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.
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.