© TVB Kufsteinerland/Lolin
© TVB Kufsteinerland/Lolin

Two Day Trek: Kufstein – Walchsee

This gorgeous two day hike across the Kaiser Mountain Range Nature Preserve has a charm all of its own: big views, a wonderful mountain shelter, Alpine lakes for swimming, and well-maintained trail winding through meadows and lush and verdant deciduous trees. From Stripsenjochhaus Lodge, a popular shelter among the jagged and craggy peaks of Kaiser Range, enjoy expansive views west to Guffert and Pendling Peaks and to the Bavarian Foothills of the Alps, and east over the Loferer and Leogang Steinberge Mountains. On day two, appreciate a scene little changed through the centuries as the simple buildings of Hochalm Alpine Pasture Hut have been preserved in its original state. This hike is filled with diverse delights and you will find many natural wonders along the way, from lofty rock faces and wide open Alpine pastures to meadows brimming with wildflowers. And, you might find it incomparably refreshing to cool off in lovely Walchsee See Lake at the end of your hiking day. The route gives you a good workout and requires endurance and sure footing.

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Starting point  

Kufstein (499m)

Finishing point

Walchsee (668m)

Mountain chain

Kaiser Mountains

Length

28.8 km

Duration

2 day(s)

Features

  • Wheelchair-accessible Hiking Route
  • Circular hike

Difficulty rating

intermediate (red mountain trails)

Altitude

1,610m 495m

Elevation uphill 1,850m
Vertical metres downhill 1,680m

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.

Trail description

Day 1: Kufstein – Anton-Karg-House – Stripsenjochhaus Lodge
Elevation Gain/Elevation Loss: 1,150/500 meters | Hiking Time: 5 hours | Distance: 11 kilometers | Highest Elevation: 1,577 meters | Trail Rating: Moderate (red)

From the town center of Kufstein walk to the start of Kaiser Ascent in Eichelwang, a hamlet of Ebbs (north of the base terminal of Wilder Kaiser Chair Lift in Kufstein-Sparchen). A broad footpath begins opposite to the parking area and briskly climbs the forest on steps in switchbacks (climbing a vertical distance of about 100 meters; follow signs for “Stripsenjoch” and “Stripsenjochhaus” which you'll be following for the remainder of the hike). Beyond the steps, turn onto a footpath/dirt road that is paved for a very short distance and begins with a climb, then levels off and traverses relatively level terrain, with some minor ups and downs on the northern side of the valley (north of the valley bottom). At a fork, which is not marked by a trail sign, the trail bears left and resumes its climb, passing some inns and crossing groves and open terrain. Behind Pfandlhof, turn right towards “Stripsenjochhaus” at the fork (to the left the alternative route to Antonius Chapel begins, as described below); after a level stretch through open terrain (meadows) and groves in turn, the trail crosses two tunnels and loses some altitude for a very short distance. Soon, the route resumes its climb, parallels a brook, and passes Anton-Karg-House. From there, a footpath that is well marked by trail signs, runs to Hans-Berger-House (an alternative route follows a dirt road). The footpath winds through forest in the first and begins a long and steady, strenuous climb in switchbacks and along steps and through woods at Hans-Berger-House. On the last portion of the walk, the trail ascends more gradually through wide open Alpine terrain until you reach Stripsenjochhaus Lodge.

Strongly Recommended: Anton-Karg-House, or Hinterbärenbad (literally “back bear bath”) as locals call it, is a lovely refuge that never fails to delight. The original shelter was destroyed by a fire in 1901. On initiative of Anton Karg, a Kufstein-based photographer, the new building was erected as a stone and wood structure in traditional Swiss architectural style with the ground floor in stone and the upper floors in wood.

Day 2: Stripsenjochhaus Lodge – Walchsee
Elevation Gain/Elevation Loss: 500/1,400 meters | Hiking Time: 6 hours | Distance: 17 kilometers | Highest Elevation: 1,600 meters | Trail Rating: Moderate (red)

At the material ropeway, follow signage for “Walchsee” on a trail that traverses meadows and dwarf pines above Kaisertal Valley to the northwest. The route descends a little before it begins to climb and nears a rock outcrop; beyond it the trail gently winds down through meadows to Feldalmsattel Col. From there, climb towards “Hochalm, Walchsee” and traverse a tussock slope. Soon you’ll reach Alpine pastures from where the trail meanders down to the structures of Hochalm Alpine Pasture Hut, which is located at the crest of a ditch that is open to the left and to the right. Traverse the ditch and follow signs for “Hageralm, Walchsee” on a trail that begins to climb a mountainside, soon levels off and runs northeastwards on a relatively level path (you will lose some altitude on this stretch). In this portion of the walk, the trail runs below Rosskaiser Peak (of Zahmer Kaiser Range) through flower-studded meadows, groves and dense stands of dwarf pines. At the next Alpine pasture hut, follow signs for “Heuberg” and “Hageralm” on a trail that soon resumes its climb and traverses mountainsides, steep and exposed scree and talus slopes and thick stands of dwarf pines. Some distance beyond, the trail descends a little through mixed forest and reaches the rim of the small basin where Hageralm Alpine Pasture Hut is located. Walk towards “Heuberg” and cross the basin above the Alpine pasture hut. Bear upwards at the next fork where the trail climbs rather steeply over a tussock slope to gain Heuberg Mountain (marked by trail signs). From the summit, retrace your steps and follow the sign-posted trail back to the basin where Hageralm lies. A dirt road gently meanders down in switchbacks through Alpine pastures and through groves here and there; you can short-cut the route along a footpath but don't miss the point, some 1000 meters above sea level, from where the sign-posted forest road to Lippenalm branches off to the right. Follow this road for a short distance and then turn onto a footpath that begins to climb to Lippenalm Alpine Pasture Hut (follow trail no. 52). From Lippenalm, a forest road meanders down to the parking area; continue northwards on the paved road. Then, bear left at the fork and skirt the western shore of Walchsee Lake to get to the main road in the north. Eventually, turn right and walk to the lovely village center of Walchsee where the parish church is located.

Strongly Recommended: Walchsee Lake occupies an area of approximately 100 hectares (250 acres), is of drinking water quality, and at its deepest point is 25 meters (80 feet). There is nothing like this pristine mountain lake, reaching temperatures between 20 and 24 degrees C (68 to 75 degrees F), for relief from summer's heat. You might find it incomparably refreshing to cool off in lovely Walchsee See Lake at the end of your hiking day. The lake first appeared in historical records in the year 1073.

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Your destination address: Kaiseraufstieg 19, Ebbs

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