Stage 19 involves plenty of knee-punishing descents, but the wow factor far exceeds the “ow” factor – this walk delivers much reward for the effort. The exposed and rugged trail from Anhalter Hütte to the Steinjöchl ridge is assisted by a fixed anchoring system of cables. From the ridge, it’s a steep descent to the Hahntennjochsattel. Gorgeous scenery awaits eager hikers in the remote Pfafflar Valley, passing picture-postcard villages en route to the Angerletal Valley and to the finishing point of this stage: Hanauer Hütte. Most of the 38 km² Muttekopf nature reserve lies above the treeline, so you'll find yourself in a true alpine environment. Don’t forget to turn your focus from the beautiful scenery to your feet as rare, exotic and endangered alpine wildflowers and plants can be found here.
Eagle View ·The historic wooden homes, which are typical of the remote Pfafflar Valley are made from round tree trunks; some of them date back to the 13th century. For the construction of these houses, neither a saw nor any metal was used. The joints are filled with mortar and whitened, which makes the houses look striped. The tiny hamlet of Boden reveals this otherworldly landscape in all its glory, and the trail leads through flower fields and past thundering waterfalls.
Eagle Kick ·One of the most striking peaks in this rugged alpine environment is the Falschkogel peak, easily recognisable from the Steinjöchl ridge by the jagged cliffs on its northern shoulder and the gentle pastoral hills on its southern shoulder. But don’t be fooled, the terrain is not as gentle as it seems. In fact there are steep drop-offs and exposed areas, so be careful.