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.
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.