Stage 9: Stüdlhütte - Lucknerhaus

Having spent the night at Stüdlhütte Hut – the closest you will get to majestic Großglockner Peak along the Eagle Walk – the route heads southward through improbably gorgeous landscape. Gaining Pfortscharte Notch along Johann-Stüdl-Trail, stop to take in newly emerging views of Salm Hut and wave a hello to the neighbouring Austrian Province of Carinthia. Follow Luckner Trail to stately Glorer Hut at Berger Törl, from where a scenic trail ambles down through rolling Alpine meadows blanketing the valley of Bergerbach Brook. Eventually you will reach the end of the Eagle Walk at Lucknerhaus Lodge. From here, scenic Kals Glocknerstraße Road snakes down to Kals. But, getting to the destination is a cause for celebration, and the sunny lodge is a logical post for calling it a day and savouring the last spectacular views of his majesty, Großglockner Peak.

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

In this area, where the forces of nature have conspired to create an improbably gorgeous landscape, you can try to reveal some of nature’s secrets along delightful interpretive trails, the “Geo Trail” at Luckner Trail and the “Glocknerspur – ThinkMountains” Interpretive Trail that has its trailhead at Lucknerhaus Lodge. On this last segment, look back and note majestic Großglockner rising as an elegant pyramid.

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Using plenty of fixed cable as support, the way across 2,800-metre Pfortscharte negotiates a rocky terrain of narrow ledges, shelves, little gullies, and scrambling pitches. In many places there’s considerable exposure, but invariably in such places you will find adequate cable support. There is also the danger of getting struck by lightning; it is not recommended to take this hike in rain and thunderstorm. Always check the latest weather forecast!

Adlerweg trail. Stage 9: Stüdlhütte – Lucknerhaus

Route start: Stüdlhütte
Route end: Lucknerhaus
Meter up:
450m
Route length:
11km
Time:
5:30h

From Stüdlhütte on the Fanotscharte (2802 metres) climb in a northerly direction for five minutes, then bear east at the route signposts for Pfortscharte, Salmhütte, Glorer Hütte, heading south, south-east via route AV 713. This proceeds directly beneath the moraine fields of the Ködnitzkees and way above the so-called ‘Viehböden’ meet the Johann-Stüdl trail (AV 702 B). This initially well-developed trail now heads up through pasture slopes, which are then rope-secured up to the top. Now into the rubble-strewn corrie, continuing up through the corrie. At the fork in the path in the corrie do not bear right at the rocks, but continue heading for Salmhütte up through the corrie. The path in this section proceeds in short serpentines through rubble and scree, but the subsurface is good. The route proceeds steeply up to the Pfortscharte. On the other side there is short section in similar terrain heading down, at the fork in the path keep to the signposts for „Glorer Hütte“. From here proceed on the Luckner Weg heading south, on lush, wavy mountain meadows past Obere Glatzsee and after a while you will get to Glorer Hütte at Berger Törl (2651 metres). In the wide mountain valley, which stands out with its pasture slopes, there are terminal moraines, evidence of earlier glacier activity, which reach the trough and the Glatzbach. After Glorer Hütte the route proceeds parallel to the goods cable car on part of the earthy path and via few smaller streams into the valley down between mountain pastures, where to preserve the natural surroundings you have to keep to the path. The path then finally meets a wide trail which proceeds to the Lucknerhaus, the destination for this stage and the end of the Adlerweg trail in East Tirol! Or a lovely starting point, if you tackle the route from this way.

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