Filzenkogel and Point 2230 from the Ahornbahn
Country - Austria
Region - Zillertal (Tyrol)
Author - Lou Johnson
Length - 3.0 km / 1.9 miles
Ascent - 315 metres / 1040 feet
Descent - 315 metres / 1040 feet
Time - 2.00 hours
This short mountain walk presents no technical difficulties. However the route may be extended to include a full traverse of the ridge to the Toreggenkopf.
Start & End - the top station of the Ahornbahn cablecar.
Exit the top station of the Ahornbahn and bear left following the broad path rising towards the Ahornhütte. This is likely to be quite busy as it also the route to the Edelhütte. Reaching a stone wall, turn right. This leads you down a short descent to an ornate gateway. Do not go through the gate but continue alongside the wall on the narrow path.
This path climbs easily and you are soon well away from the crowds with a rapidly improving view across the valleys and mountains of the area. After the initial steep climb, the gradient eases for a while before a steeper final section up to the summit of the Filzenkogel (2227m) with its large cross marking the summit. From here it is an easy proposition to continue southeast along the ridge to the next un-named summit (2230m).
Most walkers will return the way they came. However for those experienced in mountain walking it is possible to continue along the ridge to the Toreggenkopf (2470m). This route does not follow a maintained path although in places a path is starting to become evident. It is not an easy path with the route following a switchback ridge with many ascents and descents. There is also some feeling of exposure in places. From the Toreggenkopf you can descend to the Edelhütte or continue along the ridge on the somewhat exposed and poorly maintained path to the summit of the Ahornspitz (2973m).
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