Eagle Walk Stage O9, © Tirol Werbung/Frank Bauer
Eagle Walk Stage O9, © Tirol Werbung/Frank Bauer
Eagle Walk Stage O9, © Tirol Werbung/Frank Bauer
Eagle Walk Stage O9, © Tirol Werbung/Frank Bauer
Eagle Walk Stage O9, © Tirol Werbung/Frank Bauer
Eagle Walk Stage O9, © Tirol Werbung/Frank Bauer
Eagle Walk Stage O9, © Tirol Werbung/Frank Bauer
Eagle Walk Stage O9, © Tirol Werbung/Frank Bauer
Eagle Walk Stage O9, © Tirol Werbung/Frank Bauer
Eagle Walk Stage O9, © Tirol Werbung/Frank Bauer
Eagle Walk Stage O9: Stüdlhütte, © Grafik Zloebl
Eagle Walk Stage O9: Stüdlhütte, © Grafik Zloebl

Eagle Walk Stage O9: Stüdlhütte - Lucknerhaus

Having spent the night at Stüdlhütte Hut – the closest you will get to majestic Großglockner Peak along the Eagle Walk – the route heads southward through improbably gorgeous landscape. Gaining Pfortscharte Notch along Johann-Stüdl-Trail, stop to take in newly emerging views of Salm Hut and wave a hello to the neighbouring Austrian Province of Carinthia. Follow Luckner Trail to stately Glorer Hut at Berger Törl, from where a scenic trail ambles down through rolling Alpine meadows blanketing the valley of Bergerbach Brook. Eventually you will reach the end of the Eagle Walk at Lucknerhaus Lodge. From here, scenic Kals Glocknerstraße Road snakes down to Kals. But, getting to the destination is a cause for celebration, and the sunny lodge is a logical post for calling it a day and savouring the last spectacular views of his majesty, Großglockner Peak.

Interesting Facts

Eagle View ·In this area, where the forces of nature have conspired to create an improbably gorgeous landscape, you can try to reveal some of nature’s secrets along delightful interpretive trails, the “Geo Trail” at Luckner Trail and the “Glocknerspur – ThinkMountains” Interpretive Trail that has its trailhead at Lucknerhaus Lodge. On this last segment, look back and note majestic Großglockner rising as an elegant pyramid.

Eagle Kick ·Using plenty of fixed cable as support, the way across 2,800-metre Pfortscharte negotiates a rocky terrain of narrow ledges, shelves, little gullies, and scrambling pitches. In many places there’s considerable exposure, but invariably in such places you will find adequate cable support. There is also the danger of getting struck by lightning; it is not recommended to take this hike in rain and thunderstorm. Always check the latest weather forecast!

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Starting point  

Stüdl Hut

Finishing point

Lucknerhaus Lodge

Mountain chain

Glockner Mountains

Length

11 km

Approximate hiking time

5 h 30 min

Features

  • Wheelchair-accessible Hiking Route
  • Circular hike

Difficulty rating

difficult (black trails)

Altitude

2,830m 1,920m

Elevation uphill 450m
Vertical metres downhill 1,330m

Fitness level

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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: Stüdlhütte Hut

From Stüdl Hut, located on Fanotscharte Notch at an elevation of 2,802 metres, start off with a five minute climb northward. Then, follow signage eastward to “Pfortscharte, Salmhütte, Glorer Hütte” and eventually head south-eastward along Trail No. AV 713. This trail skirts the moraines of Ködnitzkees Glacier and intercepts the Johann-Stüdl-Trail (No. AV 702 B) above Viehböden. Well-maintained in this section, the trail winds up through tussock slopes. Cross a scree cirque and continue hiking upward. When reaching a fork in the cirque, don’t turn right to the rocks but continue uphill through the cirque, heading towards Salm Hut. The trail vigorously winds up in short switchbacks across scree and talus (yet on stable ground) onto Pfortscharte Notch. On the other side of the notch, descend along a short section on similar terrain. When you come to a fork, head south towards “Glorer Hütte” and follow Luckner Trail through undulating grassy terrain and past Upper Glatzsee Lake to Glorer Hut at Berger Törl (elev. 2,651m).

Trailside Eateries: Glorer Hut

Rolling Alpine meadows blanket the broad valley of Bergtal with moraines left over from a time when this area was covered by ice, reaching down to the hollow where Glatzbach Brook flows. Beyond Glorer Hut, the trail parallels the telpher line down to the valley, crossing streams and rivulets and traversing mountain meadows. In this area it's important to practice the principles of Leave No Trace and good wilderness etiquette so please do stick to the trail. Eventually, the trail emerges onto a dirt road that brings you down to Lucknerhaus Lodge, destination and end of the Eagle Walk in East Tirol—or, its trailhead and beginning, if you decide hiking the Eagle Walk counter-clockwise. But at the end of the walk, you will be in awe of the area no matter which way you elect to go.

Finishing point: Lucknerhaus Lodge

Tip! Write your own Eagle Hike story
Hikers who have completed this final stage of the Eagle Hike in East Tirol can put pen to paper and write their own story in the Eagle Hike Tour Book. The book can be found in the Lucknerhaus hut.

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Your destination address: Kals am Großglockner

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