Behind the charming mountain village of Eng (featuring a dairy farm open to visitors) there is a wide walking trail towards the Falken Hut. (Important information! The Falken Hut is closed for renovation work in summer 2018 and 2019). Passing through a combination of meadows and forests, walkers make their way up to the Hohljoch ridge at 1,794m. A short descent through the Laliderer Reisen is followed by a section of up and down. The trail then gently winds its way up to the Spielissjoch and the impressive Falken Hut. From here the route takes walkers downhilll through lush meadows, past the Ladizalm and through a sparse forest to the Kleiner Ahornboden, an area of maple trees which is just as impressive as its big brother, the Großer Ahornboden. Heading uphill in a northwesterly direction, hikers reach the Unteres Filztal, where just 400 vertical metres with fabulous views remain to the Karwendelhaus.
Highlights on this stage
Landscape · The "Großer Ahornboden" is a protected area of outstanding natural beauty with more than 2000 maple trees between 300 and 600 years old growing in front of a spectacular rock backdrop. Early summer and autumn are the two best times to visit this area and admire the incredible colours of nature.
Climbing · Measuring almost 1,000 metres from bottom to top, the Laliderer Wände are a series of sheer rockfaces in the Karwendel Mountains and home to some of the best climbing in the Northern Limestone Alps. Most of the routes are challenging (rated 4 to 8 on the Austrian climbing scale), though as you get closer you will see that the rocks hide more handholds and footholds than appear at first sight as you approach from the west.
Hut · The picturesque Ladizalm hut was probably built as early as the 16th century. The nearby Hochalmsattel surrounded by lush meadows is a good vantage point offering views of mountains including the Birkkarspitze, one of the peaks which await hikers the next day.
Landscape · Unlike its big brother the Großer Ahornboden, the smaller Kleiner Ahornboden is much quieter and remote, meaning hikers will find no coachloads of tourists. The perfect place to lean back on a 500-year-tree, admire the landscape and feel the energy of nature.