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Tuxer Alpen

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R38 Finkenberg » Rastkogelhütte
  |   7h15   |   22.4 km   |   1980 m   |   701 m

A somewhat longer stage follows the last two leisurely ones, the destination being the Rastkogel hut at an altitude of 2,117m. The trail starts off on an incline at the Penken mountain. It passes through a number of little settlements, and crosses meadows and woodland before arriving in the hamlet of Morbach, where the climb to the Rastkogel hut begins.

Point Segment
Name Services Information Marking
834 m
| BC  3.9 km / 1h15
1177 m
| BC  3.2 km / 1h45
1782 m
| BC  7.5 km / 1h40
1399 m
| BC  3.5 km / 1h05
1689 m
| BC  1.8 km / 0h40
1877 m
| BC  2.5 km / 0h50
2124 m
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Other long-distance trails and alternative routes
From the Rastkogel Hut, you can take the route via the Weidener Hut, then the Lizumer Hut, the Glungezer Hut and the Patscherkofel-Schutzhaus lodge to Innsbruck, the seat of the permanent Secretariat of the Alpine Convention. From there, it is possible to reach either the Karwendelhaus lodge or directly Scharnitz (stage R43), via the Pfeis Hut and the Hallerangerhaus lodge.
Useful topographic maps
  • WK 151 Zillertal, Tuxer Alpen, Jenbach, Schwaz und WK 152 Mayrhofen, Zillertaler Alpen, Gerlos, Krimml ~ Freytag&Berndt (1:50.000)
  • ÖK 50 149 ~ Bundesamt für Eich- und Vermessungswesen (1:50.000)
  • Nr. 37 Zilletaler Alpen, Tuxer Alpen ~ Kompass (1:50.000)
Useful guidebooks
  • Kulturweg Alpen ~ Pichler (ISBN 3-85431-289-x)
  • Österreichischer Weitwanderweg 02 "Zentralalpenweg" (in Bearbeitung) ~ OeAV-Sekt. Weitwanderer (ISBN )

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  • Carsten - 2022-01-10
    Water at Pfundsalm, Lamarkalm, and Maschentalalm.
    The guidebook includes the 2-hour ascent to the Kellerjochhuette in both R39 and R40.
  • Carsten - 2022-01-10
    (2) No water at Rastkofelhuette; possibilities before and after (some judgment required as to quality).

    Highline / ridge trail alternative from Finkenberg: Take Finkenberger Almbahn (gondola) to the very top (Penkenjochhaus) and continue from there via the Rastkogel to the Rastkogelhuette. has the trail with 4 hours 33 minutes, 13km and 704m of elevation gain (and a similar elevation loss in the diagram); I would probably double-check in Finkenberg as to the difficulty; as far as I can tell from looking at the Rastkogel (peak), it’s not difficult.
  • Carsten - 2022-01-10
    (1) In sunny weather, the first climb of the day in the morning up a South-East facing hillside is nicely warm, and after the descent the second climb of the day in the afternoon up a West-facing hillside is also nicely warm.

    I took the Finkenberg gondula to its Mittelstation (first leg only) and then walked over (100m elevation gain, then level, then down) to the Penken Bahn station, where I joined R38 after a 5min descent; total walking time 1 hour. This was the only worthwhile hiking that I experienced in the Zillertal.

