Eagle Walk Stage O1, © Tirol Werbung/Frank Bauer
Eagle Walk Stage O1, © Tirol Werbung/Frank Bauer
Eagle Walk Stage O1, © Tirol Werbung/Frank Bauer
Eagle Walk Stage O1, © Tirol Werbung/Frank Bauer
Eagle Walk Stage O1, © Tirol Werbung/Frank Bauer
Eagle Walk Stage O1, © Tirol Werbung/Frank Bauer
Eagle Walk Stage O1, © Tirol Werbung/Frank Bauer
Eagle Walk Stage O1, © Tirol Werbung/Frank Bauer
Eagle Walk Stage O1: Johannishütte, © Virgentaler Hütten
Eagle Walk Stage O1: Johannishütte, © Virgentaler Hütten

Eagle Walk Stage O1: Ströden - Johannis Hütte

This is a trail where the journey is as interesting as the destination. Enjoy cascading waterfalls, roaring creeks, towering seracs and views of glistening glaciers. Trailhead of East Tirol’s Eagle Walk Stage 1 is at Prägraten/Ströden, close to spectacular Umbal Waterfalls. Starting under a canopy of ancient larch trees, the trail begins its long and winding way up the mountain. As it breaks out of the woods, keep an eye out for marmots which can often be seen here on a sunny day. Walking past Göriach Ochsner Hut, the route continues to Essener-Rostocker Hut that provides the perfect rest stop for hikers. Follow Schwerin Trail beneath Kleiner Geiger on your way to Türml Col. Rock cairns as trail markers will show you the way to Johannis Hut, the oldest mountain refuge of the Eastern Alps. The hut dates back to 1857 and was completely refurbished in 1999. It's a little long and a little challenging getting to Johannis Hut. But the scenic rewards? Far from little-they're gigantic!

Interesting Facts

Eagle View ·In the realm of “Three-Thousanders”, high altitude peaks averaging 3,000 metres in elevation, behold the unveiling of some of the most stunning views you’ll ever have. From Essener-Rostocker Hut gaze at ten towering peaks topped in ice that glistens in the sun. Johannis Hut affords vistas of majestic and impressive Großvenediger Mountain that will keep you mesmerized and captivated for long.

Eagle Kick ·2,844-metre Türml is a peak of Dorferkamm Ridge that is accessed within a 30 minute climb from Türml Col via a C graded Via Ferrata. The descent down the mountain’s south flank has some technical sections, assisted by a fixed anchoring system of cables, and views of Venediger Mountain that will inspire you.

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Starting point  

Ströden

Finishing point

Johannis Hut

Mountain chain

Venediger Mountains

Length

13 km

Approximate hiking time

6 h 30 min

Features

  • Wheelchair-accessible Hiking Route
  • Circular hike

Difficulty rating

intermediate (red mountain trails)

Altitude

2,770m 1,400m

Elevation uphill 1,430m
Vertical metres downhill 730m

Fitness level

Technique

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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.

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Trail description

Starting point: Ströden

Trailhead is the car park at Ströden. Having crossed the bridge, the trail begins to work its way up to Stoanalm (elev. 1,450m), running parallel to Maurerbach Creek. A dirt road runs to the base of the telpher line, from where a steep path under a canopy of ancient larch trees begins its long and winding way up the mountain. The 20+ switchbacks up to Göriach Ochsner Hut (elev. 1,948m) entail some 500 metres of climbing. The steep grade lessens and the trail continues, still close to the creek, working its way up to the peaks of Venediger Range, all topped in ice. Cross the bridge of roaring Maurerbach Creek at Upper Ochsner Hut. The mighty creek is the divide between Göriach Alpine Pasture and Maurer Alpine Pasture to the west. Another steep section brings you up to Essener-Rostocker Hut, encircled by the lateral moraines of Simony Glacier that has retreated significantly over the last few years.

Trailside Eateries: Stoanalm Alpine Pasture Hut, Essener-Rostocker Hut

Essener-Rostocker Hut provides the perfect rest stop for hikers. From the hut, follow Schwerin Trail and continue up a couple switchbacks for an hour. The trail climbs the boulder-strewn east flank of  Kleiner Geiger Mountain on its way towards the red rocks of Türml Peak, passing glacial boulders with striations left over from the last ice age and scree and talus slopes. 2,772-metre Türml Col is situated on foot of Türml Peak. Descend to the east over snowfields and rocks across the east flank of Dorferkamm for about 15 minutes. Then, swing northeast along the crags of Aderkamm and cross a few unbridged creeks. Eventually, cut down below the crags heading south to Dorferbach Creek, where glacial boulders with striations are to be found. Cross the creek by footbridge and wander across meadows, passing a memorial cross and Zettalunitzbach Creek to reach your destination end of this walk, ample Johannis Hut (elev. 2,121m).

Finishing point: Johannis Hut

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Your destination address: Prägraten am Großvenediger

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