© Tirol Werbung/Jens Schwarz
© Tirol Werbung/Jens Schwarz

Two Day Trek: Ginzling – Schlegeis Reservoir

This moderate to difficult two day tour takes you from Ginzling to an Alpine wonderland of pristine climbing sites set among polished granite, wide open pastures, soaring peaks, and listed Berliner Hut, which is a sight to behold. Allow yourself extra time to appreciate the natural beauty surrounding you. At Grawand Hut, stop and listen. You may be able to pick out first the sounds and then sights of a couple small waterfalls. The spectacular falls drop down from Schönbichler Kar Cirque over rocky ledges. Tucked away between Grawand Hut and Alpenrosen Hut, the canyon of Zemmbach Creek offers sweeping views. Based on length and elevation alone, day two will give the intrepid a good workout. Scramble sections with some exposed areas are assisted by a fixed anchoring system of ropes and cables. Berliner Hut, a memorial site, was set up in a wonderful landscape and offers uninterrupted panoramic views of mighty Möseler Glaciers and the lofty peaks of the Main Alpine Ridge. Soak up the pristine Alpine environment and challenge yourself for this memorable tour across the Zillertal Alps Nature Park, home to white glistening glaciers, crystal-clear brooks, and wide open Alpine pastures. Along the way, you will be drinking fine views and savouring precious Alpine moments. Watch your footing the entire way up, especially on day two, as the trail atop Schönbichler Horn is rocky; some sections have fixed ropes to safely navigate. Grus, or crumbled granite, can make for slippery conditions on trail, particularly where you’re hiking on larger granite slabs. The route requires stamina and sure footing; acrophobes will not appreciate this trail. Snow crossings also last until late in the season beneath the summit of Schönbichler Horn. As always, caution should be exercised as the trail can be blocked or made difficult to navigate by avalanche run-outs late into the season.

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Starting point  

Ginzling (985m)

Finishing point

Schlegeis Reservoir (1,800m)

Mountain chain

Zillertal Alps

Length

32.4 km

Duration

2 day(s)

Features

  • Wheelchair-accessible Hiking Route
  • Circular hike

Difficulty rating

difficult (black trails)

Altitude

3,134m 980m

Elevation uphill 2,300m
Vertical metres downhill 1,510m

Fitness level

Technique

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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.

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Trail description

Day 1: Ginzling – Berliner Hut
Elevation Gain: 1,050 meters | Hiking Time: 4¾ hours | Distance: 16 kilometers | Highest Elevation: 2,042 meters | Trail Rating: Moderate (red)

Starting at the church in Ginzling, stay on the left bank of Zemmbach Brook when you walk through the village into Zemmtal Valley. It is a gentle ascent on the old valley road that takes you along meadows and through groves. Always remember to stay on the left bank of the brook, following it downstream. Having passed Roßhag Inn, the trail merges onto the valley road. Continue without changing direction. Then, take the left fork towards Alpengasthof Breitlahner Inn right before the beginning of Schlegeis Toll Road (as an option you can catch a bus from Ginzling to Breitlahner). Here, obey the posted sign for “Berliner Hütte”. Walk across the brook and follow the dirt road towards Klausenalm Alpine Pasture Hut. There is a turnoff right before the hut where you continue on the right bank of Zemmbach Brook. From there, the trail follows an even path within wide open terrain along Zemmgrund, and you will soon reach the area of Schwemmalm. Stay on the left side of the slope and follow the steep climb to Grawand Hut, which is followed by various switchbacks leading up to the wide open Alpine pastures. As the valley narrows, take the steep singletrack trail winding up to Alpenrosen Hut and directly to the shelter (do not cross the brook towards Waxeggalm). Having passed Alpenrosen Hut, continue on the footpath to your left that takes you gently up to Berliner Hut.

Strongly Recommended: The multipurpose building in Ginzling regularly plays host to exhibitions that showcase Zillertal Nature Park and local topics. Berliner Hut is the oldest and most well-known Alpine hut in the Zillertal Alps. Built in 1879 and still maintaining most of its original material and style, Berliner Hut has some historical significance, as the only Alpine hut protected as a memorial site.

Day 2: Berliner Hut – Schlegeis Reservoir
Elevation Gain/Elevation Loss: 1,200/1,450 meters | Hiking Time: 7¾ hours | Distance: 15 kilometers | Highest Elevation: 3,134 meters | Trail Rating: Difficult (black)

Leave Berliner Hut southward, cross the small ravine of Zemmbach Brook and follow the way-marked track to “Schönbichler Horn, Furtschaglhaus” (the first part of this section takes you gently downhill). Having crossed the glacial stream that runs down Hornkees, continue to the first lateral moraine of Waxeggkees Glacier. From there, the route along the footpath has some ups and downs. Cross the brook rushing down from Waxeggkees and follow the path up to the second lateral moraine. Continue on the old path along the moraine before climbing a trail along the meadows. The next section has fixed ropes to safely navigate. Turn right and continue your ascent along the ridge, which takes you through rugged terrain with boulders and talus. Follow the wide ridge up to Schönbichlerscharte Notch, which is situated just a few meters below the summit of Schönbichler Horn. This steep section is assisted by a fixed anchoring system of cables. From the summit cross, continue in a westward direction towards the lateral moraine of Furtschaglkees Glacier and climb up to Furtschaglkar Cirque. From the cirque, it’s a gentle downhill stroll along the meadows to the southwest and you will soon reach Furtschaglhaus Lodge. Keep to the west and follow the footpath that steeply zigzags its way down to Furtschaglboden. Keep to the right bank of Schlegeisbach Brook and continue on the forest road that leads out of the valley. Not long before you reach Schlegeis Reservoir, change to the left bank of the brook along a tiny dam. Follow the broad trail along the western shore of the lake. This level trail will finally take you to the dam (in the very last section the trail turns onto a dirt road).

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Your destination address: Parkplatz Ginzling 238, Ginzling

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