Eagle Walk Stage 1, © Tirol Werbung/Jens Schwarz
Eagle Walk Stage 1, © Tirol Werbung/Jens Schwarz
Eagle Walk Stage 1, © Tirol Werbung/Jens Schwarz
Eagle Walk Stage 1, © Tirol Werbung/Jens Schwarz
Eagle Walk Stage 1, © Tirol Werbung/Jens Schwarz
Eagle Walk Stage 1, © Tirol Werbung/Jens Schwarz
Eagle Walk Stage 1, © Tirol Werbung/Jens Schwarz
Eagle Walk Stage 1, © Tirol Werbung/Jens Schwarz
Eagle Walk Stage 1, © Tirol Werbung/Jens Schwarz
Eagle Walk Stage 1, © Tirol Werbung/Jens Schwarz

Eagle Walk Stage 01: St. Johann in Tirol - Gaudeamushütte

Sturdy boots will help keep your ankles and feet happy on this hike, full of the best things Tirol has to offer: well-maintained trails, wildflowers galore and waterfalls beckon the adventurous hiker ready for a strenuous climb with breathtaking views of lofty Wilder Kaiser Mountain Range as your reward. The nature reserve’s landscape will win you over with its diverse beauty. The pasture regions are covered with soft grassy meadows, and hikers are greeted by lofty Wilder Kaiser Mountain Range with rugged Maukspitze, Ackerlspitze, Regalpspitze and Törlspitze Peaks, all “Two-Thousanders” that average 2,000 metres altitude. Trailhead is Rummlerhof Inn, northwest of the village centre of St. Johann. After a successful first segment, why not take a rest at Gaudeamus Hut, raise your glass and sing: “Gaudeamus igitur – Let us be happy!” For many hikers this is far enough, contentment has already set in. Adventurous souls continue on the trail that works its way up across Klamml Gorge to Grutten Hut, which entails another 400 metres of climbing.

Interesting Facts

Eagle View · At the exit of Klamml Gorge enjoy impressive views of the stunning rock massif with its pinnacles, spires, caves, ledges and buttresses. It is called the “Wild Castle”. It is the stuff of legend – but it is best to invent your own story.

Eagle Kick · Klamml Via Ferrata is recommended for experienced climbers only: Suspended perilously across the Via Ferrata’s lower section, graded B/C, and its upper section with some portions graded D, these brave mountaineers need a head for heights as they traverse a 12-metre long rope bridge. Safety equipment for climbers, including a helmet and harness, is mandatory. The Mountain Trail that winds across Klamml Gorge involves some scrambling along the way as well.

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Starting point  

St. Johann in Tirol

Finishing point

Gaudeamus Hut

Mountain chain

Kaiser Mountains

Length

13 km

Approximate hiking time

5h

Features

  • Wheelchair-accessible Hiking Route
  • Circular hike

Difficulty rating

intermediate (red mountain trails)

Altitude

1,572m 660m

Elevation uphill 1,060m
Vertical metres downhill 470m

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: St. Johann in Tirol

Trailhead of Eagle Walk Segment #1 is Rummlerhof Inn in the hamlet of Hinterkaiser, northwest of the village centre of St. Johann in Tirol. Traveling by car, you can leave your car at the Steinlechnerplatz/Dampflfeld car park (for free; some 400m from the tourist information office). From Rummlerhof Inn, take the narrow paved road and walk westwards towards Maurerhof, following signage to “Schleierwasserfall”. Pass the (farm)house No. 80 on its left hand side. Now, an easy climb takes you through a thicket of trees. Cross the forest road and follow the red-white blazes upstream along a brook. The trail eventually joins a forest road, turn left first, then right towards “Schleierwasserfall” (keep walking on Trail No. 33 until you reach Schleier Waterfall).

You’ll access the falls along a steep path that winds through forest and takes you to Diebsöfen; and you will make your way around and up the cliffs assisted by a fixed anchoring system of cables. A brook winds along a perpendicular rock face—this is where you will find a cave. Descend to the brook and follow the markings in the cave (the trail traverses the cave). From Diebsöfen, an easy climb takes you up to mighty Schleier Waterfall. From there, take Trail No. 818 heading south and continue as far as the first fork in the trail. Here, head in a northeasterly direction through alpine meadows to the "Stiegenbachwasserfall". From there follow signage to “Regalm” and “Gaudeamushütte”. The trail enters the wide open world of Alpine pastures, descends again and eventually turns onto a forest road that takes you to "Obere Regalm" hut.

Trailside Eateries: Obere Regalm

Above the hut, walk towards “Gaudeamushütte” with the trail climbing atop a saddleback (right next to it is where you will find the mountaineer’s grave atop Brennender Palven). On the other side of the col the trail descends towards “Gaudeamushütte”, to an elevation of 1,270 metres. You’ll pass Freiberg Hut on your way down to Gaudeamus Hut, your comfy base for the night (keep to Trail No. 35 from the saddle onwards).

Finishing Point: Gaudeamushütte Hut

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