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 Duration: 07:00 h Difficulty: difficult Difference in altitude: 1387 m
1460 m / 2737 m
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.
How to arrive
Coming from Innsbruck/Brennero (A): Drive on the Highway of Brennero (A22) until the exit Bressanone/Val Pusteria, then go on along the SS49-E66 for about 58kms until you arrive in Monguelfo. To get to Tesido and the Val Casies Valley, we recommend to take the exit West in Monguelfo. Coming from Lienz (A): You can reach us also padding by Lienz in Westtyrol (A). You have to cross the Austrian-Italian border between Ahrnbach and Winnebach (B100-E66) and drive on the SS46-E66 until Monguelfo. To get to Tesido and the Val Casies, we recommend to take the exit West in Monguelfo.