Eagle Walk Stage 16, © Tirol Werbung/Dominik Gigler
Eagle Walk Stage 16, © Tirol Werbung/Dominik Gigler
Eagle Walk Stage 16, © Tirol Werbung/Dominik Gigler
Eagle Walk Stage 16, © Tirol Werbung/Dominik Gigler
Eagle Walk Stage 16, © Tirol Werbung/Dominik Gigler
Eagle Walk Stage 16, © Tirol Werbung/Dominik Gigler
Eagle Walk Stage 16, © Tirol Werbung/Dominik Gigler
Eagle Walk Stage 16, © Tirol Werbung/Dominik Gigler
Eagle Walk Stage 16, © Tirol Werbung/Dominik Gigler
Eagle Walk Stage 16, © Tirol Werbung/Dominik Gigler

Eagle Walk Stage 16: Leutasch/Ahrn - Ehrwald

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.

Interesting Facts

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.

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Starting point  

Leutasch, Ahrn

Finishing point

Ehrwald

Mountain chain

Wetterstein Mountains

Length

23 km

Approximate hiking time

7h

Features

  • Wheelchair-accessible Hiking Route
  • Circular hike

Difficulty rating

easy (hiking trails)

Altitude

1,590m 980m

Elevation uphill 590m
Vertical metres downhill 730m

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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: Ahrn

Start off in Ahrn (a hamlet of the village of Leutasch) at the bridge over Leutascher Ache River on the left side of the river downstream, and take the footpath that heads towards “Weidach”. Shortly after, the path crosses to the right side of the river. Here, follow signage to “Unterweidach” and/or “Achweg Weidach”. Then, you continuously follow Leutascher Ache River on its right side downstream on Achenweg Trail until you reach Kalvarienberg Mountain at the entrance to Gaistal Valley. Cross the river on an iron footbridge, walk a few metres into the valley, cross to the right side of the river at the toll booth and continue on the path into the valley. Before you reach Salzbach Car Park, follow signage to “Almenparadies Gaistal” and cross the river again. Then, however, do not follow the path to the parking area but turn left before, taking the broad roadway into Gaistal Valley. After a few metres, branch off to the right and head onto “Ganghoferweg” Trail. This is a broad footpath that steeply ascends for a short while at the beginning. Thereafter, the route gently ascends through thinning forest and runs along meadows, passing below Hämmermoosalm Alpine Pasture Hut and heading towards the end of the valley (“Gaistalalm”, “Tillfussalm”). The path crosses Leitenbach Brook and descends a few metres down to Gaistalalm Alpine Pasture Hut which is the end of Ganghoferweg Trail. After your stop-off at the hut, continue in the same direction across Alpine pastures until you reach Tillfussalm Alpine Pasture Hut. Soon, the footpath changes into a singletrack trail. It enters into the forest and slightly ascends. Then it descends very gently down to Tillfussalm Alpine Pasture Hut.

Trailside Eateries: Gaistalalm Alpine Pasture Hut, Tillfussalm Alpine Pasture Hut

From there, continue westward on the broad valley path, running parallel to Leutascher Ache River and Gaistalbach Creek. At the fork, walk straight ahead following signage to “Ehrwalder Alm über Igelsee”. The route runs between Mieming Mountains on the left and Wetterstein Mountain Range on the right with peaks that are becoming more and more striking as you hike on. Altogether, the path gently ascends and leads to Igelsee Lake past a tiny knob. Behind the lake, bear right at the fork and follow the steep path up to an elevation of 1,600 metres (here, the path from Pest Chapel joins in). Follow the forest road down to Ehrwalder Alm Alpine Pasture Hut and to the top of Ehrwalder Alm Gondola.

Trailside Eateries: Ehrwalder Alm Alpine Pasture Hut, Tirolerhaus Alpine Pasture Hut, Alpenglühn Alpine Pasture Hut, Ganghofer Hütte  Alpine Pasture Hut, Brentalm Alpine Pasture Hut

Below Ehrwalder Alm Alpine Pasture Hut, the signed (“Wiesenweg nach Ehrwald”) meadow path to Ehrwald starts. First, it leads across the ski resort. At the fork, go straight ahead, then bear right and proceed on a steep portion through the forest. Thereafter, the footpath leads across marvellous mountain meadows and pastures over to the base of Ehrwalder Alm Gondola. From there, you get to Ehrwald on Altmühlensteig Trail, which starts a few metres southwest of the base on the left side of Gaisbach Creek downstream.

Finishing point: Ehrwald

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