Issanger und Stempeljoch-Spitze, © Reinhard Hölzl
Issanger und Stempeljoch-Spitze, © Reinhard Hölzl

Mountain Hike

The Halltal is a quiet and idyllic valley in the Karwendel Mountains near the village of Absam. After several landslides it was closed to cars in 2012. This walk takes us through the craggy mountains and rich flora of the Karwendel Nature Park. past small lakes and rushing streams over the Issjöchl ridge to Issanger. The impressive "Herrenhäuser" buildings and the numerous tunnels (some of which are still intact) indicate the lond and rich history of salt mining in the region. On the way back we recommend stopping off at the Gasthof St. Magdalena serving food and drink.

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Starting point  

Car park at start of Halltal Valley, Absam

Hike to

Issjöchl and Issanger

Finishing point

Car park at start of Halltal Valley, Absam

Mountain chain

Karwendel Mountains


13.3 km

Approximate hiking time

6 h 30 min


  • Wheelchair-accessible Hiking Route
  • Circular hike

Difficulty rating

intermediate (red mountain trails)


1,668m 778m

Elevation uphill 896m
Vertical metres downhill 896m

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.

Public transport

  • Accessible using public transport


Car park at the start of the Halltal Valley in Absam (free). From early June until late September and on weekends (in good weather) there is a shuttle service (extra fee) from the car park to St. Magdalena.


Places serving food & drink

  • Alpengasthof Walderbrücke (open all year, closed Wednesday and Thursday)
  • Alpengasthof St. Magdalena (for current opening hours see or call 0043 (0) 664 2204659)
  • Knappenhäusl (only open on weekends)


Trail description

From the car park at the start of the Halltal Valley in follow the wide former transport path in a northerly direction along the Weißenbach river. After around 2.5 kilometres, shortly after a left-hand bend, you will see a trail heading east. This is slightly uphill and leads through thick forests to St. Magdalena. Conrtinue through the forest in an easterly direction until you meet the transport path once again. Turn left here towards "Erzherzogberg". This wide trail leads along the banks of the river in an easterly direction, eventually heading uphill through a series of switchback corners to a collection of buildings known as the "Herrenhäuser". A little further on, from the second corner, you can swap the wide trail for a shorter, steeper one heading north to the Issjöchl ridge. It is here that the trail divides. The path left leads to Issanger. Take this path and, once you reach Issanger at around 1,600 metres above sea level, you will cross the wide transport path again. It is here that the journey back begins, heading in an easterly direction. There is then a trail along the banks of the Issbach stream back to the transport path. Continue from there back along the way you came to the starting point.

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