Oberwielenbach via Gönner Alm
|Estimated net time||4˝-5˝ hours|
|Difficulty||No difficulty, but some sections of the path through the forest is steep, and can be slippery when it is wet.|
|Drinking water||Access to running water from the stream running along the path through the forest up to Gönner Alm.|
|GSM coverage||No coverage through the forest up to Gönner Alm, else OK.|
|Parking||Room for many cars at the car park at trail head.|
|Start height||1435 metres|
|Vertical metres||1200 metres for the roundtrip|
|Trip distance||12.5 km|
|GPS-file||X (.gdb) X (.gpx)|
From Bruneck drive approximately 4 km towards Toblach, and turn left towards Oberwielenbach when you get to Percha. Drive uphill for 5.3 km until you get to a car park on the right hand side of the road. Park here and start hiking up the road from the car park, following signs for "Rammelstein", route "6".
After approximately 700 metres you leave the road, turning sharp right onto a path, again signed for "Rammelstein". Follow this path up through the forest, all the way up to Gönner Alm at 2000 metres. From Gönner Alm you soon get out of the forest and onto the soft ridge leading towards the final ascent up to Rammelstein. There is a well defined path all the way to the summit.
The descent route follows the the ascent. As an alternative one can continue north from Rammelstein, and then steep down to the valley Wielental, and follow the valley back to the car.
18. July 2008
I did this hike together with Sigurd and Elisabeth. The plan was to do a mountain involving only something like 800 vertical metres, but Sigurd was keen on visiting a mountain that is higher than any of the Norwegian mountains, so Rammelstein was given a go despite involving 1200 vertical metres.
We drove from Marina and Philip's in Bruneck, and after some messing around with finding the correct road to the trail head we were all set for our hike at 11:00. The conditions were at best mixed this Friday, with all peaks above 2000 metres mostly covered in fog. But the temperature was fine and there was no wind, so there was no reason for not taking on this fine mountain.
The path through the forest took its toll on Elisabeth, but Sigurd was coping well (being 12 and skinny has its advantages). I could still feel my 1700+ vertical metres from the day before, and was happy to have Elisabeth as an excuse for a slightly reduced pace compared with fast. We still made it to the summit in under two hours, but all we were greeted with was thick fog and no view to neighbouring mountains.
After a light lunch we headed back down. Now the conditions worsened considerable, first with rain and later a long shower of hail. Because of the precipitation we had during the first half hour of the descent we decided to head straight back to the car instead of the planned stop at Gönner Alm.