Centuries-old sycamore maples at the Ahornboden in the Karwendel Mountains, © Tirol Werbung/W9 studios
Centuries-old sycamore maples at the Ahornboden in the Karwendel Mountains, © Tirol Werbung/W9 studios

Two-Day Trek: Karwendel Mountains

This two-day trek from Hinterriss to Eng takes walkers through the heart of the Karwendel Mountains and is a fabulous experience. The landscape changes from rolling meadows and mixed forest to the craggy rock faces and peaks characterisitc of this mountain range to the north of Innsbruck. Highlights along the way are the Kleiner Ahornboden and the Großer Ahornboden with their centuries-old sycamore maples. Autumn is the best time of year to visit, when the leaves shimmer in a thousand colours from orange and yellow to red and brown. Day two takes walkers to the Mahnkopf (2,094 metres) with its majestic views of the surrounding landscape. Directly opposite the summit you will see the Laliderer Wände, a series of sheer rock faces measuring 1000 metres from bottom to top. This hike requires good overall fitness and sure footing.

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Starting point  

Hinterriss

Hike to

Falkenhütte

Finishing point

Eng

Mountain chain

Karwendel Mountains

Length

24.9 km

Duration

2 day(s)

Features

  • Wheelchair-accessible Hiking Route
  • Circular hike

Difficulty rating

intermediate (red mountain trails)

Altitude

2,094m 928m

Elevation uphill 1,410m
Vertical metres downhill 1,131m

Fitness level

Technique

Best time of year

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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.

Parking

Hinterriss, car park near the entrance to the village

 

Places serving food & drink

  • Stage 1: Falkenhütte (likely to remain closed until 2020)
  • Stage 2: Rasthütte Engalm (May untl October), Alpengasthof Die Eng, Gasthof Zur Post in Hinterriss

Trail description

Stage 1: Hinterriss – Johannestal – Kleiner Ahornboden – Falkenhütte
Uphill/downhill: 966/65 vertical metres, walking time: 5 hours, distance: 14.4 kilometres, highest point: 1,848 metres, difficulty: intermediate (red)

Arriving using the hiking shuttle bus, get off in Hinterriss at the bus stop opposite the Gasthof Zur Post inn and walk for about 300 metres until you get to the car park. From there, a dirt road branches off (“Falkenhütte, Karwendelhaus”). Walk along this road for about one and a half kilometres, then turn left onto the Klammsteig trail. The route meanders through mixed forest, crosses a stream and then merges with a forest road taking you into the Johannestal Valley. Continue into the valley and bear right at the junction between two dirt roads at an elevation of 1300 metres (“Karwendelhaus, Falkenhütte”). Stroll through alpine meadows, pastures and woodlands to the Kleiner Ahornboden. Centuries-old sycamore maples dot the flat pastureland, which is of awesome natural beauty. It is here that you will also find a monument to Hermann von Barth, a mountaineering pioneer of the Karwendel Mountains. Leave the Kleiner Ahornboden and cross the wide riverbed, which is usually dry, in a south-western direction. Take the dirt road that gently winds up through thin woods to the Ladizalm hut. Continue climbing. Eventually the road turns onto a singletrack trail that ascends wide open alpine pastures on its way up to Falkenhütte hut.

Tip! If you want to add a little more challenge to this trek, take the alternative route that leaves the Ahornboden on an intermediate (red) mountain footpath. This variant is longer and thus more challenging than the normal route.

Stage 2: Falkenhütte – Mahnkopf – Falkenhütte – Hohljoch – Eng
Uphill/downhill: 430/1,066 vertical metres, walking time: 5 hours, distance: 10.5 kilometres, highest point: 2,094 metres, difficulty: intermediate (red)

The trail to the Mahnkopf mountain starts next to the Falkenhütte hut. The path circles the Ladizköpfl peak and takes you through fields of dwarf pines up onto the Ladizjöchl ridge. The route vigorously climbs the southern flank of the Mahnkopf mountain to get to its top. From the summit cross, retrace your steps and follow the trail back to the Falkenhütte hut. From the hut, walk down to the Spielissjoch ridge on a dirt road. At the ridge, the route turns onto a singletrack that traverses the "Laliderer Reisen" to the east, with many ups and downs. Eventually, the trail gently ascends the Hohljoch ridge and winds down through verdant meadows and luxuriant forest to the charming alpine hamlet of Eng. Here you will find a large car park as well as a bus stop. A short bus ride will bring you back to Hinterriss. In case you missed the afternoon or evening bus, you can also take a taxi back to Hinterriss.

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Your destination address: Risstal Landesstraße 2, Hinterriss

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