Blankets of flowers, clean mountain air, wide open views and some scrambling challenges await the eager Eagle Walk hiker at Arlberg Region. Though the hike is hard, it requires no technical expertise as needed on Stage 23. You'll be in a true Alpine environment with gorgeous scenery, where rolling Alpine meadows blanket the slopes of towering mountains. Beyond Leutkircher Hut you’ll walk under jagged peaks and past prominent Valluga Mountain to Ulmer Hut, which provides a perfect rest stop for hikers. Once replete and replenished, you’re off for the final descent to St. Christoph am Arlberg. Having tackled some 320 awesome kilometres of hiking, this is where the Eagle Walk comes to an end for thru-hikers. Getting to the destination is a perfect cause for celebration!
Eagle Alpine History ·The Brotherhood of St. Christopher. In time long past, the crossing of Arlberg Pass was arduous and often terrifying, travellers not infrequently encountering great danger. The hazards of the rough road were sharpened by storms, snow and ice. Heinrich Findelkind, a shepherd in the service of the Lords of Arlen Castle, was familiar with the – sometimes deadly – perils involved in crossing the Arlberg. He thus resolved to build a lodging at the top of the pass to provide shelter and refreshment for wayfarers in 1386. It is estimated that 50 lives were saved in the first seven years the shelter was open. To build a chapel next to the hospice, as well as other buildings, Heinrich Findelkind and his assistants traversed the land to get financial support of prominent and influential persons. The Brotherhood of St. Christoph was inaugurated to safeguard to existence of the hospice. In the year 1415, the Brotherhood was supported by 2,000 members. The Reformation caused a decline in the St. Christopher Brotherhood and it was finally disbanded in the reign of Emperor Josef II in 1784, although the hospice continued to provide accommodation. In 1962, the St. Christopher Brotherhood was re-established. Today, as in Heinrich Findelkind’s day, the Brotherhood with more than 20,000 members serves its purpose with charitable works.
Eagle View ·Admire the beautiful reddish soil on the trail between Kaiserjochhaus Lodge and Leutkircher Hut. And don’t miss to turn your focus from the scenery to your feet as you'll stroll through endless fields of flowers—acres upon acres of emerald slopes burst with a dazzling display of wildflowers. But it's hard to stay focused on these brilliant floral arrangements when its jaw-dropping scenic sideshow is dominated by stunning views in all directions.
Eagle Kick ·The scramble section from Leutkircher Hut to Kapall with some exposed areas can be treacherous in snow or adverse weather conditions and intimidating to an unseasoned hiker. In many places there’s considerable exposure, but invariably in such places you will find adequate cable support. There is a gully beyond Bacheregg that can retain snow until late in the season.