From Solsteinhaus Lodge it’s steep climbs and rock scrambles north-westward towards Eppzirler Scharte Notch—the trail furiously works its way up to the notch that offers superb close-ups of Großer and Kleiner Solstein Peaks, the mighty western cornerstones of Nordkette Range. 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 charming Eppzirler Alm Alpine Pasture Hut with its tiny chapel. From there you begin your descent into Eppzirlertal Valley on a broad road that follows Gießenbach Brook across pristine Gießenbachklamm Ravine on a rugged trail. From Gießenbach the trail heads to Scharnitz, and across 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 bulwark was largely destroyed but some vaults and an imposing ditch still remain. With its weathered crags and pinnacles, Gießenbach Gorge 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 Mountain Range.
Eagle Kick ·Striking Große Arnspitze Peak is one of the most prominently recognizable peaks in the area, standing solitary between 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? Far from little-they're gigantic! Savour one of the finest vantages for admiring the Bavarian foothills of the Alps, Walchensee Lake, rugged and lofty Karwendel and Wetterstein Mountain Ranges. And if you can ever move your eyes away from these mesmerizing mountains, a multitude of others demand your attention as well, from the Ötztal Alps to the Stubai Alps.