Eagle Walk Stage 14: Solsteinhaus, © Tirol Werbung/Johne Katleen
Eagle Walk Stage 14: Solsteinhaus, © Tirol Werbung/Johne Katleen
Eagle Walk Stage 14, © Tirol Werbung/Wiedenhofer Martina
Eagle Walk Stage 14, © Tirol Werbung/Wiedenhofer Martina

Eagle Walk Stage 14: Innsbruck - Solsteinhaus Lodge

Today starts rather swiftly with a train ride on the Karwendelbahn/Mittenwaldbahn Train from Innsbruck to Hochzirl. From there, follow signage to Solsteinhaus Lodge. While presenting nothing in the way of technical challenges, the grade is steep in places. It is a beautiful walk along gravel roads, little paths and dirt roads through forests and across gentle pastures. Idyllic Solnalm Alpine Pasture reveals the lodge that is your destination. Solsteinhaus Lodge is located at 1,805 metres above sea level and boasts modern creature comforts. You can look forward to delicious and hearty local specialties and a hot shower. For those who still haven’t had enough: There is even a climbing wall at the hut!

Interesting Facts

Eagle View ·Marvel at the array of geological diversity at the dramatic mountainous terrain that stretches off in every direction: There’s rugged rock formations, and there’s lots of signs indicating past glaciations, from a time when this area was covered by ice: glacially carved valleys, glacier scoured cirques, glacier moraines and glacial erratics with striations, created in eons past. The Scharnitz Interpretive Trail is a great opportunity to experience the great outdoors, appreciate nature at its finest, and to get factual information about the region, its wildlife and geology. Have fun hiking while learning!

Eagle Kick ·How about a quick quiz on Solsteinhaus Lodge: Why is the smaller mountain called “Big Solstein” (Großer Solstein) and its 100-metre higher brother “Little Solstein” (Kleiner Solstein)? The answer is the following: In the past, the importance of the smaller mountain was greater as it was used to raise cattle on its meadows. The Small Solstein Mountain (elev. 2,637m) is the highest mountain in the Nordkette Range. It boasts an extremely sharp east ridge and its north face is an expert rock climbing terrain.

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Starting point  

Innsbruck

Finishing point

Solsteinhaus Lodge

Mountain chain

Karwendel Mountains

Length

7 km

Approximate hiking time

3h

Features

  • Wheelchair-accessible Hiking Route
  • Circular hike

Difficulty rating

intermediate (red mountain trails)

Altitude

1,800m 920m

Elevation uphill 940m
Vertical metres downhill 70m

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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: Innsbruck

Ride on Mittenwald Train from Innsbruck to Hochzirl or walk from Innsbruck Main Railroad Station westwards to Salurnerstrasse Road until you reach the Triumphal Arch. Then turn right into Maria-Theresien-Street that leads straight to the Old Town. Pass the Golden Roof on your right, entering Domgasse Street. As you approach the Cathedral of St. James, follow the Route of St. James leading from Innsbruck via Kranebitten and Völs to Kematen. Take the hiking path across Innbrücke Bridge heading towards Zirl and continue through Ehnbachklamm Gorge in the direction of “Pleiner” until you reach the Hochzirl Railroad Station. From here, follow signage to “Solsteinhaus”. North of the rail tracks, a well-maintained singletrack trail soon starts to run through deep woods. Shortly after, the singletrack trail leads into a fairly steep dirt road that goes straight upwards. Soon, the path from Hochzirl Hospital joins in from the left. Continue upward and in north-eastern direction on the steep path leading through the woods. After crossing the little stream that flows down from Brunnenschrofen, the terrain is almost level or only gently inclining for a while. Then, the route is almost similar to a roadway and becomes steeper again. At an elevation of some 1,350 metres above sea level, the route merges with a broad forest road that takes you further up, passing a little gorge. After the stream, the singletrack trail leads through thinning forest and across dwarf pines until you can see the wide open Alpine meadows of idyllic Solnalm Alpine Pasture. From there, you can enjoy the first glimpse of Solsteinhaus Lodge. Pass Solnalm Alpine Pasture to your right and hike on in northern direction into the valley towards Höllkar Cirque, crossing several scree gullies. Thereafter, the path crosses the offshoots of Höllkar Cirque and the stream. Finally, you walk up the hill on a gentle path through dwarf pines and arrive at Solsteinhaus Lodge on Erlsattel Saddle, 1805 metres above sea level.

Finishing point: Solsteinhaus Lodge

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Your destination address: Innsbruck

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