the best hiking tours between Catinaccio, Alpe di Siusi and Latemar
Knüppelweg path to Sesselschwaige
Your starting point is the harbour of Ums/Umes. You can park your car at the car park near the small church. From here you start your hike on an asphalt road to the Heidegger Farms and then on the steep path no. 3 to Hoferalpl. There is a remarkable difference in altitude. From Ums/Umes (932) to Hoferalpl you have 408 m of difference in altitude, which can however be done in about an hour. First the hike leads through sunny slopes and then through shadowy forest sections afterwards. Hoferalpl is located on an open, sunny alpine meadow offering a view of the Eisacktal/Isarco Valley. From here you can continue your hike on the wide path or you ascend steeply through the forest. Sign-posts can be found at any crossroads. From here you can follow path no. 1 or 1-3. Both paths lead to the wayside cross and the Peter Frag resting place (1625 m) at the entry to the gorge above Schlernbach River.
The name Peter Frag originates from the Latin word "petra fracta" and means rock ravine. To the right of the wayside cross you find path no. 3, also known as "Schäufelsteig". This is a very steep and sometimes rather exposed path. This path offers a splendid view and leads to the Sciliar Plateau (2450 m) within about 3 hours.
The hike continues in the opposite direction and leads into the Schlern Gorge. This is where the impressive part of Knüppelweg path starts. You hike up through the gorge and to the green basin of Sesselschwaige (1940 m). The path features no special technical difficulties and can be done by anyone. At the edge of Sesselschwaige you can see a deep precipice on the opposite side of the gorge. The upper part of the precipice merges with Bärenfalle (bears' trap) and thrones over the Ciamin Valley. If you like you can also descend to Tiers/Tires via Bärenfalle.
The descent is implemented through the gorge to the Peter Frag wayside cross. Once at this point there is a steep path. After a few metres you turn right and hike in a northerly direction on path no. 1. At first the path ascends slightly, and then it crosses the mountain ridge with a view of Eisacktal/Isarco Valley and then leads steeply through the forest down to the forest path above Hoferalpl. The valley station of the material cable car providing the Schlern Houses with the necessary goods is located along this way. From here you can directly descend to Ums/Umes.