vellauer felsenweg
vellauer felsenweg

Vellauer Felsenweg trail

A recommendation for a late autumn hike: the Vellauer Felsenweg, a trail close to the edge of the mountain, connects Velloi with the Muthöfe farmsteads and offers a fantastic view on the Valle dell’Adige.

A golden autumn day in mid-November provides a wonderful opportunity for a hike along the Vellauer Felsenweg trail. We start at the church of Velloi near Lagundo (940 m a.s.l.) and follow the signpost no. 22 with the warning "Nur für Schwindelfreie" (only for people free from giddiness). After a 15-minute hike through the forest we reach the rock face below the summit of the Cima Mutta, which descends steeply into the valley.

The Felsenweg (Rock Trail) is a well-maintained hiking trail close to the edge of the mountain, a rather easy and flat path but you need to be sure-footed and free from giddiness. Take especially care if the ground is slippery - you should avoid the hike in case of snow and ice as well as on hot summer days. After heavy rain there's the risk of rockfall!

After a 45-minute hike we reach the Hochmuth mountain inn. We continue our hike to the Steinegg tavern and further on on the path no. 24 (Merano high-altitude trail) towards the Leiteralm mountain hut. This section of the high-altitude trail bears the name "Hans Frieden-Weg" and resembles the Vellauer Felsenweg trail. Shortly afterwards we reach the Leiteralm mountain hut at 1,530 m a.s.l., from where we turn back to Velloi on the paths no. 25 and 25A. If you would like to avoid the 1-hour descent, take the Velloi lift cage (if you want to do so, please take information about its operation times).

Author: AT

circular route difficulty: moderate ferrata / fixed rope route
  • Starting point:
    Velloi (church)
  • Time required:
    03:00 h
  • Track length:
    7,3 km
  • Altitude:
    from 961 m to 1.533 m
  • Altitude difference:
    +572 m | -572 m
  • Route:
    Velloi - Felsenweg trail - Hochmuth mountain inn - Steinegg tavern - Hans Frieden-Weg - Leiteralm mountain hut - Velloi
  • Signposts:
    22 (Vellauer Felsenweg), 24 (Meraner Höhenweg, Hans Frieden-Weg), 25, 25A
  • Destination:
    Hochmuth, Muthöfe farms
  • Resting points:
    Oberlechner, Vellauerhof, Hochmuth, Oberhochmut, Steinegg, Leiteralm, Oberplatzer
  • Track surface:
    Path in steep and rocky area
  • Recommended time of year:
    Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
  • Download GPX track:
    Vellauer Felsenweg trail

If you want to do this hike, we suggest you to check the weather and trail conditions in advance and on site before setting out.

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