The first section of the hike is fairly easy, gently ascending alpine greenery before making an Achilles-aching ascent to the Loreascharte ridge. Beyond, it’s a knee-jarring descent to the Heimbach Valley, from where you will gain the Schweinsteinjoch col on your way to the Tarrentonalm hut. This is a perfect walk to show intrepid hikers the extraordinary places their feet can take them. However, you’ll need to turn your focus from the scenery to your feet as the steep descent from Hinterberg col can be treacherous and slippery in rain, and you'll have to cross a few snowfields as snow may remain here well into August. Beyond Hinterberg col and Kromsattel saddle, the path winds down meadows and alpine pastures to reach the Anhalter Hütte hut. Call it a day and savour the breathtaking views!
Important! Due to construction work, the Anhalter Hütte hut will be closed in summer 2019. We recommend continuing stage 18 from the Anhalter Hütte hut as far as Pfafflar, where hikers can stay the night at the Gasthof Bergheimat and continue with stage 19 the next day.
Eagle View ·If you opt for the alternative route across the Heiterwand-Nordsteig trail from the Schweinsteinjoch col, running some 100 metres above, the trail takes you through an abandoned mining area. The decayed tunnels and shafts, where once lead and zinc was mined, are connected by a stunning, 25-kilometre-long underground network. Guided tours of the network are offered by the Tarrenz Mining Club. Visit the popular Gurgltal Miner's World in Tarrenz for a look below the surface into local mining history.
Eagle Kick ·You'll work up a sweat on the vigorously steep climb onto the Loreascharte ridge (elev. 2,315m) with lots of talus and scree waiting to be conquered. Beyond the ridge, the trail steeply descends to Heimbachtal Valley. Trail conditions aside, this route requires some serious stamina. The rewards are great - outstanding views of the western Lechtal Alps - but they come at a substantial price in lung and leg pain. Be prepared to work for every view you get.