© DAV Sektion München & Oberland
© DAV Sektion München & Oberland
Eagle Walk Stage 10, © Tirol Werbung/Benjamin Fuchs
Eagle Walk Stage 10, © Tirol Werbung/Benjamin Fuchs

Eagle Walk Stage 10: Falkenhütte - Karwendelhaus

You may have already dreamed of summiting more peaks during your night on Falken Hut, on foot of prominent Laliderer Wände, however, you will start your day ambling down through rolling Alpine meadows. Beyond Ladizalm Alpine Pasture Hut, a dirt road winds down through thinning forest to Kleiner Ahornboden. It is a “smaller cousin” to the nearby fabled Großer Ahornboden and offers many of the same payoffs – including old growth sycamore maples – but is less crowded. Take some time to contemplate the serenity of nature, but, as you are here for mountaineering, your feet will quickly get used to climbing uphill again as you head northward into Lower Filztal Valley. From there, a short climb, gaining 400 metres in elevation, takes you up to Karwendelhaus Lodge.

Interesting Facts

Eagle View · A historically interesting highlight along this walk is the picturesque Ladizalm Alpine Pasture Hut, which was presumably built in the 16th century. At Hochalm Saddleback, you will be surrounded by improbably gorgeous landscape. Catch your breath and scan the horizon from Jochkreuz Cross at its top. Can you identify Birkkarspitze Peak, which you will summit on Eagle Walk Stage 11?

Eagle Kick · Kleiner Ahornboden is a magnificently remote place, an Alpine plateau of gnarled, old growth sycamore maples and myriad other plant and animal life. It is a “smaller cousin” to the nearby fabled Großer Ahornboden and offers many of the same payoffs – and if one dare say it, it is less crowded as there is no access road leading there. Simply contemplate your good fortune while sitting here under the canopy of a stately, 500-year old sycamore maple, surrounded by pure mountain beauty.

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Starting point  

Falkenhütte

Finishing point

Karwendelhaus

Mountain chain

Karwendel Mountains

Length

9 km

Approximate hiking time

3 h 30 min

Features

  • Wheelchair-accessible Hiking Route
  • Circular hike

Difficulty rating

intermediate (red mountain trails)

Altitude

1,840m 1,380m

Elevation uphill 440m
Vertical metres downhill 520m

Fitness level

Technique

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* These are approximate values and recommendations. Please take your personal fitness level, technical ability and the current weather conditions into account. Tirol Werbung cannot guarantee that the information provided is correct and accepts no liability.

Eagle Walk

This is a stage of the Eagle Walk, Tirol's most famous long-distance hiking trail.

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Trail description

Starting point: Falkenhütte 

From the Falkenhütte, head northwards following signage to “Karwendelhaus” and stroll down the well-maintained trail leading through alpine meadows. Continue further downhill on a forest road and pass the lovely Ladizalm and its historic hut. Keep to the forest road as you stroll down through thinning forest. Having crossed the wide riverbed, which is usually dry, the trail will merge with a broad forest road. This road takes you to the memorial commemorating mountaineer Hermann von Barth and to the ancient foresters' lodges situated slightly above it. Follow the forest road, passing the lodges, and continue uphill towards “Karwendelhaus”. The forest road will soon become a mere dirt road as it leads through thinning forest, and later you will be walking on a simple footpath. This path takes you gently uphill through pleasant Lower Filztal Valley, before leading further upwards into alpine meadows, without changing direction.

After a little while the path will merge with a logging road that takes you uphill along the meadows until you reach the Hochalmsattel ridge (elev. 1,803 m) with a cross on its summit. If the weather is clear you will have wonderful views of surrounding peaks, the rockfaces of the Laliderer Wände and the Falkenhütte below. From the ridge, stroll down and turn left towards the Karwendelhaus, situated at an elevation of 1,765 metres. This fine mountain lodge, with astounding views (especially at sunset, when the setting sun bathes the surrounding in orange light), is a great place to spend the night.

Finishing point: Karwendelhaus

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