The Lechtal Alps, where the famous Ski Arlberg Skiing Area is located, are characterised by a distinctive main ridge
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The Lechtal Alps, which extend in the Austrian provinces of Tyrol and Vorarlberg, are the largest mountain chain of the Northern Limestone Alps. Their main characteristic is their varied rock composition and appearance. The only peak of 3,000 m in the Northern Limestone Alps, which is the 3,040 m high Parseierspitze, belongs to the Lechtal Alps - or Lechtaler Alpen, in German.
In the north, they are bounded by the Allgäu Alps, in the north-east by the Ammergau Alps, in the east by the Mieming Range and the Wetterstein Mountains, in the south by the Oetztal Alps and Samnaun Alps, in the south-west by the Verwall Alps, in the west by the Lechquellen Mountains.
Peaks: The 10 highest elevations include, among others, Mt. Parseierspitze with its 3,040 metres and the striking greenish and reddish rock band beneath the summit, Mt. Darwinkopf (2,970 m a.s.l.), Mt. Bocksgartenspitze (2,939 m a.s.l.) and the 2,888 m high Vorderseespitze.
Trails: The Lechtal Alps are a popular area for hikers. The European long-distance hiking trail E5 traverses the mountain group as well as the Limestone Alps Trail. Also the Red Trail and the Yellow Trail of the Via Alpina lead through the Lechtal Alps in two stages. Several fixed-rope routes such as the Arlberg and the Imst Routes complete the active offer in the warm months of the year. In winter, the Ski Arlberg near St. Anton am Arlberg is the largest skiing area of the Lechtal Alps.