KAT Walk Family stage 4: Adventurous discoveries on the Kitzbüheler Horn

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  • access_time8:00 hDuration
  • arrow_right_alt21,0 kmDistance
  • terrain1983 mHighest point
  • trending_up1228 mUphill
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Tour information

Today you get to choose from a huge selection of cool activities on the mountain: Will you visit the Alpine Flower Garden with the Kids Climbing Path on the summit of the Kitzbüheler Horn? That's also the highest point on the KAT Walk! Or would you prefer the Hornpark Tree Top Adventure Park? You can also jet into the valley with fun Mountain Carts and explore the Hilscherpark Forest Playground below. All of that awaits you today – so put on your hiking boots and head up the mountain!

Stoabock route: for sporty families and children in good physical condition with endurance (can partially be shortened with the mountain railway as an option)

Oachkatzl route: minimal walking distance, maximum fun – with use of the mountain railway for leisurely hiking days

Note: from June 2022 - increased number of kilometers due to adjusted route!

Stoabock route (21 km  1,250 m uphill  1,350 m downhill  8 hours):
Today, your hike starts from Hornbahn valley station. You can decide whether you want to hike to Kitzbüheler Horn, take the cable car to the middle station or from there, let the Horngipfelbahn take you all the way up to the summit.

You will begin the tour on foot from the valley station on the access road towards Hagstein. At the farmhouse Grünberg, branch off onto a steep forest path in the direction of Gasthof Hagstein, Adlerhütte, Alpengasthaus. As always, pay attention to the yellow signs, they will show you the way!

The route leads up through the forest in several curves. Further up you will pass Alpine meadows to reach restaurant Adlerhütte and the nearby middle station of Hornbahn. Well done, you've been on the road for around two hours and you're halfway to the summit!

Behind Adlerhütte you will continue on a road that soon turns into a forest path. From here on you should always follow the signs to the Kitzbüheler Horn. You'll cross a lot of pastures and soon you'll have the striking summit of the Kitzbüheler Horn in sight. The red and white radio mast up there is a proud 102 metres high and enables reception of television and radio stations in the area.

Walking along the road you'll finally reach the Alpenhaus, from where you'll continue on your way until you arrive at the entrance of the Alpenblumengarten (Alpine Flower Garden). Here, over 400 types of alpine flowers await your discovery! Both local and "zuagroaste" (Tyrolean for immigrated, moved) specimens adorn the mountains here.

After having marvelled at the sea of flowers, you will reach your next adventure: the Kids-Kletterpfad (Kids Climbing Path). On the last stretch before reaching the summit, your skill and a head for heights are required in order to master the climbing stations and become true summiteers!

After mastering this challenge, you will reach restaurant Horngipfelhaus and the antenna at the top of the Horn. Fantastic – you are now at the highest point of the KAT Walk! Isn't the view amazing?

It's all downhill from here and you can follow the path to St. Johann in two ways: either courageously over the rope-secured Ludwig-Scheiber-Steig or over the more leisurely, but also longer, Hornrundwanderweg (Horn Circular Hiking Trail) towards Harschbichlalm.

After a good hour from the summit you will reach the mountain station of Harschbichlbahn and you can either take the cable car to your destination St. Johann, ride to the middle station (where the tree top adventure park Klettwerwald Hornpark and the Mountain Carts are located) or hike towards the valley with your own physical strength.

To do that, walk past the mountain railway to restaurant Stanglalm and from there on towards restaurant Müllneralm – always keep an eye on the yellow signs! That way you will soon reach the area around the middle station of Harschbichlbahn and thus to two other great highlights on today's tour. Here you can discover the Kletterwald Hornpark (Hornpark Tree Top Adventure Park) with its 85 elements such as slacklines, flying fox and many more. You will also have the opportunity to grab a Mountain Cart and jet into the valley to St. Johann at lightning speed – what great fun!

Alternatively, of course, Harschbichlbahn will bring you down to St. Johann in Tirol or you can hike to the stage destination.

Follow the path towards restaurant Müllneralm, from there via Bassgeiger Alm to restaurant Hirschberg and then to Hochfeldalm. Now the signs will direct you to Buchwies and through the forest to St. Johann in Tirol.

Once you have reached your destination, the Waldspielplatz Hilscherpark (Hilscherpark Forest Playground) awaits busy mountaineers and you have mastered the day with flying colours!

Oachkatzl route (3.5 km  400 m downhill  1.5 hours):
There are loads of highlights waiting for the squirrel troop today!

You'll start from Kitzbühel with the mountain railways Hornbahn 1 and then Horngipfelbahn up to Kitzbüheler Horn, the highest point of the KAT Walk. Once at the top you can admire the great view and explore this special summit by mastering the Kids-Kletterpfad (Kids Climbing Path) and enjoying the Alpenblumengarten (Alpine Flower Garden).

To get to the valley, you'll hike from the Kitzbüheler Horn on the Hornrundwanderweg (Horn Circular Hiking Trail) in the direction of St. Johann and Harschbichlalm. After about an hour you will reach the mountain station of Harschbichlbahn, which will take you downhill comfortably. Get off at the middle station to master the Kletterwald Hornpark (Hornpark Tree Top Adventure Park) with its 85 cool elements or jet into the valley at lightning speed with the exciting Mountain Carts!

Of course, you can also just take the gondola to St. Johann and explore Waldspielplatz Hilscherpark (Hilscherpark Forest Playground) near the valley station. What an adventurous day!
 

Highlights along the way:
 
• Alpenblumengarten (Alpine Flower Garden) on the summit of Kitzbüheler Horn
educational path with over 400 types of alpine flowers
 
• Kids-Kletterpfad (Kids Climbing Path) on the summit of Kitzbüheler Horn
Path secured with steel ropes and steps for summiteers
 
• Kletterwald Hornpark (Hornpark Tree Top Adventure Park)
85 elements such as slackline, flying fox and many more
 
• Mountain Cart
Fun & action for the whole family
 
• Waldspielplatz Hilscherpark (Hilscherpark Forest Playground)
Harschbichlbahn valley station

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KAT Walk Family stage 4: Adventurous discoveries on the Kitzbüheler Horn

Features

  • check medium difficulty / red mountain path
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  • Asphalt, gravel, forest path, rooted forest path, rocky, partly exposed mountain path, (medium difficulty – marked in red)
  • Comfortable clothing, sturdy mountain boots and a lot of anticipation for exciting adventures! In addition: breathable outdoor clothing, sufficient food and drinks, first aid equipment, mobile phone with full battery & charger, hiking map & guide books, possibly GPS device or load the GPS data onto the mobile phone, sun protection (sunglasses, sunscreen & hat), rain cover, cash
  • From the west via road no. B170 to Kitzbühel 

    From the north via road no. B161 to Kitzbühel
  • fee based parking lot Parkplatz Hornbahn - right at the starting point

Restaurants & infrastructure

Mountaincart

Mountaincart
Mountaincart
St. Johann in Tirol
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Harschbichlalm

Harschbichlalm
Harschbichlalm
Open todaySt. Johann in Tirol
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Stanglalm

Stanglalm
Stanglalm
Open todayOberndorf in Tirol
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Müllneralm

Müllneralm
Müllneralm
Open todayOberndorf in Tirol
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Bassgeiger Alm

Bassgeiger Alm
Bassgeiger Alm
Open todaySt. Johann in Tirol
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