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Mountain hike to Schwarzsee (2455m) and mountain Hochkreuzspitze (2739m)


Schwarzsee (2455m) and mountain Hochkreuzspitze (2739m)
Mountain tour into uppermost Villgraten (Austria)

Starting point: Val Casies Valley/S.Maddalena head of the valley.
Length of the tour: 17 km
Circular hiking tour
07:00 h
Difficulty: difficult
Difference in altitude: 1387 m

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Altitude 1460 m / 2737 m


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Starting from the valley head in San Maddalena/Val Casies Valley (1460m, refreshment point, parking), turn right over the stream of the valley and follow the markings no. 12 up to the Pfoital Valley and the alpine tree line. Continue straight into the valley to the Pfoialm (2134m, not a refreshment point) and through the Almtal, on a comfortable road, uphill to the fork. There, turn right, and by following the markings no. 13 climb upwards into the rear Hintere Gsieser Lenke (2539 m; beyond it, reach the lake Schwarzsee in just a few minutes via a trail (2455m). From the lake Schwarzsee, return to the rear Hintere Gsieser Lenke, turn right and follow the signs up and northwards to the mounds “Hellböden” (2710m). Continue along the ridge north-westwards down into the Pfoischarte (2617m). From there, follow the signs up and north-westwards to the mountain Hochkreuzspitze (2739m). Return: From the Hochkreuzspitze, return to the Pfoischarte and continue on path no. 12 over the southern back of the mountain to the Uwaldalm (2042m, refreshment point). Still on path no. 12, return to your starting point.

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How to arrive

Arrival by public transport

From Monguelfo:

  • By regional train (no. 400) to Monguelfo/Welsberg.
  • From Monguelfo by bus (no. 441) to the bus stop: San Maddalena/head of valley.

From Tesido and the Val Casies Valley:

  • By bus (no. 441) to the bus stop: San Maddalena/head of valley.


Info: The Guestpass Holidaypass entitles the holder to the unlimited use of all public transportation (including regional rail travel) in all of South Tyrol-Südtirol throughout the entire year. You will receive the travel pass free of charge from your accommodations if they are a member of the Tourist Board Val Casies-Monguelfo-Tesido.

>See here for the bus & train timetable

Plan your arrival

Difficulty difficult
Distance 17.1 km
Duration 06:02 hours
Climb 1424 m
Descent 1424 m

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