal valley to the

entrance of the valley and further on through the valley. Among the toll motorways you can also use the country

roads. A route planner will show you the easiest and most convenient way: https://www.google.at/maps


The following parking facilities are available in Gries:

Parking at the end of the village - (chargeable)


47.069667, 11.022743
47°04'10.8"N 11°01'21.9"E
32T 653578 5214891
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike


Appropriate equipment such as breathable suitable outdoor clothes for the weather, ankle-high walking boots,

wind-, rain- & sun protection, hat, possibly gloves, is for all hikes and tours necessary. Please bring a first-aid

box, a mobile phone, a walking map and if there is no hut on the way a snack and enough to drink.

Basic Equipment for Hiking

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Hiking socks  
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Kit para bolhas
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

Similar routes nearby

  • Besinnungsweg - Längenfeld/Gries
  • Winnebachrunde - Längenfeld/Gries
  • Nissalm
  • Sulztal Alm
  • Winnebachseehütte - Längenfeld/Gries
  • Amberger Hut
  • Brandalm - Längenfeld
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5.1 km
2:30 h
780 m
780 m
Highest point
2,353 m
Lowest point
1,577 m
Out and back Scenic Refreshment stops available


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