Eagle Walk Stage 1: St. Johann – Gaudeamushütte, © Tirol Werbung/Jens Schwarz
Eagle Walk Stage 1: St. Johann – Gaudeamushütte, © Tirol Werbung/Jens Schwarz
Eagle Walk Stage 1: St. Johann – Gaudeamushütte, © Tirol Werbung/Jens Schwarz
Eagle Walk Stage 1: St. Johann – Gaudeamushütte, © Tirol Werbung/Jens Schwarz
Eagle Walk Stage 1: Regalm hut, © Tirol Werbung/Jens Schwarz
Eagle Walk Stage 1: Regalm hut, © Tirol Werbung/Jens Schwarz
Eagle Walk Stage 1: Kaiser Mountains, © Tirol Werbung/Jens Schwarz
Eagle Walk Stage 1: Kaiser Mountains, © Tirol Werbung/Jens Schwarz
Eagle Walk Stage 1: Schleierwasserfall waterfall, © Tirol Werbung/Jens Schwarz
Eagle Walk Stage 1: Schleierwasserfall waterfall, © Tirol Werbung/Jens Schwarz

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

Pull on your walking boots and join us on a hike across Tirol! The first stage of the Eagle Walk provides a truly spectacular start to what is set to be an unforgettable journey from east to west. We begin our adventure in the Kaiser Mountains with their craggy grey peaks towering above lush green meadows. Some of the most famous mountains in this part of Tirol include the Maukspitze, Ackerlspitze, Regalpspitze and Törlspitze, all of which are over 2,000 metres high. The hike begins at the Gasthaus Rummlerhof, a guesthouse to the north-west of the centre of St. Johann. Upon arrival at your destination, the Gaudeamushütte, you can raise your glass and to a successful day and sing: "Gaudeamus igitur - Let us be happy!". Alternatively, why not add an extra challenge and take on the 400 vertical metres up to the Gruttenhütte?

Interesting Facts

Eagle View · At the exit of the Klamml gorge there are impressive views of the stunning rock massif with its pinnacles, spires, caves, ledges and buttresses. Known as the “Wild Castle”, it is the stuff of legends – but it is best to invent your own story.

Eagle Kick · The Klamml via ferrata is recommended for experienced climbers only. A spectacular 12-metre-long bridge connects the via ferrata’s lower section (graded B/C) and its upper section with some sections graded D. Safety equipment for climbers, including a helmet and harness, is mandatory. The mountain trail that winds its way across Klamml gorge also involves some climbing.

Tip! There is a Black Diamond Service Station at the Gaudeamushütte, where hikers who have broken a walking pole or lost a glove can get a free replacement.

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Starting point  

St. Johann in Tirol, Rummlerhof

Finishing point

Gaudeamushütte

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

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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

Stage 1 of the Eagle Walk begins at the Rummlerhof, a tavern and guesthouse in the hamlet of Hinterkaiser, northwest of the village centre of St. Johann in Tirol. Hikers arriving by car can park at the Steinlechnerplatz/Dampflfeld car park (free of charge; around 400m from the tourist information office). From the Rummlerhof, hikers take the narrow paved road and walk westwards towards Maurerhof, following the signs for “Schleierwasserfall”. After passing (farm)house number 80 on the left-hand side, the trail leads up through a thicket of trees. Cross the forest road and follow the red-and-white blazes upstream along a brook. The trail eventually joins a forest road. Turn left, then right as you make your way towards the Schleierwasserfall waterfall (keep walking on trail number 33 until you reach the waterfall).

From the waterfall there is a steep path (with a safety rope) that leads through forest and takes you to Diebsöfen. A brook winds along a rock face. This is where you will find a cave. Descend to the brook and follow the markings into the cave (the trail traverses the cave). From Diebsöfen, an easy climb takes you up to mighty Schleierwasserfall waterfall. From there, take trail number 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 the signs 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 the Obere Regalm hut.

Food & drink: 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 (35) descends towards the Gaudeamushütte hut, to an elevation of 1,270 metres. Finally, walk past the Freiberghütte hut on your way down to the Gaudeamushütte hut, your comfy base for the night.

Finishing point: Gaudeamushütte hut

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