Stage 1: Ströden - Johannishütte

This is a trail where the journey is as interesting as the destination. Enjoy cascading waterfalls, roaring creeks, towering seracs and views of glistening glaciers. Trailhead of East Tirol’s Eagle Walk Stage 1 is at Prägraten/Ströden, close to spectacular Umbal Waterfalls. Starting under a canopy of ancient larch trees, the trail begins its long and winding way up the mountain. As it breaks out of the woods, keep an eye out for marmots which can often be seen here on a sunny day. Walking past Göriach Ochsner Hut, the route continues to Essener-Rostocker Hut that provides the perfect rest stop for hikers. Follow Schwerin Trail beneath Kleiner Geiger on your way to Türml Col. Rock cairns as trail markers will show you the way to Johannis Hut, the oldest mountain refuge of the Eastern Alps. The hut dates back to 1857 and was completely refurbished in 1999. It's a little long and a little challenging getting to Johannis Hut. But the scenic rewards? Far from little-they're gigantic!

(c) Fabian Pimminger
(c) Fabian Pimminger
(c) Fabian Pimminger
Eagle view

In the realm of “Three-Thousanders”, high altitude peaks averaging 3,000 metres in elevation, behold the unveiling of some of the most stunning views you’ll ever have. From Essener-Rostocker Hut gaze at ten towering peaks topped in ice that glistens in the sun. Johannis Hut affords vistas of majestic and impressive Großvenediger Mountain that will keep you mesmerized and captivated for long.

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Eagle kick

2,844-metre Türml is a peak of Dorferkamm Ridge that is accessed within a 30 minute climb from Türml Col via a C graded Via Ferrata. The descent down the mountain’s south flank has some technical sections, assisted by a fixed anchoring system of cables, and views of Venediger Mountain that will inspire you.

Adlerweg trail. Stage 1: Ströden – Johannishütte

Route start: Parkplatz Ströden
Route end: Johannishütte
Meter up:
1430m
Route length:
13km
Time:
6:30h

Starting point is the car park in Ströden, from there after the bridge proceed along the Maurerbach up to the Stoanalm snack station at 1450 metres. On the orographic left side of the river the trail heads to the valley station for the goods cable car. Continue on a steep trail up a valley section where larch trees are growing. After some two dozen steep hairpin bends up to Göriacher Ochsnerhütte (1948 metres), continue on the path, always close to the river, via tree-lined gentle slopes into the run-up to the glacier-covered Venediger mountains and to the bridge at the upper Ochsnerhütte at Maurerbach. The powerful glacier river separates the Göriacher from the Maurer Alpe in the west. The route now proceeds in the final slope up to the Essener-Rostocker Hütte, in a moraine area of the secluded Simonykees area. After a well-deserved break continue hiking from Essener-Rostocker Hütte via Schweriner Weg. Negotiate the mountain flank via the hairpin bends and after about an hour of walking proceed along the south west slope of the Kleinen Geiger. Proceed now via the grinding marks which were left during the Ice Age and via widely scattered scree fields to Türml and its bright red rocks, at whose base is the Türmljoch (2772 metres). To the east of here a path proceeds in loops along the path through snow hollows and the rubble surface, continuing down along the eastern slope of the Dorferkamm. Around ¼ hour later you turn, over a few rivulets, heading north east. The path then turns into terrain heading south across a mountain slope, down into the village of Bach, where you get to gaze in wonder at the lovely ground rocks. Finally the route proceeds past the memorial cross and via Zettalunitzbach on the final section to the traditional and spacious Johannishütte (2121 metres).

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