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Lucknerhaus loop trail

Hiking through unspoilt landscapes formed and transformed by mighty glaciers and the eternal ice. Nature has already found its own way: alpine meadows in full bloom and mountain flowers have conquered the area! Along the entire route you can enjoy picture-book vistas of Großglockner Peak, the Dolomites and Sonnblick Summit.

  • Steep mountainsides and lofty ridges are surrounding gorgeous Leitertal Valley. The rear end of the valley, at the height of Salmhütte, reminds of a primeval landscape due to its rushing glacier brooks and glacial polish areas.
  • Mighty Großglockner Peak accompanies you all day long. What's more, Glorer Hütte offers superb panoramic views of South Tyrol's Dolomites and Sonnblick Summit located opposite.
  • Glaciers, glacier brooks and sandy sediments, alpine flowers, mountain meadows and high altitude pasturelands provide hikers with loads of pleasant moments on this tour. Whistling marmots add to a really unforgettable day in the mountains.
  • Prince-bishop Salm-Reifferscheid, who organized the first Großglockner expeditions, built the Salmhütte refuge hut at 2,644 meters above sea level in 1799 – it was the first refuge hut in the Eastern Alps.
  • Surefootedness and a good head for heights are absolutely required for this tour which is suitable for children from 12 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, Lucknerhaus Lodge (1.918 m)

Finishing point

Lucknerhaus Lodge (1.918 m)

Mountain chain

Schober Mountains


11 km

Approximate hiking time

5 h 15 min


  • Wheelchair-accessible Hiking Route
  • Circular hike

Difficulty rating

intermediate (red mountain trails)


2,642m 1,910m

Elevation uphill 750m
Vertical metres downhill 750m

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


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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Your destination address: Kals am Großglockner

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