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Majestic hiking along the Eagle Walk — Great Walks

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Majestic hiking along the Eagle Walk — Great Walks

Hiking Collection by Tirol

22-51

days

3-6 h

/ day

237 mi

74,000 ft

71,675 ft

Incredible mountain panoramas, picturesque mountain lakes, cool waterfalls and more peaks than you can count – this is what you will find on the king of the Tyrolean long-distance hiking trails, the Eagle Way in North Tyrol. The trail gets its name from its shape as the route outline resembles an eagle gliding through the air. It takes you from east to west through the entire Tyrol region on its wings, showcasing idyllic alpine landscapes and dizzying mountains along the way.

Covering around 260 miles (420 kilometers), this long-distance trail is divided into two routes: the Eagle Way in North Tyrol and its ‘little brother’ in East Tyrol. In this Collection, we have prepared the 200 mile (320 kilometer) North Tyrolean long-distance hiking trail for you, along which you can enjoy the unique contrast between wild mountain scenery and urban life.

Six magnificent mountain ranges await you on the Eagle Way: the Kaiser Mountains, the Brandenberg Alps, the Karwendel Mountains, the Tuxer Alps, the Wetterstein Mountains and the Lechtal Alps. As some of the stages are quite demanding, you must be surefooted and have a head for heights to take on this adventure. Ideally, you are already an experienced alpinist. Come prepared, and you will be rewarded with breathtaking alpine panoramas and wonderful views with marmots and ibexes on the rocky slopes.

Almost every stage starts and ends at a cozy, panoramic mountain hut or village with several accommodation options. As some huts have limited space, we recommend you book well in advance.

If you enjoy collecting stamps and badges, the Eagle Way is the right place for you. Along the way, you will always find stamps at huts, mountain pastures and inns. Depending on how many stages you have walked through, you can pick up a bronze, silver or gold eagle pin as well as an Eagle Way certificate.

You can reach the starting point in St. Johann in Tirol easily by train. From the endpoint in St. Christoph am Arlberg a bus will take you to the nearest long-distance train station in St. Anton.

As there is often a lot of snow at higher altitudes until early summer, mid-June to the end of September is the best period for your adventure.

If you are limited on time or simply feel like hiking the shorter but equally exciting Great Walk of the Eagle Path through East Tyrol, you will find everything you need for your East Tyrolean adventure in this Collection: komoot.de/collection/899218

The Eagle Way is one of the six most beautiful long-distance hiking trails in Tyrol, the so-called ‘Great Walks’. All routes promise you three things: escape from your everyday, beautiful alpine landscapes and real adventure. As well as the Eagle Way, the Tyrolean hiking trail elites include the Berlin High Trail, Lechtal High Trail, the Stubai High Trail and the Inntal High Trail.


Hiking in the Zillertal Alps on the Berlin High Trail:
komoot.de/collection/904825
Following eagle wings on the Eagle Way East Tyrol:
komoot.de/collection/899218
High altitude air on the Stubai High Trail:
komoot.de/collection/904824
Between borders on the Karnisch High Trail:
komoot.de/collection/904828
The Inntal High Trail:
komoot.de/collection/904827
Hut-Hopping on the Lechtal High Trail:
komoot.de/collection/904826

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Tours & Highlights

  • Difficult
    05:08
    8.15 mi
    1.6 mph
    2,950 ft
    975 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The first stage of the Eagle Walk takes you to dizzying heights and majestic views. Your way on the wings of the eagle starts at the traditional Gasthof Rummlerhof in …

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  • Difficult
    05:31
    8.99 mi
    1.6 mph
    1,725 ft
    2,850 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    The second stage leads you over the narrow Klamml rock path even deeper into the Kaiser Mountains and to the highest mountain hut, the Grutten hut. Surefootedness and a head for heights are essential in this section. On the following long descent, which offers you the most beautiful views of the Hohe Tauern and Kitzbüheler Alps, you can already see the turquoise Hintersteiner See shining beneath you.

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  • Difficult
    05:25
    9.26 mi
    1.7 mph
    2,225 ft
    3,650 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Stage three of the Eagle Walk begins gently until you reach the managed Walleralm. Right next door is the Stöfflhütte with home-brewed beer and a delicious Kaiserschmarrn. A challenging climb …

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  • Difficult
    07:19
    10.7 mi
    1.5 mph
    4,350 ft
    1,575 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    This stage rewards your ascent into the wonderful mountains several times with unique views. You leave the tranquil Kufstein behind you and follow the rail tracks below you for a while before the path meanders up the mountain slope. At the high-altitude Almgasthof Höhlenstein, you can take a breather on the sunny terrace, because then it's an exciting narrow path to the Köglhörndl and Hundsalmjoch panoramic mountains. Here you can also immortalize yourself in the summit book.

