Toreggenkopf & Edelhütte from the Ahornbahn
Country - Austria
Region - Zillertal (Tyrol)
Author - Lou Johnson
Length - 7.0 km / 4.4 miles
Ascent - 542 metres / 1789 feet
Descent - 542 metres / 1789 feet
Time - 4.50 hours
This out and back walk follows the main path to the Edelhütte before turning south on an interesting path to reach the Toreggenkopf (2470m).
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, go straight ahead reaching the Edelhütte in about one hour.
Just before you reach the Edelhütte there is a cluster of footpath signs. Take path 519 to the Kasseler Hütte, which strikes off in a southerly direction. After contouring across the mountainside the path zigzags to reach a section protected by a cable. This is an easy ascent but is tricky when wet and descending. At the top of the cable section the path goes right to reach a col. From here walk to the right to the excellent viewpoint of the Toreggenkopf.
The return route is essentially the outward route. However you may wish to visit the viewpoint signed from the Edelhütte and then return via Oberlager to the start.
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