Gullies resemble large ditches, small valleys or narrow chasms, carved into the rock by the cascading waters of thundering creeks and brooks. On this walk you will encounter lots of them, along with notches, crests, ridges, steep flanks and scree slopes that will keep your pace in check. The rewards are great - outstanding views, clean air and relatively few people to share the trail with - but be prepared to work for every view you get. Make your way down into the Parseiertal Valley on steep and exposed tussock slopes, before climbing up to Langkar cirque and the Grießlscharte ridge. Beyond Winterjöchl col, the trail passes behind Stierkopf mountain and resumes its climb up Kopfscharte ridge across rugged terrain. From the ridge, head south towards Ansbacher Hütte on wide open tussock slopes, drinking fine views and savouring precious alpine moments on your way.
Eagle View · The reddish-brown rock outcrops that contain iron give the Rotspitze mountain and Rote Platte rock face, both lying north of the trail, their names ("rot" meaning "red" in German). In former times, iron ore was mined in the area west of the Winterjoch col. This is why the plateau on the mountain’s west flank is called "Knappenböden", literally "Miners' Grounds".
Eagle Kick ·The scramble section to the 2,632-metre Grießlscharte ridge climbs up across a kind of chimney and is assisted by a fixed anchoring system of cables. It is steep in places, and snow may remain here well into summer. It can be treacherous in rain or adverse weather conditions and intimidating to an unseasoned hiker, but it is manageable for the experienced.
Interesting Facts Eagle View · The reddish-brown rock outcrops that contain iron give the Rotspitze mountain and Rote Platte rock face, both…