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Alpine lodge hike - 3 days on the Adlerweg trail in Tirol

Diebsöfen am Adlerweg

The Adlerweg trail route, which runs through the entire state, symbolises a proud eagle, spreading its 'wings' across the state. On these first three stages on the main route on the Adlerweg trail in Tirol you hike along the Wilder Kaiser. The Kaiser mountains are the best known and most impressive mountain massif in the Kitzbüheler Alpen. Hike on the eagle's wings!

3 stages on the Adlerweg trail in Tirol

Day Metres altitude uphill Metres altitude downhill Duration Kilometres Overnight stays
1. + 900m altitude - 450m altitude Around 5.5 hours 9km Gaudeamushütte (1263m)
2. + 500m altitude - 900m altitude Approx. 6 hours 12km Hintersteiner See (892m)
3. + 700m altitude - 1050m altitude Approx. 5.5 hours 16km
Total metres altitude: + 2150m altitude/ - 2500m altitude
Interesting facts about the tour
Timeframe: from around the end of May until mid-October
Difficulty level: Technical requirements Challenge: moderate/ Fitness level required: moderate
Map: 'Kaiser mountains' hiking map Verlag Kompass (1:50.000), € 9,95; available from the tourist information office

The alpine lodges are open from around the end of May and the tour can also be tackled in the opposite direction.

Tour outline - Day One

Starting point: Rummlerhof 780m
Finish point: Gaudeamushütte 1263m
Highest point: 1572m

The first day has a leisurely start in the town of Hinterkaiser in St. Johann. After a short walk from Gasthof Rummlerhof, heading in a westerly direction, the signposts reveal your first intermediate destination - the Schleier waterfall which is pleasing, not just because of its poetic name, but with a bit of luck, it tempts climbers to demonstrate their expertise on the cliff face to the rear. Before then you head on a path (a short section is secured with cables) to Diebsöfen. The signposted route then proceeds through a cave and up to the Schleier Waterfall - the water falls an impressive sixty metres. Now continue uphill, passing the climbing walls, to Obere Regalm and continue to the destination for this hike, the Gaudeamushütte at 1263m altitude.

Options to enjoy an overnight stay:
Gaudeamushütte - Tel.: +43 5358 2262

Tour outline - Day Two

Starting point: Gaudeamushütte 1263m
Finish point: Hintersteinersee 892m
Highest point: 1500m

Mountain lakes are often so cold that you might just prefer to dip your big toe in. However Lake Hintersteiner See, the destination for this stage, whose source emanates from Gaudeamushütte, entices you to enjoy a lovely dip. From Gaudeaumushütte there is a section to Wochenbrunner Alm first of all, continuing to Ellmau stone circle (a geomantic, energetic force field). Proceed through a lovely fir forest, to Gruttenhütte. With the Gruttenhütte in view we turn left, heading for Kaiser-Hochalm. This alpine inn built in the seventeenth century is located at some 1400m in open terrain. From here the signposted route proceeds downwards through beautiful mixed woodland. Upon leaving the forest the route splits; we follow the signposted path along the slope to Steiner Hochalm which is over three hundred years old. Continuing westwards you soon see the fifty eight hectare Lake Hintersteiner See which is fed by underground springs. Just before the lake you pass Gasthof Bärnstatt and Bärnstatt chapel.

Opportunity for an overnight stay:
Gasthof Bärnstatt - Tel.: +43 5358 8113
Café Restaurant Seestüberl - Tel.: +43 5358 8191
Unterbichlern farm - Tel.: +43 5358 8573
Pension Maier - Tel.: +43 5358 8203
Beinstingl farm - Tel.: +43 5358 8394

Tour outline - Day three

Starting point: Lake Hintersteinersee 892m
Finish point: Kufstein 499m
Highest point: 1470m

Out into the natural surroundings, from which emanate green and blue hues, the next stage heads into the little town of Kufstein on the lush River Inn: from the eastern banks of Lake Hintersteiner See follow the signposts on the paths and woodland trails to Kaindlhütte and Waller Alm. The section before Kaindlhütte you get up to 1470m on the Hochegg, the highest point of this hike. From Kaindlhütte proceed in open terrain gently downhill, continuing to Brentenjoch. Either take the alpine paths to get to Duxeralm or the forest trail to get to Aschenbrennerhaus in Kufstein.

Safety on the mountain

Safety on the mountain
Safety on the mountain

Safety on the mountain is very much a priority in the Kitzbüheler Alpen in Tirol. Information and practical check-lists can be found here. More info

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