This wonderful two day trek of moderate difficulty takes you right to the heart of gorgeous Karwendel Mountain Range, where eagles soar above perpendicular rock formations. Gently ascending trails meander through conifers and deciduous trees and, having crossed a brook, into scenic Johannestal Valley. The trail provides you with an opportunity to cross amazing Alpine pastures brimming with brilliant wildflowers, to steep climbs through old-growth pine with a thick understory of dwarf pines and to experience absolute solitude. Ahornboden is an excellent place for quiet contemplation and discovery, where wind whistles through centuries-old sycamore maples. It's worth doing the hike in the fall to experience the leaves in different hues. The Hermann von Barth Memorial is the cultural highlight of this tour. Hermann von Barth, mountaineering pioneer of Karwendel Mountains, conquered 88 summits in the summer of 1870, twelve of which were first ascents. On day two, there are uninterrupted panoramic views of the surrounding ranges and valleys from the pinnacle of Mahnkopf. Right opposite you will spot Laliderer Wände, the highest perpendicular rock walls in the Eastern Alps that tower 1000 meters from the valley floor. Enjoy the stunning views and discover the historic Alpine Lodge on your way to Falken Hut. Take some quiet time listening to nature and absorbing the wonderful scenery. This wonderful two day trek presents relatively little in the way of technical challenges but you’ll need endurance and sure footing.
- Wheelchair-accessible Hiking Route
- Circular hike
intermediate (red mountain trails)
Elevation uphill 1,410m
Vertical metres downhill 1,131m
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.
Day 1: Hinterriss – Johannestal Valley – Kleiner Ahornboden – Falken Hut
Elevation Gain/Elevation Loss: 950/50 meters | Hiking Time: 5 hours | Distance: 14 kilometers | Highest Elevation: 1,848 meters
Arriving by Hiker’s Shuttle Bus, get off in Hinterriss at the bus stop opposite “Zur Post” Inn and walk for about 300 meters until you get to the car park, from where a dirt road branches off (“Falkenhütte, Karwendelhaus”). Walk along this road for about one and a half kilometers, and then turn left onto Klammsteig Trail. The route meanders through mixed forest and merges with a forest road after having crossed a brook; this road will take you into Johannestal Valley. Bear right when a road junction is reached at an elevation of 1300 meters (“Karwendelhaus, Falkenhütte”) and stroll through Alpine meadows, pastures and woodlands to Kleiner Ahornboden. Centuries-old sycamore maples dot this even pasture, which is of awesome natural beauty. Here you will also find the Hermann-von-Barth-Memorial, commemorating Hermann von Barth, mountaineering pioneer of Karwendel Mountains. Leave Kleiner Ahornboden and cross the wide boulder riverbed, which is usually dry, in a south-western direction and take the dirt road that gently winds up through scrappy woods to Ladizalm Alpine Pasture Hut with its historic Alpine Lodge. Continue climbing; eventually the road turns onto a singletrack that ascends wide open Alpine pastures on its way up to Falken Hut.
Strongly Recommended: If you want to add a little more challenge to this trek, take the alternative route that leaves Ahornboden on a red-marked mountain footpath. This variant is longer and thus more challenging than the normal route.
Day 2: Falken Hut – Mahnkopf Peak – Falken Hut – Hohljoch Col – Eng-Hinterriss (by bus)
Elevation Gain/Elevation Loss: 400/1,050 meters | Hiking Time: 4¾ hours | Distance: 10.5 kilometers | Highest Elevation: 2,094 meters
The trail to Mahnkopf Peak departs next to Falken Hut. The path circles Ladizköpfl Peak and takes you through fields of dwarf pines atop Ladizjöchl Col. The route vigorously climbs the southern flank of Mahnkopf Peak to get to its top. From the summit cross, retrace your steps and follow the trail back to Falken Hut. From the hut, walk down to Spielissjoch Saddleback on a dirt road. At the saddleback, the route turns onto a singletrack that traverses Laliderer Reisen to the east, with many ups and downs. Eventually, the trail gently ascends Hohljoch Col and winds down through verdant meadows and luxuriant forest to the Alpine Pasture Village of Eng. There’s an ample car park where you as well will find the bus stop. A short bus ride will bring you back to Hinterriss. Just in case you missed the afternoon bus, you can also ride a taxi back to Hinterriss.