Trail markers in Ötztal
Thanks to a standardized signposting system for trail markers, hikers will easily find the right way in and around the mountains of Tirol. Furthermore, the classification of trails in different levels of difficulty helps to choose the suitable hiking route. Walking trails (easy), mountain trails (moderately difficult to difficult) and Alpine routes (very difficult) with certain characteristics take you straight up to various altitudes in the surroundings of Ötztal.
Difficulty levels & trail markers
Broad and almost level walking trails on the valley floor, close to settlements, leading through wooded areas. No prior mountain experience is required. Hiking equipment is not necessary.
Suitable for: beginners, leisurely walkers
Red mountain trails
Mountain trails of intermediate difficulty, located above the timberline in most cases. They are mostly narrow, often steep, sometimes exposed and require basic Alpine experience and knowledge. Some trails feature short, secured climbing passages.
Suitable for: surefooted and experienced mountain hikers.
Black Mountain trails
Black hiking trails are difficult routes, they are narrow, steep or very steep, often exposed and can be dangerous especially in bad weather. These trails may feature longer, secured climbing passages. Also via ferrata routes are black mountain trails.
Suitable for: absolutely sure-footed mountaineers with Alpine experience and a good head for heights, Alpine hiking equipment is a must
Diese sehr schwierigen Routen verlaufen in hochalpinem Gelände auf teilweise nicht markierten Wegen, ausgesetzten Steigen und ungesicherten Geh- und Kletterpassagen. Daher besteht auf Alpinen Routen ausdrücklich Ausrutsch- und Absturzgefahr.
Für wen? Schwindelfreie, konditionsstarke, trittsichere, hochalpin erfahrene Bergsteiger mit entsprechender Ausrüstung