Starting point: Johannis Hut
Leaving Johannis Hut, the Eagle Walk continues along the Venediger Höhenweg trail in an easterly direction. After around an hour hikers will reach a small high valley, where they should follow the signs for "Kreuzspitz-Höhenweg". This heads first in an southerly direction towards the Scherneskopf before turning off north. It is here that a series of switchbacks begin, taking hikers up to the exposed Schernesschaft ridge at 3,040 metres above sea level. Continue along this ridge – which has a steel rope anchored into the rock for safety – towards the Sajat Hut. Those who have enough energy can climb the Kreuzspitze Peak (3,155m) with its fine views of the Großvenediger. However, be aware that there is still a relatively long section to complete from the New Sajat Hut to the day's final destination.
Trailside eateries: New Sajat Hut
You’ll walk down a steep, debris-filled chute first, before proceeding on sandy terrain on foot of Rote Säule Peak. Eventually, wander across a grassy slope to reach Sajat Hut (elev. 2,575m). Sajat Hut provides the perfect rest stop for hikers. Once replete and replenished, follow the Prägraten High Trail towards Eissee Hut. This route links Sajat Hut with Eissee Hut, without having to descend to the valley floor. Leaving Sajat Hut, aim eastward and round the southeast ridge of Vorderer Sajatkopf Peak at the so-called “window”. From there, the trail heads northward and traverses a few chutes and gullies; they are quite easy to negotiate as there is a fixed anchoring system of cables. Ascend via a steep path that is moderated with switchbacks at times. Continue walking across Inner Timmeltal Valley until you reach “Hinteres Wiesach”, where the steep grade lessens. Cross Timmelbach Creek and wander across meadows to reach quaint and lovely Eissee Hut (elev. 2,521m).
Finishing point: Eissee Hut
IMPORTANT: As an alternative to this very difficult stage, hikers can instead walk from the Johannis Hut straight over the Zopetscharte Ridge to the Eissee Hut. Walking time: approx. 4 hours, red (intermediate) trail; not an official walking path – hikers must be sure-footed