Eagle Walk Stage 18, © Tirol Werbung/Dominik Gigler
Eagle Walk Stage 18, © Tirol Werbung/Dominik Gigler
Eagle Walk Stage 18, © Tirol Werbung/Dominik Gigler
Eagle Walk Stage 18, © Tirol Werbung/Dominik Gigler

Eagle Walk Stage 18: Lorea Hütte - Anhalter Hütte

The first section of the hike is fairly easy, gently ascending Alpine greenery before making an Achilles-aching ascent to Lorea Notch. Beyond, it’s a knee-jarring descent to Heimbach Valley, from where you will gain Schweinstein Col on your way to Tarrentonalm Alpine Pasture 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 Krom Saddle, the tread winds down meadows and Alpine pastures to reach Anhalter Hütte Hut, located in a place that pays scenic dividends to tenacious trekkers. Call it a day and savour 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.

Interesting Facts

Eagle View ·If you opt for the alternative route across Heiterwand North Trail from Schweinsteinjoch Col, running some 100 metres above, the trail takes you through abandoned mining claims. The decayed tunnels and shafts, where once lead and zinc was mined, are connected by a stunning, 25-kilometre long underground network. Exploration 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 atop Lorea Notch (elev. 2,315m) with lots of talus and scree waiting to be conquered. Beyond the notch, 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 from Lorea Notch--but they come at a substantial price in lung and leg pain. Be prepared to work for every view you get.

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Starting point  

Lorea Hut

Finishing point

Anhalter Hut

Mountain chain

Lechtal Alps

Length

16 km

Approximate hiking time

6 h 30 min

Features

  • Wheelchair-accessible Hiking Route
  • Circular hike

Difficulty rating

intermediate (red mountain trails)

Altitude

2,310m 1,410m

Elevation uphill 1,180m
Vertical metres downhill 1,200m

Fitness level

Technique

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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: Lorea Hütte

Start off at Lorea Hut and follow signage to “Loreakopf” on a trail that gently ascends rolling Alpine pastures in the beginning. At the fork, turn left on the signed “Loreakopf” track and climb up to Loreascharte Notch, mainly across scree and on a vigorously steep path in the upper part. On the other side, steeply descend on a singletrack trail through a grass flank down into Heimbachtal Valley. At the base of the descent, bear left on the valley floor and head towards “Nassereith”. Now, a narrow singletrack trail along the stream (in one section right in the streambed) gently descends out of the valley. At the point where the valley sharply bends to the right, change to the right bank of the stream; pay attention to the marking on the rock on the right side. From here, the trail enters the woods and descends south-westward into Tegestal Valley where it turns onto a forest road (the path joins the road at an altitude of around 1,400 meters above sea level). The forest road gradually climbs into the valley, passing the branch-off to Heiterwand Hut (to the left). Always stay in Tegestal Valley, which is very gentle in this section. Walk into the wide open Alpine pastures and leisurely ascend Schweinsteinjoch Col (elev. 1,564m) where the route to Sinnesbrunn branches off. The Eagle Walk, however, proceeds in the same direction across the gentle Alpine pastures, descending to Hintere Tarrentonalm Alpine Pasture Hut (elev. 1,519m).

Trailside Eateries: Hintere Tarrentonalm Alpine Pasture Hut

Here, follow signage to Anhalter Hut and climb up leisurely on a broad forest road. Shortly after, turn left at the fork and walk along the creek. The route passes Schafer Hut and then turns onto a singletrack trail. Now, in open terrain below Heiterwand Face, follow the leisurely ascending singletrack trail until you reach Hinterberg Col (elev. 2,202m). From there, make your way down across a steep tussock slope (“Schwarze Erde”, literally ‘Black Earth’), traverse the cirque and walk on a plain singletrack trail over to Kromsattel Saddle. From here, gently descend across Alpine pastures and meadows to quaint Anhalter Hut, situated at an elevation of 2,040 metres on foot of jagged Heiterwand Face.

Finishing point: Anhalter Hut

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