Eagle Walk Stage O6: Sudetendeutsche Hütte, © DAV
Eagle Walk Stage O6: Sudetendeutsche Hütte, © DAV

Eagle Walk Stage O6: Matrei in Osttirol - Sudetendeutsche Hütte

Giving you a good workout and an Achilles-aching ascent, the path climbs steeply and steadily from Matrei’s hamlet of Glanz, 1,445 metres above sea level, to Sudetendeutsche Hütte Hut, situated at the heart of Granatspitz Range at an elevation of 2,700 metres. Even for conditioned hikers this is a physically demanding trek with almost 1,300 metres of elevation gain. But the payoff for that work includes historic mountain farms at the hamlet of Glanz and a multitude of blossoms at Edelweiss Meadow, 1,900 metres above sea level. When you tire of the rainbow of wildflowers on the ground, you can look up to find breathtaking vistas of Lasörling Mountain Range around every corner. Each switchback in the trail brings more of the mighty mountains into view.

Interesting Facts

Eagle View ·A multitude of blossoms proliferate along this walk. But it's the edelweiss that dominate, transforming Edelweiss Meadow and environs into a true mountain majesty. In the area of Nussingkogel Peak you’ll might see rock crystals glistening in the sunlight.

Eagle Kick ·At one point you're directly under the towering spire of Falkenstein Mountain, hawks and golden eagles soar overhead. Look closely and you might see some Spiderman wannabes scaling its rocky walls—Falkenstein is a popular 7+ grade climbing terrain with some truly challenging areas for rock climbers at perpendicular faces rising 10 to 50 metres.

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Starting point  

Matrei in Osttirol (Glanz Car Park

Finishing point

Sudetendeutsche Hut

Mountain chain

Granatspitz Mountains

Length

8 km

Approximate hiking time

4h

Features

  • Wheelchair-accessible Hiking Route
  • Circular hike

Difficulty rating

intermediate (red mountain trails)

Altitude

2,650m 1,530m

Elevation uphill 1,250m
Vertical metres downhill 100m

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: Matrei in Osttirol

Remote and breathtakingly beautiful, getting there is quite a jaunt. Thus, this walk is best started at the car park in the hamlet of Glanz, saving you two hours of walking. Glanz is within a 20 minute drive by car from Matrei; a taxi service is operating on request. Tireless trekkers who want to walk this first section nevertheless, take the little driven back road that links Matrei to Hinterburg and the car park at Glanz. From the car park at Glanz, it’s a 1.5 to 2-hour walk to Äußere Steiner Alm, with another 2 to 2.5 hours taking you up to Sudetendeutsche Hut. The trail mainly runs across majestic old-growth stand of larches, passing privately owned Köfler Alpine Pasture Hut and crossing the access road twice in the area of Ranzeralm. Slightly above Lackner Alpine Pasture Hut a dirt road traverses Edelweiss Meadow from east to west. You can as well decide to hike the forest road from the Glanz Car Park, that also leads to Edelweiss Meadow. Beyond a ledge, the trail begins to descend through groves of larches. Crossing Steinerbach Brook will bring you to the Alpine pasture huts of Outer Steiner Alm (elev. 1,914m). From that point, it’s a  relatively flat walk through a trough heading north-eastward to the end of the valley, punctuated with tall larches.

Trailside Eateries: Steiner Alm Alpine Pasture Hut

Marvel at the array of geological diversity at your feet. Shale, slate, and schist-it rocks. At the end of the valley, a telpher line leads to Sudetendeutsche Hut. You may notice flagging and other disturbances below. They're remnants of ore mining as this region is littered with old mines, and thus this area is dubbed “Foundry”. From here, the trail runs parallel to Steinerbach Creek in the beginning, before switchbacking up steep tussock slopes that are flanked by Nussingkogel Peak to the left and Bretterwandspitze Spire to the right. As you near Sudetendeutsche Hut, the grade lessens with glacier scoured knolls surrounding this ample lodge, situated at the heart of lofty Granatspitz Range at an elevation of 2,650 metres. 

Finishing point: Sudetendeutsche Hut

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Your destination address: Kals am Großglockner

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