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Hike to the Sesselschwaige alpine pastures via Knüppelweg Trail

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  • The Sesselschwaige at 1940 m asl near Fie.
    The Sesselschwaige at 1940 m asl near Fie.
    Photo: Maurizio Capobussi
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Distance 9.9 km
4:22 h
1,010 m
1,010 m
Over hill and dale at the foot of the Sciliar (Schlern) Massif
The name of the Knüppelweg Trail derives from the coarse wooden billets along the hike to Sesselschwaige Alm: in German, these are called Knüppel. This method of construction, partly bridge, partly trail, stretches over a total of 1.5 km. The trail was partially constructed in medieval times, enabling access to the alpine pasture despite the extremely steep terrain. It makes the trail a particularly unique experience even today.

The trail starts at the little village of Umès die Fiè (Ums). Leave your car  at the parking lot near the church. From there, a paved road leads up to the Heidegger Farms and, gradually getting steeper, to the Hofer Alpl alpine pasture. The altitude differential is quite significant, covering 408 m between Umès (932 m) and the Alpl; the ascent should not take more than 1 hour. From here, the hike leads across sunny slopes and through shadowy patches of forest. Hofer Alpl Alm is located on a open, sunny mountain pasture offering a beautiful view of the Isarco (Eisack) Valley. At this point, you can choose between the broad, easier trail or a steep ascent straight up the forest. Trail No. 1 and 1-3 both take you to the wayside shrine at the Peter Frag picnic area (1,625 m) at the entrance to Sciliar (Schlern) Creek Canyon. The name Peter Frag is actually derived from Latin: Petra fracta means "rocky abyss". From here, the exposed and difficult Trail No. 3, also known as Schäufelesteig,

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