The easy/intermediate Zirbenweg Trail is a classic among the high-alpine hikes in Tirol. It provides a quick route to amazing panoramas of Inntal Valley below and offers great views of 400 craggy peaks of the Alps, including many in the Karwendel Mountains. Rolling along high above Tirol’s capital Innsbruck and Hall in Tirol, this trail is lined by Europe’s largest and oldest stone pine populations (“Zirbe” in German, giving the trail its name); some of these trees are several hundred years old. The Ampass Basin is home to what is considered the oldest tree of Tirol, a more than 700-year-old stone pine. Though much of the trail is under the old pine forest canopy, there are enough breaks and clearings to keep mountains and valleys frequently in view. From May onwards visitors can also look forward to seeing numerous alpine roses lining the trail.
Approximate hiking time
2 h 30 min
- Wheelchair-accessible Hiking Route
- Circular Hike
intermediate (red mountain trails)
Elevation uphill 190 m
Vertical metres downhill 90 m
Best time of year
* 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.
Car park at the bottom of the Patscherkofelbahn cable car in Igls
Huts serving food
- Schutzhaus Patscherkofel (open almost all year round)
- Alpengasthof Boscheben (early June until mid-October)
- Tulfeinalm (late May until late October; December until Easter)
In Igls take the Patscherkofelbahn up to 1964 metres above sea level. Follow the signs for "Zirbenweg" (trail 350) leading up above the stone mountain refuge along a wide path heading east to the somewhat hidden Boscheben Hütte hut at 2035m. Most of the trail is flat and stays at around 2000 metres above sea level. At the end of the hike the route leads downhill to the Tulfeinalm, then up to the Halsmarterlift. The final downhill section is with the Glungezerbahn I+II back down to Tulfes, where hikers can take a bus to Igls.
Tip! The Zirbenweg Trail can also be walked in the other direction. Take the Glungezerbahn cable car from Tulfes up onto the mountain and the Patscherkofelbahn cable car back down to Igls, where there is a bus taking hikers back to the starting point in Tulfes.