Eagle Walk Stage 24: Kaiserjochhaus - St. Christoph am Arlberg

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!

Interesting Facts

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.

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Starting point  

Kaiserjochhaus Lodge

Finishing point

St. Anton am Arlberg

Mountain chain

Lechtal Alps


17.5 km

Approximate hiking time



  • Wheelchair-accessible Hiking Route
  • Circular hike

Difficulty rating

difficult (black trails)


2,550m 1,790m

Elevation uphill 950m
Vertical metres downhill 1,450m

Fitness level


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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.


Description for the Trail

Starting point: Kaiserjochhaus

Make your way from Kaiserjochhaus Lodge on a singletrack trail that heads westward to climb a grass-grown peak; many sections are assisted by a fixed anchoring system of cables. Proceed ahead into a basin with lush green meadows. From there, the trail traverses tussock slopes and climbs up to the saddle between Schindlekopf Mountain and Bergleskopf Mountain. Descend from the saddle in another green basin and continue westward through a world of wide open meadows and pastures, named “Geißwasen”. At the end of Geißwasen, walk across a hilltop and descend to Leutkircher Hut, situated at the eastern edge of wide open and rugged Almajur Col (elev. 2,251m). Up to this point, the track is very loamy.

Trailside Eateries: Leutkircher Hut, Ulmer Hut

From Leutkircher Hut, walk westward towards Bacheregg, gaining Almajurjoch Col on a singletrack trail. This is where the Upper and Lower High Trails branch off. The Eagle Walk follows the easier Lower High Trail to the east, taking you through steep and rugged terrain to Kapallkopf Peak with adequate cable support in places. There is a gully beyond Bacheregg that can retain snow until late in the season. Eventually, the trail switchbacks upward to the Upper High Trail, gaining 50 vertical metres before heading westward across Matun Basin, from where it resumes climbing to gain Matunjoch Col and Valfagehrjoch Col. Beyond the latter, the trail drops down to Ulmer Hut, full of potholes and dolines. Look to the west to the Swiss border to bask in the glorious views of the Rätikon Range’s peaks, Zimba, Schesaplana, Drusenfluh, Sulzfluh… Ulmer Hut provides a perfect rest stop for hikers. Once replete and replenished, bear left and walk down verdant Alpine pastures towards Galzig Mountain, crossing the Arlberg Ski Resort to reach the reservoir. The trail passes above the top terminal of Schindlergratbahn Chair Lift and joins the Panorama Trail, that takes you up to the top terminal past Galzig broadcasting station. From the top, follow Maienweg Trail across dwarf pine fields and pass Maiensee Lake to your right; cross the dirt road at the right side of the bridge and take the footpath to St. Christoph Alm. From that point, a forest road winds down to Arlberg Pass Road, which you cross to get to the Arlberg Hospice Hotel in St. Christoph, the destination end of the Eagle Walk.

Finishing point: St. Anton am Arlberg

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