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Wormser Höhenweg – Photo Journal

Located just a spirited yodel away from the Swiss border, the Wormser High Trail (Höhenweg in German) is an under-the-radar classic of southwestern Austria. I was recommended the trail by Matthias Kodym, an Austrian national who has trekked extensively both in his own country and around the world. Beginning near the village of Schruns, over its 20.6 km (12.8 mi) course, the Wormser Höhenweg traverses two picturesque passes and affords magnificent views of the glacially-sculpted Montafon Valley. It was the first and shortest of four high trails I did in Austria in October 2019, the others being the Stubaier Höhenweg (see Trip Report, Guide & Gear List), Schladming Tauern Höhenweg, and the Berliner Höhenweg (see Trip Report & Guide/Gear List). 

Approaching the high point of the Wormser Höhenweg.

At a Glance

Distance:  20.6 km (12.8 mi)

Average Duration:  7-10 hours 

Difficulty Level:  Moderate

High Point:  2,418 m (7,933 ft)

Total Elevation Gain: 1,544 m (5,066 ft)

Start:  Wormser Hütte (reservations)

Finish:  Heilbronner Hütte (reservations)


The village of Schruns was my base for the Wormser Hohenweg. The folks at the local visitor center were kind enough to let me store excess luggage there while doing the hike.

The less taxing (but no less scenic) way to go up and down between Schruns and Wormser Hut.

Wormser Hut – the official starting point of the High Trail.

Leaving the hut behind, I soon had the (momentarily snow-free) trail to myself.

Gazing southwest over the Montafon Valley from a cliff-hugging section of path.

Red and white paint splashes marked much of the snow-sprinkled route.

MLD Burn (DCF) gazing out from Roßergjoch (2,306 m).

Soon-to-be-frozen lake below Dreier Peak (2,321 m).

Heading southeast from Roßbergjoch.

Late-season blueberries were an unexpected bonus.

Alpine junction at the halfway mark (more or less).

Loney hut perched on a grass ledge above the Valschavielbach river valley.

Late afternoon reflections

Later afternoon silhouettes

I split the Wormser Hohenweg over two days. On the first, I walked around five hours and camped close to the Valschaveiler Jochili (Tarptent Aeon Li pictured). On the second day, I awoke to drizzly conditions and finished the trek a couple of hours later at a fog-draped Neue Heilbronner Hutte.


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