Zirbenweg Trail, © Tirol Werbung/Markus Jenewein
Zirbenweg Trail, © Tirol Werbung/Markus Jenewein

Eagle Walk Stages in the Tux Alps

Following the demanding Eagle Walk stages across the Karwendel Mountains, stage 13 follows the scenic Zirbenweg trail as it gently meanders into the Tux Alps.

Following the demanding Eagle Walk stages across Karwendel, stage 13 follows the scenic Zirbenweg trail as it gently meanders into the Tux Alps. The trek will have you hopping with joy with its nonstop horizon-spanning views of jagged ridges and colossal summits, of Innsbruck and Hall and into the Inntal and Viggartal Valleys. Best of all, this Alpine adventure is achieved with minimal effort. The trail starts high and stays high. And with the trail's gentle ups and down, most hikers young and old will have no problem making the journey.

The mountains of the Tux Alps are known as an incredible wintertime paradise for skiers and snowboarders, while in summer the same mountains become gorgeous playgrounds for hiking. Trailhead of stage 13 is one of Tirol’s most famous (ski) mountains: Patscherkofel (2,246m/7,368ft). Towering high above Innsbruck, its striking rounded summit is marked by a broadcasting station which can be seen from afar. Famous for its centuries-old pine trees and rugged Alpine environment, the Patscherkofel-Glungezer area was declared a nature reserve back in 1942. Many summits of the Tux Alps rise above 2,000 metres/6,600 feet, with the peak of the Lizumer Reckner between the Wattentaler Lizum and Navis Valley topping out at 2,886 metres/9,470 feet.

Eagle Walk Stage 13: Innsbruck - Zirbenweg Trail - Innsbruck

True mountaineers will be drawn back into the mountains again. Therefore, this easy walk will be just right after living the high life in town. Your feet can still relax for a little while as you first take a bus or tram to Igls. From there, ride the gondola to the top of the Patscherkofel mountain. The Zirbenweg trail has many easy ups and downs as it meanders to the east and is lined by stone pines, a species that is adapted to extreme conditions imposed by elevation and latitude. The broad path winds gently up to slightly hidden Boscheben alpine pasture hut. From there, hikers can branch off to Meißnerhaus lodge in Viggartal Valley or to Tulfeinalm/Halsmarterlift where you will ride the chairlift down to Tulfes and get back to Igls and Innsbruck again. However, if you are in Tulfes, it is also recommended to visit the beautiful and historic town of Hall in Tirol.

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