Eagle Walk Stage 12, © Tirol Werbung/Gigler Dominik
Eagle Walk Stage 12, © Tirol Werbung/Gigler Dominik
Eagle Walk Stage 12, © Tirol Werbung/Gigler Dominik
Eagle Walk Stage 12, © Tirol Werbung/Gigler Dominik
Eagle Walk Stage 12, © Tirol Werbung/Gigler Dominik
Eagle Walk Stage 12, © Tirol Werbung/Gigler Dominik
Eagle Walk Stage 12: Eagle View, © Tirol Werbung/Gigler Dominik
Eagle Walk Stage 12: Eagle View, © Tirol Werbung/Gigler Dominik

Eagle Walk Stage 12: Hallerangerhaus - Innsbruck

This trek along the Eagle Walk is where you will get the best of both worlds – the urban sophistication of a historic city and remote mountain wilderness. Follow an old mule-track towards Lafatscher Saddleback and gently descend to Pfeishütte Hut, where Goetheweg Trail has its trailhead. After a short climb, the trail meanders from the north to the south side of Nordkette Range time and again—and will leave your head spinning as you’ll get a superb panorama of Innsbruck, Inntal Valley and Inn River glistening deep down. From Hafelekar, you can send your greetings to “Miss Hitt” (“Frau Hitt” in German), the stony landmark of Innsbruck, before riding Nordkette Gondola down to the valley. And, finally, Innsbruck, the lively capital city of Tirol: Architectural gems lurk around every corner of the old town. Stroll around the quaint alleys and streets to take in the atmosphere of this magical town, and you will find a host of exciting sights and attractions, inviting sidewalk cafés and restaurants, and world-class shopping opportunities.


Interesting Facts

Eagle View ·The Hafelekar measuring station is an observatory for cosmic radiation of the University of Innsbruck. It was initiated by Victor Franz Hess (1883-1964), a Nobel Prize winner of Physics. Cast a glance through a window opening and see the beginnings of high-energy physics. However, the magnificent views into the Inntal Valley from Goetheweg Trail also have a highly energetic effect. The mountain town is a most welcoming place!

Eagle Kick ·Noted for being among Europe’s longest and most difficult downhills, Nordkette Singletrack Trail provides a stack of options for downhill riders. Trailhead of Nordkette Singletrack Trail is Seegrube at an elevation of 1,905 metres. Daredevil, seriously expert level riders master the Nordkette Singletrack Trail downhill in 10 minutes. Not for the feint hearted this one!

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Starting point  

Hallerangerhaus Lodge

Finishing point

Innsbruck

Mountain chain

Karwendel Mountains

Length

13 km

Approximate hiking time

5 h 30 min

Features

  • Wheelchair-accessible Hiking Route
  • Circular hike

Difficulty rating

difficult (black trails)

Altitude

2,280m 570m

Elevation uphill 1,150m
Vertical metres downhill 970m

Fitness level

Technique

Best time of year

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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: Hallerangerhaus

From Hallerangerhaus Lodge follow the footpath towards “Lafatscher Joch”. The path takes you through a scree and talus field that is getting steeper and narrower as you walk along. The trail will then lead to the so-called “Durchschlag” (here the old mule-track was built into the rock) and you will pass a cross before reaching a plateau (where you will find a turnoff towards Speckkarspitze Peak). Walk across the plateau to the north and you will soon reach Lafatscherjoch Saddle. At the saddle, follow signage to “Pfeishütte”. This trail is a gentle downhill stroll. Follow signage to “Pfeishütte” and/or “Pfeishütte über Wilde-Bande-Steig”. The pristine Wilde-Bande-Steig Trail is a gentle ascent taking you along dwarf pines and across gullies until you reach the entrance to the cirque below Stempeljoch Saddle. Follow signage to “Stempeljoch” and/or “Pfeishütte”. You have to master steps made of planks and ropes. The trail is getting steeper, while the unstable scree ground will be easier further uphill. Turn right at the saddle and stroll down along meadows and Alpine pastures towards Pfeis Hut.

Trailside Eateries: Pfeishütte

The way-marked Goetheweg Trail (No. 219) has its trailhead at the hut. The trail is a gentle ascent to the basin south of the shelter. Follow the next turnoff towards “Mandlscharte” and/or “Hafelekar Bergstation”, then take the right fork (to the left the trail branches off towards Arzler Scharte) and a wide loop will take you uphill crossing a scree and talus slope to gain Mandlscharte Notch. The descent on the backside leads through talus before merging into a well-maintained and rather broad path that evenly crosses the talus beneath rock faces. This section offers a scenic view of the backside of lofty Nordkette Range. After a short climb, the trail changes to the side of the Inntal Valley, where a few switchbacks will take you downhill. This is followed by a gentle ascent along an excellent path on the grassy southern flank of Nordkette towards the west until you reach Hafelekar Top Terminal. Always follow signage to “Hafelekar Bergstation” and/or “Goetheweg”. This final section of the trail meanders from the north to the south side of the ridge time and again.

Trailside Eateries: Hafelekar Lodge

You’ll make your way around and up the cliffs along Goetheweg Trail assisted by a fixed anchoring system of cables.

Trailside Eateries: Seegrube Alpine Lounge

Ride Nordkettenbahn Gondola and space-age Nordkette Funicular down to the heart of Tirol’s lively capital Innsbruck. An alternative route is to walk downhill, and visit the Alpine Zoo on your way down.

Finishing point: Innsbruck

Tip! If you don't manage to see a golden eagle in the wild then there is always the Alpenzoo overlooking Innsbruck, where visitors will find the golden eagles Max and Donna. The zoo is easy to reach. Simply travel down towards the city on the Nordkette Funicular and get off at the stop named "Alpenzoo". From there it is just a short walk from to the zoo entrance.

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Your destination address: Meinhardstraße 7-11, Innsbruck

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