Loop 1 route description
Length: 25,39 km
Elevation change: 1911 vm +/-
Surface types: trail, gravel path
Highlights: sunrise during the ridge run between the Schmalzscharte and the Tofererscharte
After less than 1 km of asphalt on the path through the village centre, you become immersed in the wonderful world of trail running on the waterfall path up to the Annencafe, and then cross the forest road several times, but always take the short route through the woods, and at 5.4 km you pass the Rastözenalmen (= 1st aid station, drinks only).
The flowing trail then spirals further and further upwards until you reach the ridge between the Gastein and Großarl valleys after 7.3 km. You then follow this ridge for 5 km, during which you have a beautiful view of large expanses of the surrounding area.
At 10.7 km you reach the Gamskarkogel hut (= 2nd aid station, full service). At this point, you will have climbed the entire 1900 m of elevation and can then race downhill in the direction of Poserhöhe on wonderfully runnable trails. At 16 km, the 3rd aid station (full service) is waiting for you to ransack it!
From here, you run over undulating terrain in the direction of the start, firstly on more trails, and then on forest roads past the Planitzengut. Finally, the circle is complete and you run past the Annencafe, then along the waterfall path, downhill this time, before reaching your starting point: the Alpen Arena, Bad Hofgastein.