Eagle Walk Stage 10: Falken Hut - Karwendelhaus Lodge
You may have already dreamed of summiting more peaks during your night on Falken Hut, on foot of prominent Laliderer Wände, however, you will start your day ambling down through rolling Alpine meadows.
Beyond Ladizalm Alpine Pasture Hut, a dirt road winds down through thinning forest to Kleiner Ahornboden. It is a “smaller cousin” to the nearby fabled Großer Ahornboden and offers many of the same payoffs – including old growth sycamore maples – but is less crowded. Take some time to contemplate the serenity of nature, but, as you are here for mountaineering, your feet will quickly get used to climbing uphill again as you head northward into Lower Filztal Valley. From there, a short climb, gaining 400 metres in elevation, takes you up to Karwendelhaus Lodge.
From Falken Hut, head northward following signage to “Karwendelhaus” and stroll down on the well-maintained trail leading through Alpine meadows. Continue further downhill on a forest road and pass lovely Ladizalm and its historic Alpine pasture hut. Keep to the forest road as you stroll down through thinning forest. Having crossed the wide boulder riverbed, which is usually dry, the trail will merge with a broad forest road. This road takes you to the memorial commemorating mountaineer Hermann von Barth and to the ancient forester’s lodges situated slightly above it. Follow the forest road, passing the forester’s lodges, and continue uphill towards “Karwendelhaus”. The forest road will soon become a mere dirt road as it leads through thinning forest, and later you will be walking on a simple footpath. This path takes you gently uphill through pleasant Lower Filztal Valley, before leading further upwards into Alpine meadows, without changing direction.
After a little while the path will merge with a logging road that takes you uphill along the meadows until you reach Hochalmsattel Saddleback (elev. 1,803m) with a cross on its summit. If the weather is clear, you’ll have wonderful views of surrounding peaks, Laliderer Wände and Falken Hut below. From the saddleback, you will stroll down and turn left towards Karwendelhaus Lodge, situated at an elevation of 1,765 metres. The fine mountain lodge, with their astounding views (especially at sunset, when the Alpenglow has the surrounding peaks aflame with orange light), is a tempting place to spend the night.
The Falkenhütte in the Karwendel mountains will be completely renovated and is therefore closed from September 11, 2017 to 2019.
At a Glance
|Difficulty level:||medium difficulty / red mountain path|
|Walking time / ascent:||3.5 h|