Gullies resemble large ditches, small valleys or narrow chasms, incised into the rock by the cascading waters of thundering creeks and brooks. On this walk, you’ll 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 Parseiertal Valley on steep and exposed tussock slopes, before climbing up to Langkar Cirque and Grießlscharte Notch. Beyond Winterjöchl Col, the trail passes behind Stierkopf Mountain, and resumes its climb up Kopfscharte Notch across rugged terrain. From the notch, head south towards Ansbacher Hut on wide open tussock slopes, drinking fine views and savouring precious Alpine moments on your way.
Eagle View ·The Game of the Name: The reddish-brown rock outcrops that contain iron gave Rotspitze Peak and Rote Platte, both lying north of the trail, their names; ‘rot’ meaning red in German. In former times iron mining occurred in the area west of Winterjoch Col. For this reason, the plateau on the mountain’s west flank is called Knappenböden, literally ‘Miner’s Floors’.
Eagle Kick ·The scramble section to 2,632-metre Grießlscharte Notch climbs up across a kind of chimney and is assisted by a fixed anchoring system of cables. It’s 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 is manageable for the experienced.