Kals am Großglockner – Lucknerhaus

This hike leads through varied high alpine terrain, from larch-wooded regions up to Greiwiesen pasturelands where clean mountain air and superb alpine flora await you. Hikers are rewarded with stunning vistas of Großglockner Peak, Figerhorn Summit and Kalser Tal Valley.

  • The hike across Greiwiesen pastures - a verdant alpine mat embedded in the glacier-topped mountains – ranks among the hike's most scenic experiences. Descending to Lucknerhaus you can admire the most beautiful facets of Großglockner Peak.
  • Walking through a splendid larch wood area you reach the Greiwiesen pasturelands. Leaving behind the forest breathtaking views await you, including Kalser Tal valley and eye-catching Figerhorn Summit in the north.
  • The Greiwiesen pastures are located above 2,000 meters, therefore big parts of the meadows are still hand mowed. Peace and silence in abundance amid unspoilt nature: this is a perfect place to leave behind everyday life, far away from noisy cities.
  • In close vicinity to Kalser Bach brook you find the picture-book affiliated St. George's Church in Romanesque style, featuring a pointed Gothic church tower.
  • This stage has no major difficulties but requires a good physical shape and enough stamina. It is suitable for children from 10 years. A footpath from Kals leading through Ködnitztal valley to Lucknerhaus or the toll road from Kals to Lucknerhaus are alternative access routes.
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Starting point  

Kals (1.325 m)

Finishing point

"BergeDenken" Loop Trail

Mountain Chain

Glockner Mountains


10 km

Approximate hiking time

4 h 30 min


  • Wheelchair-accessible Hiking Route
  • Circular Hike

Difficulty Rating

difficult (black trails)


2,247 m

Elevation uphill 1,000 m
Vertical descent 450 m

Trail description

From Lucknerhaus Lodge walk towards Glorer Hut along a dirt road that narrows into a singletrack trail running rather directly (yet not steep) through tussock slopes to Glorer Hut at Berger Törl. From the hut off Berger Törl continue a few meters on the singletrack trail in an easterly direction; however turn left at the first fork and cross the meadows to the north, slightly ascending. At the next fork, turn right and walk down to Leitertal Valley (ropes, yet not particularly difficult). An easy climb now takes you to Salm Hut located opposite on a rise in the north. From Salm Hut, walk down west through verdant meadows and cross the valley (traversing several watercourses). Continue upwards to the west of the valley (not towards Glorer Hut), then cross scree slopes before ascending to Pfortscharte Notch through scree and talus. The route now leads down sharply in short zigzags across similar, rugged terrain. When reaching a fork, keep right towards the foothills of the rocks, hiking out of the cirque. Continue walking out of the valley through sloping meadows (in places with fixed cables), partly dotted with rocks. At the next fork (2500m), take the lower route which soon brings you to another fork where you continue in the same direction (don’t go down on the left) across meadows to the north without considerable changes in altitude. The route now runs over to so-called Viehböden (slightly over 2500m) where you descend south (not up to Steidl Hut). Follow the winding trail along a short steep section. A gentle stroll through alpine pastures and along the brook now takes you to Lackner Hut. The dirt road leads across a terrace before you proceed on the valley floor to Lucknerhaus Lodge (after the terrace, you can alternatively take the singletrack trail on the left bank of the brook). After Pfortscharte Notch, a short section of the route follows Johann-Stüdl-Weg Trail.


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