Eagle Walk Stage 2: Gaudeamushütte - Hintersteinersee, © Tirol Werbung/Jens Schwarz
Eagle Walk Stage 2: Gaudeamushütte - Hintersteinersee, © Tirol Werbung/Jens Schwarz
© Stefan Leitner
© Stefan Leitner

Eagle Walk Stage 02: Gaudeamushütte - Kaindlhütte

Is it about the journey or the destination? Well, one of the destinations of this stage is definitely the Hintersteiner See lake and its views. Surrounded by stunning mountain vistas, dwarf pine scrubland and beech forests, the lake is one of the cleanest and most beautiful mountain lakes in Tirol. The private pristine gem covers 56 hectares and measures 36 metres at its deepest point. With this picture-perfect backdrop, hikers will complete the remaining distance to the Kaindlhütte hut in no time.

Interesting Facts

Eagle View ·The rugged and lofty Kaiser Mountains are named after the “Kaiserkopf” peak (“Kaiser” meaning "Emperor" in German). Legend has it that the rock shows the noble profile of a peacefully sleeping Charlemagne. The large imperial crown, formed by the spikes of Ellmauer Halt, slips from his head. The profile of the sleeping emperor can best be admired from the village of Going. However, you will still need to use your imagination a bit!

Eagle Kick · Experienced hikers with a head for heights can attempt a mountain crossing over the Scheffauer via the Widauersteig trail (helmet recommended).

Tip! There is a Black Diamond Service Station at the Gaudeamushütte, where hikers who have broken a walking pole or lost a glove can get a free replacement.

Interesting Facts Eagle View ·The rugged and lofty Kaiser Mountains are named after the “Kaiserkopf” peak…

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Finishing point


Mountain chain

Kaiser Mountains


15.1 km

Total hiking time

6 h 30 min


  • Wheelchair-accessible Hiking Route
  • Circular hike

Difficulty rating

intermediate (red mountain trails)


1,620m 1,173m

Elevation uphill 888m
Vertical metres downhill 854m

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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.


Trail description

Starting point: Gaudeamushütte

From the Gaudeamushütte hut, a steep path winds its way up 400 vertical metres to the highest-lying mountain hut in the Wilder Kaiser Mountains, the Gruttenhütte. From there, first head towards the Ellmauer Tor and then turn onto trail number 824, 813 that winds westward through scree and talus slopes and dwarf pine scrubland. Cross a dry creek bed until you reach a signed trail (“Gruttenhütte über Klamml”) that branches off. Walkers must be sure-footed and have a good head for heights to negotiate this section. The trail becomes increasingly rock-laden, slowing your pace as you clamber up and around large boulders, offering occasional views of the Gaudeamushütte hut below. Make your way around and up the rocks assisted by a fixed anchoring system of cables and a two-metre iron ladder. Follow the narrow, rocky trail bordered by towering rock faces to the right and a talus slope to the left. Traverse a debris-filled chute on your way to the entrance to the Klamml gorge. This is where your vertical adventure begins. The via ferrata with bolted handholds and footholds heads off to the right from the Gruttenkopf mountain. It is steep and requires use of hands in one short section going over a headwall. Bear left at the end of the via ferrata. From there it is a short walk to the Gruttenhütte hut. Shortly after, the trail crosses the Jubiläumssteig trail coming from the right.

Food & drink: Gruttenhütte 

From the Gruttenhütte hut (1,620m), follow the "Gruttenweg" trail (number 14a) and head southwest. At Krummbachegg, at an elevation of 1,400 metres, “Höhenweg” (literally, ‘high-altitude trail’) number 823 branches off from the Gruttenweg trail and runs westward (“Hintersteiner See”). Keep walking along the high-altitude trail, which is also called “Wilder-Kaiser-Weg“, taking you through thin mixed woods and dwarf pines south of the Treffauer mountain and right around it. Continue hiking towards “Kaiser Hochalm”. From Kaiser Hochalm (1,417m), surrounded by wide open alpine meadows, head downhill on the marked trail. Follow the signs to “Steiner Hochalm” and hike down across mixed forest along trail number 823. At the end of the forest you will reach a fork – bear right and follow the signposted trail that skirts the slope on the left-hand side and takes you up to the Steiner Hochalm. This quaint alpine hut is a great place to gather new strength over a hearty snack. On occasions there is even live harp music!

Food & drink: Steiner Hochalm

From the Steiner Hochalm hut, follow the Jägersteig trail to the Walleralm hut where you can recharge your batteries again. Behind the hut, there is a signposted trail leading to the Kaindlhütte mountain hut. It’s an easy uphill walk to the Hochegg mountain at 1,470 metres, only the last bit is a tad steeper. Enjoy the views over the Inntal valley and the Zahmer Kaiser mountain before you head down through open alpine meadows to the Steinbergalm and Kaindlhütte mountain huts.

Finishing point: Kaindlhütte

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Ihr Ziel: Eagle Walk Stage 02: Gaudeamushütte - Kaindlhütte (47.54938,12.3244)

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