    Rerouting of trail to Moesl, different from guidebook/GPS coordinates (also from AllTrails map), with original trail seemingly under nature restoration. This means a descent to 1327m before ascending towards Moesl (with another short descent in the 15min before Moesl).
  • sennburk - 2020-07-06
    strBis zum Gschösswandhaus ist der Weg recht einfach zu finden-danach wird es mit der Orientierung schwieriger - gleich beim Gschößwandhaus rechts zum Steig Richtung Mösl- man kann auch am Weg Nr. 24 bleiben über die Kressbrunnalm nach Mösl gelangen. Almhof Roswitha lädt zu einer Jause ein. Danach über herrliche Almböden zur Rastkogelhütte. Schiane Griaß Burki
  • Lolo - 2019-07-29
    Bonne montée de 1000m pour commencer puis redescente à Mosl avant de remonter 700 m vers le refuge Raskogelhütte. Balisage moyen pas continu de bout en bout. Arrivé à 14h , je poursuis sur Hochfügen en 2h de descente. Peu d'hebergement ...Hotel Berghotel superbe. 1/2 pension 89€.
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    Good climb of 1000m to start then down to Mosl before going up 700 m towards the refuge Raskogelhütte. Average markup not continuous from end to end. Arrived at 14h, I continue on Hochfügen in 2h descent. Little accommodation ... Hotel Berghotel superb. 1/2 pension 89 €.
  • Schorsch - 2019-07-14
    Die Rastkogelhütte ist leider nicht zu empfehlen. Die Gastwirte sind sehr unfreundlich und diese Unfreundlichkeit macht sich im ganzen Haus bemerkbar.
    Da wir in der Hütte nichts verzehrt, sondern uns draußen selbst versorgt hatten, mussten wir pro Person 5,- „Infrastrukturbeitrag“ zahlen, worauf wir vorher nicht hingewiesen wurden.
    Ich kann den Grundgedanken verstehen, dass ein Konsum in der Hütte gewünscht wird, allerdings kann dies auch anders und netter kommuniziert werden.
    Wir haben uns hier rundum unwohl und nicht willkommen gefühlt.
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    The Rastkogelhütte is unfortunately not recommended. The innkeepers are very rude and this unfriendliness makes itself felt throughout the house. Since we had not consumed anything in the hut, but had taken care of ourselves outside, we had to pay per person 5, - "infrastructure contribution", which we were not previously informed. I can understand the basic idea that a consumption in the hut is desired, but this can also be communicated differently and netter. We felt uncomfortable and unwelcome here.
  • POPEYE GG - 2019-02-01
    Et bien non, c'était le 15 juin!
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    Well no, it was June 15!
  • POPEYE GG - 2019-02-01
    Désolé, il fallait lire 5 juin 2018, et non 5 juillet!
    Automatic translation [Google]
    Sorry, we had to read June 5, 2018, not July 5!
  • POPEYE GG - 2019-02-01
    5 juillet 2018
    C'est reparti pour 2018! Objectif cette année: Scuol (R66). Nous sommes 3 avec André et Thierry.
    Bonne 1ère étape: 1900m de montée et 700m de descente, au bout de laquelle on a failli ne pas pouvoir être hébergés à la Rastkogelhütte, pour cause de fin de travaux... mais ça c'est arrangé!
    Voir aussi mon blog ""
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    July 5, 2018 Let's go back to 2018! This year's goal: Scuol (R66). We are 3 with André and Thierry. Good 1st stage: 1900m of climb and 700m of descent, at the end of which we almost could not be lodged at the Rastkogelhütte, because of end of works ... but that it is arranged! See also my blog ""
  • Brigitte Duquesnay - 2018-09-24
    Nous avons été très mal accueillis à Rastkogelhütte. Comme il pleuvait et que le temps était bouché, nous avons pris un bus pour éviter de marcher 8h sans rien voir. Nous sommes arrivés vers 13H et avons demandé s'il était possible de manger notre piquenique à l'intérieur en ne commandant qu'une soupe. Il nous a été répondu que ce n'était possible que si nous étions du Club Alpin. Nous étions 3 mais 2 seulement avaient leur carte du club alpin français. Nous n'avons pas voulu laisser l'un d'entre nous manger seul dehors sous la pluie. Donc nous n'avons pas commandé de soupe et avons attendu 15H pour avoir notre place en dortoir. (nous avions réservé 3 demi-pensions et payé 15€ d'arrhes par personne). La gardienne de ce refuge était particulièrement désagréable et nous avons appris le lendemain qu'un couple du club alpin allemand ayant réservé la demi-pension avait été enregistré 2 fois. La gardienne n'a pas voulu leur rembourser les arrhes payés 2 fois...
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    We were very badly received at Rastkogelhütte. As it was raining and the weather was clogged, we took a bus to avoid walking 8h without seeing anything. We arrived around 1pm and asked if it was possible to eat our picnic indoors by ordering only one soup. We were told that this was only possible if we were in the Alpine Club. We were 3 but only 2 had their French alpine club card. We did not want to let one of us eat alone in the rain. So we did not order soup and waited 15H for our place in dormitory. (We booked 3 half-board and paid 15 € for each person). The guardian of this refuge was particularly unpleasant and we learned the following day that a couple of the German alpine club having booked half-board had been registered twice. The babysitter did not want to refund them the deposit paid twice ...
  • Eva - 2017-07-30
    The GPS track is not matching the signposts. According to the track there should be an hiking path through the forest which is much shorter and avoids the road. Unfortunately I couldn't find it, I think it is not marked (yet).
  • Daniel - 2016-09-26
    Having lost too much time, I had to go to Waldhaus Mösl. The dorms are for children groups only. Private room €50HP. It is a very chaotic place, when I entered my room I found it was already occupied. Then the warden inspected all the other rooms to finally find one that was empty. Also the food is very poor. I went to bed hungry. Not recommended.
  • Daniel - 2016-09-26
    After Penken, just after another ski-lift, you will find the passage through the valley of the Horbergbach is closed. Walk up the valley until you reach a most horrible deserted ski-resort, pass the closed Eisberghutte, ignoring the 'Hikers strictly forbidden' sign, and climbing a barb-wire fence, to return on the other side of the valley. The road ends up in a meadow. Climb up to the asphalted road, and follow that down.
  • Daniel - 2016-09-26
    Penken is a depressing place. The top station is a huge squarish building with a shopping mall inside. Surroundings are flattened by a bulldozer to comfort the skiers, thereby burying the Via-Alpina track. Find the track by going to the closed down gasthof between the two cable-stations, go underneath a bridge and on the back of that house you will find a road-sign.
  • gianadda marie-jo - 2015-08-17
    Sommes descendues directement sur Mayrhofen. Grande station, pleine de monde....Départ en train pour Innsbruck (fin de Via Alpina pour nous)
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    Are descended directly to Mayrhofen. Great resort, full of people .... Departure by train to Innsbruck (end of Via Alpina for us)
  • Elisabeth - 2012-12-24
    Etape très longue et très mal balisée ! Beaucoup de route goudronnée. Heureusement, une dame m'a prise en stop et rapprochée de Mösl. De là, il faut encore marcher pendant 5 km sur la route avant de trouver la piste qui mène à Rastkogelhütte.
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    Very long and poorly marked Step! Many asphalt road. Fortunately, a lady took me in and stop close to Mösl. There must still walk for 5 km on the road before finding the trail to Rastkogelhütte.
Last update : 2019-12-15