Ratschings Mountain Trail – The Track
The route of the Ratschings Mountain Trail is roughly divided into 4 sections:
Section 1 – The start
The start is on the bridge next to the valley station of the ski resort. After the start, the first section of the route offers enough space to start safely.
The first part of the route takes place on a secondary asphalt road (approx. 1.2 km) and continues on paths, which have a moderate gradient.
Section 2 – The slope
In Flading, at km 5, trail runners tackle the first pass to the Klammalm. After the bridge, the route begins to be challenging and reaches an altitude of 1,970m. The panorama is wonderful.
This is where the second refreshment point is located, from where the two trails lead off.
Section 3 – The flat part
After Malga Klammalm, the participants reach the third section of the route. A first short section takes the runners slightly downhill on a forestry road to the start of the Ratschings alpine pasture hike. This probably most beautiful section of the entire trail runs with moderate up and down passages mostly above the tree line.
We run through the inner and the outer Malga Wumbls, race past a beautiful lookout point with a “Wetterkreuz” cross and complete the last steep ascent of the race to Rifugio Saxner.
Section 4 – The finish
From Rifugio Saxner, fortified at the fourth and last refreshment stop, the race enters its final section. From here you can look over the last 3 km of the route. The hope of catching up with one or the other competitor will release the last energy reserves for the final stage. First running downhill to Malga Wasserfalleralm, then continuing on undulating terrain to Malga Rinneralm, the noise level of the atmosphere from the finish area increases steadily.
Immediately after Malga Rinneralm the route continues around the reservoir past another “Wetterkreuz” cross. Here the participants can look back over the majority of the already completed route in the valley and along the Alpine meadow path. After the reservoir, a short descent, then a flat run across the meadow towards the finish line for the last sprint and you’re done… You are a finisher of the RATSCHINGS MOUNTAIN TRAIL!!