Grandiose summits near and far: Kitzbühel - St. Johann
Note!!! With the use of the “Kitzbühel Hornbahn” cable car, it is possible to shorten various sections of this tour.
Section 1 to the “Adlerhütte” (1,270m, 1¼ hour time difference)
Section 2 to the “Alpenhaus” (1,670m, 2½ hour time difference)
“Horn” summit (1,960m, 3½ hour time difference)
Also on the descent, you can use the cable car “Harschbichl” to St. Johann
(1,600m - 700m, approx. 2 hours time difference)
From Kitzbühel train station, walk approximately 500m parallel to the train tracks, in a southerly direction as far as the railway crossing, turning left up towards the “Hornbahn” cable car. Continue on the access road in the direction of “Hagstein”. At the hamlet of “Going” branch off onto a steep dirt track in the direction of “Adlerhütte, Alpenhaus”.
The route runs consistently through the forest in several uphill serpentine bends. Further on you pass some forest clearings, arriving shortly at the “Adlerhütte” (1¼ hrs from Kitzbühel) and the nearby Hornbahn’s middle station. Continue on the uphill track behind the “Adlerhütte” which soon bypasses a forest trail.
From here on, orientate yourselves on the signs for the “Kitzbühel Horn”. The trail soon crosses over a ski piste, taking the route slightly uphill below the “Wilden Hags”, over to the hilly grazing pastures of the “Trattalm”. Now, with the summit in sight infront of you, walk along the access road to the “Alpenhaus” ((1¼ hrs from the “Adlerhütte; cable car station section 2).
Continue behind it on the access road to the “Kitzbühel Horn” as far as the entrance to the “Alpenblumengarten”. Pass through it and hike upwards to the “Horngipfelhaus” (“Horn” summit house – 50 mins from the “Alpenhaus”) and to the transmission tower at the top.
On the descent along the same route, walk as far as the turnoff for St. Johann next to the distinctive viewing cross at approx. 1,900 m above sea level. At this point a very good rope-secured steep descending trail branches off. This is a spectacular section of the trail on the North-West side of the “Kitzbühel Horn”!
Further down the terrain becomes flatter and just below the “Harschbichlalm” you arrive back on a road. Now you can either walk a short stretch up to the pastures to the cable car station (approx. 1hr from the “Kitzbühel Horn”) or continue downhill in the direction of St. Johann.
Shortly after passing under the cable car, branch off to the right along the forest path in the direction of “Kröpfalm” (NOT straight ahead to St. Johann). Then take several downhill bends, still in the direction of “Kröpfalm” (later on follow the signs for “Wanderweg” – hiking path). After a few bends, you pass the uninhabited farm and slightly below, follow the signs for the “Eifersbach” waterfall.
Here a path branches off and leads into a ditch and a stream. The widening path runs at first along the ground, then off to the left. Look out for the diversion to the “Eifersbach” waterfall – a somewhat steeper path (partially with steps and a handrail) leads directly to the waterfall.
Follow the trail out of the valley, at the start over small bridges and walkways, the last few metres of which are on a forest path to the “Theresienbrunnen” (“Theresia’s Fountain”) and to the road between St. Johann and Fieberbrunn (approx. 3 hrs from the “Kitzbühel Horn”).