Hiking in the Gaistal Valley, © Tirol Werbung/Dominik Gigler
Hiking in the Gaistal Valley, © Tirol Werbung/Dominik Gigler

Eagle Walk Stages in the Wetterstein Mountains

Eagle Walk stage 16 takes avid hikers across picture-postcard Leutasch and the Gaistal Valley into the Wetterstein Mountains.

Eagle Walk stage 16 take avid hikers into the rugged terrain of the Wetterstein mountains. From the village of Leutasch you’ll head into the remote Gaistal Valley, an area of awesome natural beauty, and eventually along Leutascher Ache river toward the village of Ehrwald at the foot of the imposing Zugspitze mountain.

The Wetterstein Range, a massive mountain block with long subsidiary ridges, lies on the frontier between German Bavaria and the Austrian Tirol. The highest peak in the range and also in Germany is the Zugspitze (2,962m/9,717ft). Walking enthusiasts, mountaineers and rock climbers will find many opportunities for exploring the gorgeous mountain scenery and rugged beauty of this natural wonderland.

Eagle Walk Stage 16: Leutasch/Ahrn - Ehrwald

Venture to where the deer and the mountain goats play - and to an area of awesome natural beauty. It’s a long journey at about 23 kilometres, but manageable. Walking along Leutascher Ache river and Gaistalbach stream, take in old-growth forest and acres of amazing meadows and pastures en route. Follow the Ganghoferweg trail to the Hämmermoosalm hut and further into the valley to Gaistalalm and Tillfussalm huts, where you will find the former hunting lodge of writer Ludwig Ganghofer. The route continues between the Mieming Mountains and Wetterstein Mountains, with peaks that become more and more striking as you hike on. A gentle climb takes to up to the Igelsee lake, where the Leutascher Ache river has its headwaters. Amble down to Ehrwalder Alm and to the top of the Ehrwalder Alm gondola on a forest road. From there, a marvellous footpath winds down to the village of Ehrwald towered over by the Zugspitze, Germany's highest mountain.

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