samnaungruppe spiegelt sich in schwarzer see von nauders
samnaungruppe spiegelt sich in schwarzer see von nauders

Hike to the Boundary Stone

Nauders is located in the border triangle Austria-Switzerland-Italy: This hiking tour leads us past the Black Lake and the Green Lake to the Boundary Stone, where the three countries join.

We take the chair lift in Nauders to go up to Mt. Kleinmutzkopf (1,800 m a.s.l.). Past the Mutzkopf tavern, we follow the path to the Black Lake (Schwarzer See), which we reach after about 2 km. This lake is the secret highlight of our hike as it is of particular beauty. The dark water looks untouched, the peaks of the Samnaun Alps are reflected in it. The reed belt and the water lilies are the ideal habitat for water birds like the little grebes which we meet. A gorgeous place to stay, but we have to make a move. We carry on walking along the path no. 9 towards the Green Lake (Grüner See). It is a bit smaller than the first lake and its water shimmers green.

Now we follow the signpost to the boundary stone, across the Gufra Meadows, an alpine pasture with wetlands, and enjoy all kinds of blooming alpine flowers. We crack the 2,000 m mark and walk across South Tyrolean terrain for a short section, until we reach the border stone. From here we have a fantastic view on the lower Engadine with Ramosch and Tschlin, the summit of Mt. Muttler (3,294 m a.s.l.) and the area of Finstermünz in the Tyrolean Oberinntal valley. For our way back we take the same route, so we can enjoy the gorgeous natural landscape once more.

Author: AT

If you want to do this hike, please take information about the weather and the current conditions of the trail on site!

Starting point: Mutzkopf mountain station, Nauders
Route: Mt. Kleinmutzkopf - Black Lake - Green Lake - Gufra Meadows - Boundary Stone
Signpost: Schwarzer See, no. 9, 6, 6A, Grüner See, Dreiländerstein
Distance: approx. 5.3 km (each direction)
Walking time: approx. 2 hours (each direction)
Altitude difference: approx. 640 m
Altitude level: between 1,670 and 2,190 m a.s.l.
Experienced in: July 2013

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