The Edelhütte from the Ahornbahn
Country - Austria
Region - Zillertal (Tyrol)
Author - Lou Johnson
Length - 6.0 km / 3.8 miles
Ascent - 310 metres / 1023 feet
Descent - 310 metres / 1023 feet
Time - 3.00 hours
This walk follows an out-and-back route to the Edelhütte which is located in a wonderful position on the western slops of the Ahornspitz.
Start & End - the top station of the Ahornbahn cable car.
Exit the top station of the Ahornbahn and bear left to following the broad path rising towards the Ahornhütte. This is likely to be quite busy, especially immediately after the arrival of a cable car, as the Edelhütte is a very popular destination for walkers of all ages and abilities.
Reaching a stone wall, turn left and follow the path to the viewpoint. This gives an excellent panorama of the Ziller Valley (Zillertal) and also a good general view of the mountains into which you are about to walk. After enjoying the view, retrace you steps and continue alongside the wall to reach an ornate gateway. Go through this gate and follow the clear path across the mountainside.
The path from here to the Edelhütte is essentially uphill but there is some loss of altitude. The path is generally well maintained and is easy to follow in poor visibility. The views to your left are good and in fine weather you soon enjoy an excellent forward prospect with the Ahornspitze rising above the Edelhütte. Reaching a junction of paths, continue straight ahead and continue to climb up to the hut.
For strong walkers the Edelhütte can be reached in under an hour and it provides a perfect place from which to enjoy the scenery and perhaps have some refreshments. In 2007 the homemade Apfelstrudel and Goulash Soup was excellent! To return to the cable car, follow the outward route. Do remember to save some energy for the last uphill section near the end.
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