From the Solsteinhaus it’s steep climbs and rock scrambles north-westward towards Eppzirler Scharte. The trail works its way up to the ridge that offers superb close-ups of the Großer and Kleiner Solstein peaks, the mighty western cornerstones of the Nordkette Mountains. Beyond a scree cirque, a well-maintained trail switchbacks down and merges into lush alpine meadows at an elevation of around 1,700 metres, taking you to the charming Eppzirler hut with its tiny chapel. From there you begin your descent into Eppzirlertal Valley on a broad road that follows Gießenbach stream across the Gießenbachklamm ravine on a rugged trail. From Gießenbach the trail heads to Scharnitz, and across the Hoher Sattel and through thinning forest to Leutasch/Ahrn.
Eagle View ·Step back in time and explore the remains of an old defensive stronghold. A mighty bulwark, the 17th century Porta Claudia, was built during the Thirty Years War under the reign of Claudia di Medici as a stronghold between Bavaria and Tirol. The once mighty fortress was largely destroyed, but some vaults and an imposing ditch still remain. With its weathered crags and pinnacles, Gießenbachklamm ravine is a spectacular natural sight. In mid-summer, the creek is but a trickle. A viewing bench along the trail affords stunning views of rugged Karwendel Mountains.
Eagle Kick ·The striking Große Arnspitze mountain is one of the most prominently recognizable peaks in the area, standing alone between the Wetterstein and Karwendel Ranges. It's a little long, a little steep and a little challenging getting to the top, and the actual summit is a rock-scramble. But the scenic rewards? They're breathtaking! Savour one of the finest vantages for admiring the Bavarian foothills of the Alps, Walchensee lake, the and rugged and lofty Karwendel and Wetterstein Mountains. If you can ever move your eyes away from these mesmerising mountains, a multitude of others demand your attention as well, from the Ötztal Alps to the Stubai Alps.