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.
Eagle Alpine History · Hermann von Barth, the “Bagger of Peaks”. This segment takes you past the Hermann-von-Barth-Monument at Kleiner Ahornboden. The location of this memorial plaque alone already indicates that it has to be for a mountaineer. And this is true! Hermann von Barth (1845 - 1876) was a jurist and natural scientist from the Bavarian Alpine Foreland who became well known for his exploration of the Karwendel Mountains. He was not looking for forest roads suitable for tourists, but was interested in challenging experiences to the peaks. In the summer of 1870, he climbed, alone, 88 peaks, twelve of which were first ascents, including Birkkarspitze, Kaltwasserkarspitze, Lalidererspitze, Große Seekarspitze, Grubenkarspitze, Dreizinkenspitze, Eastern Karwendelspitze, Vogelkarspitze, Wörner and Kuhkopf. Many names of mountain huts, trails and peaks, such as Barthspitze Peak, today bear his name and are witness to the services of Hermann von Barth in in opening up the Karwendel Mountains to the average walker. However, the bearded vulture (“Bartgeier” in German) was not named after him.
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 Segment #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.