Venture to where the deer and the mountain goats play—and to an area of awesome natural beauty. It’s a long journey at about 23 kilometres, but manageable. Walking along Leutascher Ache River and Gaistalbach Creek, take in old-growth forest and acres of amazing meadows and pastures en route. Follow Ganghoferweg Trail to Hämmermoosalm Alpine Pasture Hut and further into the valley to Gaistalalm and Tillfussalm Alpine Pasture Huts, where Ludwig Ganghofer’s Hunting Lodge is located. The route continues between Mieming Mountains and Wetterstein Mountain Range, with peaks that are becoming more and more striking as you hike on. A gentle climb takes to up to Igelsee Lake, where Leutascher Ache River has its headwaters. Amble down to Ehrwalder Alm and to the top of Ehrwalder Alm Gondola on a forest road. From there, a marvellous footpath winds down to the village of Ehrwald, towered by prominent Zugspitze Peak.
Eagle View ·The former elementary school in Leutasch today houses the Ganghofer Museum Cultural Centre and a public library. The museum provides insights into the life and work of Ludwig Ganghofer (1855–1920), a German writer who became famous for his homeland novels. “Haus Hubertus” (Ganghoferhaus Lodge or Ganghofer Hunting Lodge) above Tillfussalm Alpine Pasture Hut is in private hands today. Right in front of it, a commemorative bust was erected in honour of the poet, looking down on visitors behind glasses.
Eagle Kick ·At the end of Gaistal Valley lies a magnificently remote place, a high valley of old growth forest where deer wander down into the meadows at dusk and back up the hillsides at dawn. In September and October, the haunting calls of stags in the midst of their rut--mating season--echo across the meadows and woods. You might perhaps spot amorous stags bugling their challenges, each seeking the right to mate.