Gsies Törl / 2,205 metres / a comfortable and interesting hiking trip
Duration: 5h 30min
Uphill: 807 m
Start: St. Magdalena/Talschlusshütte
The Gsies Törl, which is centre-stage in many old smuggler stories, is a canyon-like saddle at the top of the Gsies Valley. In times gone by, it was much used as a pass into the Deferegg Valley in Austria. The outlook is mainly towards the Deferegg mountains in the North and the Prags Dolomites in the South. The valley reaching from St. Magdalena to the Gsies Törl, is a beautiful, partly forest Alpine landscape with a number of huts, some of them run as snack bars/restaurants. For those who walk regularly, this hiking trip falls into the easy category.
Path description: From St. Magdalena (church / 1,398 metres) walk towards the Talschluss Hut (1,465 metres; up to here, you can use the car; car park available). Turn either left or walk straight on in the direction of the Rotmooshof, from where you can walk along the road, leading through beautiful South Tyrolean forests (marking # 49). Alternatively, walk along the foot path leading east through Alpine meadows in the direction of the Pidigalm and the Kradorf Alm (pub / 1,694 metres). From here, the path ascends steeply to the Oberbergalm (1,975 metres; pub), over lush Dolomite mountain meadows, passing the headwaters of the Gsies stream, towards the Gsies Törl (2,205 metres; from starting point to here: 2 ½ hours).
Descent: From the Gsies Törl, walk in a westerly direction across the slopes to the Weissbachalm (2,112 metres; pub). From here, take the road descending to the Acherlealm (1,867 metres) and then path 53 (Jägersteig/hunter path), walking back to St. Magdalena via the Ampfer Valley.