This “Glockner Loop” segment of the Eagle Walk offers the best of Granatspitz Mountains as it skirts glaciers, summits a significant peak in the Hohe Tauern Range, drops down tussock slopes and delivers lake views, all while under the watchful gaze of the majestic snow-covered and ice-crowned Großglockner, Austria's highest mountain. From the Sudetendeutsche Hütte, the trail skirts the Gradötz glacier and ascends the 2,848-metre Gradötz peak before dropping down into the Dorfertal Valley to the Kalser Tauernhaus lodge. Once there, you can either rest for the day, or, if you are up for the extra effort, take the one-hour detour to Dorfersee lake, an aquatic gem wrapped in gorgeous scenery.
Eagle View ·Großer Muntanitz is the highest peak in the Granatspitz Mountains. Peak baggers may want to nab its pinnacle, but less adventurous souls will be perfectly content staying on the trail and watching it as it hovers above at 3,232 metres. The way-marked access from Sudetendeutsche Hütte is quite easy to negotiate in dry weather. If the weather is clear, you’ll have wonderful views of the Großglockner to the east and the Venediger Range to the west.
Eagle Kick ·Although the Eagle Walk runs below the Gradötz glacier, it can be treacherous in snow or adverse weather conditions and intimidating to an unseasoned hiker. A section of the trail crosses the steep Gradötz ridge that can retain snow until late in the season; hikers without adequate gear and experience are better off waiting until the snow has melted before tackling this section. Before heading out, be sure to check with innkeepers or local tourist information offices whether this route is accessible.