© Kalser Tauernhaus
© Kalser Tauernhaus

Eagle Walk Stage O7: Sudetendeutsche Hütte - Kalser Tauernhaus

This “Glockner Loop” segment of the Eagle Walk offers the best of Granatspitz Mountains as it skirts glaciers, summits a significant notch in the Hohe Tauern Range, drops down tussock slopes and delivers lake views, all while under the watchful guise of majestic snow and ice-crowned Großglockner Peak. From Sudetendeutsche Hut, the trail skirts Gradötz Glacier and ascends 2,848-metre Gradötz Notch, before dropping down into Dorfertal Valley to Kalser Tauernhaus Lodge. Once there, you either rest and play for the day, or, if you are up for the extra effort, take the one-hour detour for Dorfersee Lake, an aquatic gem wrapped in gorgeous scenery.

Interesting Facts

Eagle View ·Großer Muntanitz is the highest peak of Granatspitz Range. 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 at 3,232 metres. The way-marked access from Sudetendeutsche Hut is quite easy to negotiate in dry weather. If the weather is clear, you’ll have wonderful views of Großglockner to the east and Venediger Range to the west.

Eagle Kick ·Although the Eagle Walk runs below 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 hillside of Gradötz Notch that can retain snow until late in the season; hikers without adequate gear and experience are better off waiting until the snow has melted down before tackling Gradötz Notch; so before heading out, be sure to check with innkeepers or local tourist information offices to make sure this route is accessible.

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Starting point  

Sudetendeutsche Hut

Finishing point

Kalser Tauernhaus Hut

Mountain chain

Glockner Mountains

Granatspitz Mountains

Length

8 km

Approximate hiking time

4h

Features

  • Wheelchair-accessible Hiking Route
  • Circular hike

Difficulty rating

intermediate (red mountain trails)

Altitude

2,820m 1,740m

Elevation uphill 300m
Vertical metres downhill 1,200m

Fitness level

Technique

Best time of year

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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: Sudetendeutsche Hütte

From Sudetendeutsche Hut, walk past the memorial cross and the tiny lake, heading uphill along grassy slopes and mossy hollows to the outlets of Gradötzkees Glacier, where you will find another tiny lake, a jewel cradled in a talus bowl, a glacial cirque created in eons past. Be sure to note the forces of glaciation. Now follow the trail as it heads upward towards Gradötzsattel Col (elev. 2,826m), before dropping down to so-called Bloipalfen (elev. 2,684m). From there, the trail descends over meadows with rocky outcrops and jagged cliffs. At an elevation of about 2,500 metres, Silesia Trail branches off to the left. If you've got time, take this nice and short detour for rocky and jagged Muntanitzschneid, offering dramatic views of the surrounding peaks. The Eagle Walk continues to the right and eventually reaches Muntanitzbach Creek, that is unbridged and difficult to negotiate even in dry periods. When the water is flowing at full volume, the crossing might require a slippery, boots off, knee-high fording. Slightly above Ochsenalm Alpine pasture, the trail rounds the spine of Muntanitzschneid. The trail is well-defined on pretty sound tread, with rugged terrain in places. After dropping down tussock slopes, the trail heads north through a grove of stone pines. At the bridge crossing Stotzbach Brook is a sign. Look for the signpost slightly below, signed 514 A. That's where the trail descends to Kalser Tauernhaus Lodge. The trail starts switch-backing downwards along Wilhelm-Ernst-Trail through stands of alders, ashes and larches, passing the National Park Lookout. Take a moment to appreciate the water of Stotzbach Brook that tumbles down over the jagged rocks and cliffs of glacial erratics, from a time when this area was covered by ice, to feed the creek below. When the trail finally pops out onto the valley floor, cross Dorferbach Creek and you’ve got just a little journey to your destination, Kalser Tauernhaus Lodge at an elevation of 1,755 metres. The lodge is situated at Inner Dorfertal Valley, slightly beneath the place where Stotzbach Brook empties into Dorferbach Creek.

Finishing point: Kalser Tauernhaus Lodge

Please Note: The area surrounding Sudetendeutsche Hut will be running a two-year livestock guardian dog project with dogs guarding sheep on open ranges (summers 2015-2016). Livestock guardian dogs are pastoral dogs bred for the purpose of protecting livestock from predators. Encounters with these dogs while running, walking, or bicycling are not dangerous, but you should know what to do if you encounter a livestock guardian dog. Don't make eye contact with the dog. If it sees you staring at it, it might see that as a threat. If the dog approaches you, keep on walking and ignore it so the dog won't think you're trying to invade his territory. Don't turn around and look back; the dog will return to its herd.

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Your destination address: Kals am Großglockner

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