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  • Difficult
    06:56
    10.6 mi
    1.5 mph
    2,575 ft
    4,725 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Your sure-footedness and a head for heights are required again today. After a short climb you will already reach the first summit of the day, the Ascherjöchl. From now on …

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  • Difficult
    05:17
    9.58 mi
    1.8 mph
    2,975 ft
    1,850 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    Crystal-clear, rushing streams are your constant companion on this stage. After you have left your quarters in Pinegg, you cross the cool Brandenberger and Steinberger Ache. A leisurely climb takes you halfway to the highest point of your stage, the Wimmerjoch. Here you can take a break on the green alpine meadows and enjoy the beautiful view of the surrounding mountains. Now you follow small village and forest roads to the idyllic Steinberg.

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  • Difficult
    07:21
    10.7 mi
    1.5 mph
    4,450 ft
    1,850 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    Today you dive deep into the Rofan Mountains. You hike for the first few kilometers over gentle meadow slopes on the long-distance hiking trail E4. Mighty rock formations and cliffs …

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  • Difficult
    07:51
    13.3 mi
    1.7 mph
    3,425 ft
    2,975 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    Spectacular views and several hearty inns and snack stations are waiting for you in this section. If you have stayed in the Erfurter Hütte, you start with a descent with …

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  • Difficult
    04:33
    7.61 mi
    1.7 mph
    2,350 ft
    2,700 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    On your ninth stage on the Eagle Walk, rugged, impressive rock faces accompany you on both sides. Today it won't be as steep as in the previous sections. You gently …

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  • Intermediate
    03:13
    5.47 mi
    1.7 mph
    1,375 ft
    1,525 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Even on the tenth stage you stay in the wonderful Karwendel Nature Park and follow an old cart path through the valley. Flowering alpine meadows make the Alpine panorama even …

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  • Difficult
    08:22
    9.82 mi
    1.2 mph
    4,725 ft
    4,850 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    Today you can expect many meters of altitude - both up and down. On the way up to the highest elevation in the Karwendel Mountains, the Birkkarspitze with 2,749 meters, you need good physical condition and a head for heights. Before you go up to the highest peak, you cross the scree field-rich hose car and a snow field. If the weather changes, you will find a small emergency hut below the Birkkarspitze.

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  • Difficult
    07:53
    12.2 mi
    1.5 mph
    3,025 ft
    7,025 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    The city is calling, because today you are reaching the state capital of Tyrol - Innsbruck. After leaving the Hallerangerhaus, the Adlerweg at the foot of the Großer Lafatscher leads …

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  • Difficult
    11:35
    24.5 mi
    2.1 mph
    6,475 ft
    6,475 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    With the 13th stage you will get to know the "tail" of the eagle. For a relaxed day tour, get on the bus or tram to Igls and take the …

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  • Intermediate
    02:46
    4.31 mi
    1.6 mph
    2,800 ft
    0 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    You can sleep in today because your day's stage is refreshingly short. With the Karwendelbahn or Mittenwaldbahn you leave Innsbruck's city bustle behind and start your return to the mountains …

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  • Difficult
    07:42
    12.8 mi
    1.7 mph
    2,750 ft
    4,850 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    After the relaxed day before, you get a little more thrill today. Your day begins with an ascent to the Eppzirler Scharte. Sure-footedness is an absolute requirement here. From here …

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  • Difficult
    06:36
    14.2 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,750 ft
    2,225 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    More distance, but less altitude difference. Along the crystal-clear Leutascher Ache you reach the picturesque Gaisbach valley. On the Ganghofer Weg you can enjoy the unique mountain idyll. The choice …

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  • Difficult
    09:29
    13.7 mi
    1.4 mph
    6,450 ft
    3,200 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    Today you can make up your mind again - leisurely hike up the Grubigsteinbahn cable car to the summit house at 2,050 meters or give it your all and master …

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  • Difficult
    07:29
    10.1 mi
    1.3 mph
    3,675 ft
    3,625 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    This stage will be a challenge for your muscles and your resistance to pedaling. After you have left the beautiful Lorea hut, the path climbs steeply. You cross the Loreascharte …

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  • Difficult
    05:02
    7.68 mi
    1.5 mph
    2,300 ft
    2,650 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The 19th stage is characterized by a few kilometers and a comparatively few meters in altitude. If you start from the ground, your daily walk to Hanauer Hütte will be …

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  • Difficult
    06:36
    7.00 mi
    1.1 mph
    3,550 ft
    2,625 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    Rocks, stones, gravel and rubble characterize this stage. On the less traveled route, you climb up to the Eastern Dremelscharte. To make the ascent easier for you, steel ropes are available in the narrow gorge. Again and again you will discover the turquoise-blue mountain lakes in the gray of the stone masses, which glisten in the sun and invite you to take a cool bath. The Steinseehütte is ideal for a breather on the promising sun terrace.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    24
  • Distance
    237 mi
  • Duration
    153:14 h
  • Elevation
    74,000 ft71,675 ft

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