Giving you a good workout, this wonderful trek across Mieming Range requires endurance and sure footing. But the payoff for that work includes excellent trails, glorious views, lush Alpine pastures and sparkling Alpine lakes. Under the reign of lofty Zugspitze Mountain, Germany’s highest mountain, Mieming Range will give you the ultimate in uninterrupted panoramic vistas. Highlight of this walk is the crystal clear Seebensee Lake next to Coburger Hut. Take a break, relax and savour your well-earned achievement—before you are breathtaking views in all directions.
- Wheelchair-accessible Hiking Route
- Circular hike
difficult (black trails)
Elevation uphill 2,200m
Vertical metres downhill 2,200m
Best time of year
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Day 1: Ehrwald – Seebensee Lake – Coburger Hut
Elevation Gain/Elevation Loss: 950/50 meters | Hiking Time: 3 hours | Distance: 6 kilometers | Highest Elevation: 1,917 meters
In Ehrwald, pick up the gently ascending village road and follow this for this for around 1.5 kilometers until you get to a chapel on the right hand side of the road. Take the signed (“Kuhmuhle, Coburger Hütte”) track and cross the creek. Thereafter, bear left and take the signed forest road to “Coburger Hütte, Hoher Gang”. After some 200 meters a track branches off to the right, leading to Coburger Hut. Follow the track as it climbs gently uphill through meadows and larch forest in the beginning. Eventually the track climbs vigorously and zigzags through rugged terrain in the last section (some sections are assisted by a fixed anchoring system of cables), taking you to the wide open Alpine pastures slightly above Seebensee Lake. From there, a singletrack trail descends to the lake. In wide open terrain, pass the scenic mountain lake on its eastern side on a relatively level path. Finally, the trail zigzags up to Coburger Hut in steep switchbacks.
Day 2: Coburger Hut – Grünsteinscharte Notch – Obsteig
Elevation Gain/Elevation Loss: 400/1,300 meters | Hiking Time: 4¼ hours | Distance: 10.5 kilometers | Highest Elevation: 2,272 meters
Behind Coburger Hut, the path descends a few meters to Drachensee Lake following signage for “Grünsteinscharte” and then zigzags up the mountain opposite the hut, mainly in switchbacks. Thereafter, the route runs eastwards to a rock-strewn meadow plateau and then continues towards Grünsteinscharte Notch (right hand side). As the track climbs there are glimpses across the south to the notch. Now, the trail rather gently traverses a cirque below rocks and gradually ascends to the point where you cross the mountain. Beyond this point, walk on the singletrack trail that descends down the long and slightly steep (scree) cirque of Höllreise rock slab. Stay in the cirque and continue in the same direction (here you can branch off towards Hölltörl and Stöttltörl). At the end of Höllreise rock slab, which is called “Hölle” (the German word for “hell”), the scree cirque changes into a valley in which dwarf pines (mountain pines) are predominant. From here, the path leads gently out of the valley through fields of dwarf pines. At a water catchment, the path changes onto a dirt road that takes you to Lehnberghaus Lodge within a few minutes. From here, gently descend on the dirt road, winding through woodlands and heading towards the entrance of the valley until you reach the hamlet of Arzkasten, which belongs to the village of Obsteig. At an elevation of 1400 meters, you have the option for a shortcut on the right side via an old route. Bear left before the car park in Arzkasten and keep right thereafter (“Mooswald”, “Obsteig”). Now gently descend through dense spruce forest on a broad footpath/dirt road (turn right at the first fork.) Some distance beyond, the route runs right next to a meadow into the hamlet of Mooswald. Walk through the hamlet and down to the main road in Obsteig.
Day 3: Obsteig – Marienbergjoch Col – Schachtkopf Peak – Ehrwald
Elevation Gain/Elevation Loss: 850/850 meters | Hiking Time: 6¾ hours | Distance: 16 kilometers | Highest Elevation: 1,800 meters
Retrace your steps and follow the trail back to the “Alpsteig, Marienbergalm” junction, some 300 meters behind Gasthaus Arzkasten Inn. Follow a dirt road as it climbs gently uphill and soon emerges onto a footpath that meanders above a creek into Marienbergtal Valley. Eventually, you will get to the pastures of Marienbergalm Alpine Pasture Hut. Pick up the dirt road at the hut and follow it atop Marienbergjoch Col (elev. 1,800m). Beyond the col, the route winds down over ski runs. Shortly before reaching the junction to Sunnalm Restaurant, a signed (“Schachtkopf, Jubiläumsweg”) track heads to the right. Follow the track at an elevation of 1650 meters as it undulates through a wide open cirque. As the track proceeds there are glimpses across to lofty Schachtkopf Peak. On this section of the track you will learn interesting facts about mining by means of interpretive signage. Mining has a long tradition in this area. At Schachtkopf Peak, the track starts to descend further; follow signage to “Biberwier” until you reach a game feeding area. This is where the track turns onto the Panoramic Trail, a northbound forest road that will bring you back to Ehrwald.