The Nockspitze is the main viewing mountain in the Senales Valley. The view from the summit, high over the Vernagt reservoir, across the entire Senales Valley is breathtaking. The descent can be combined with an interesting hike through Alpine pastures.
Starting from the eponymous reservoir in Vernagt, we cross over the dam wall and continue along the steep upward trail no. 17 through the forest to the Waldinger Alm inn and on to the edge of the forest. After an ascent of about three hours, we arrive at the summit cross, having achieved an elevation gain of about 1000 m.
Descent option 1: This descent takes about 2.5 hours and is to the Mastaunalm inn where you can fortify yourself with the typical South Tyrolean “Merende” platter before carrying on to Unser Frau. From there, we can either walk or take the bus to Vernagt and back to our starting point.
Descent option 2: Return along the same route as far as the fork in the pathway. Take a left downwards along trail no. 16 that leads into the valley and further down onto trail no. 13. Gently rising and falling, this trail leads across the mountain pastures to the Berglalm inn. Continuing through the Swiss pine forest to “Gerstgras” inn and further along trail no. 13A out of the valley through meadows and the larch forest to the lake. We continue along the lake and back to the dam wall.