Edelhütte circuit from the Ahornbahn
Country - Austria
Region - Zillertal (Tyrol)
Author - Lou Johnson
Length - 7.0 km / 4.4 miles
Ascent - 350 metres / 1155 feet
Descent - 350 metres / 1155 feet
Time - 4.00 hours
This circular walk visits the Edelhütte, which is located in a wonderful position on the western slops of the Ahornspitz. The route also includes a visit to the viewpoint on the flanks of Am Glatzer (2345m) to the north of the hut.
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 initially 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, bear left leaving the main path that continues straight ahead.
The path descends to a further junction. Go straight ahead here and continue passing the small alpine farm of Oberlager on your right. This path is much quieter than the main path to the Edelhütte and the area by Oberlager is a perfect place to enjoy a break. Continue on the path, which now climbs in zigzags up to the Edelhütte.
Reaching the Edelhütte, walk round the back and follow the signs to the viewpoint (time approximately 15 minutes each way). The path is clear and generally follows the contours onto the flanks of Am Glatzer. Reaching a col where the path turns sharp right and descends across a ledge, turn left and take the easy path to the viewpoint with its well placed bench. Enjoy the view and then return to the Edelhütte.
The Edelhütte occupies a beautiful position and provides excellent food. In 2007 the homemade Apfelstrudel and Goulash Soup was excellent! To return to the cable car take the wide path heading southwest. This is likely to be quite busy in good weather. The path is well maintained, fairly wide and therefore easy to follow even in mist. You soon reach the point where you left the main path earlier in the day and all that remains is for you to retrace your steps back to the cable car station.
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