Walking - Seefeld to the Eppzirleralm

Description: Eppzirleralm
Location: Seefeld-Scharnitz area
Time: 4-4½ hours
Difficulty: Medium

The walk to the Eppzirleralm is a long but rewarding day. The hut is nestled in its isolated meadows at the foot of the rock walls of the Karwendel range. There are various difficult and easy ways to the hut - our route takes a medium variation over the Ankerschlag.

Start from the car park at the bottom of the Rosshütte mountain railway and head north along path 6 (the Hirnweg). After about 30 minutes the controversial "Play Castle" (a mock-medieval castle built as a mountain amusement park) comes into view. From the car park, path 70 leads steadily upwards. The climb steepens in places before opening out after about 45 minutes onto an eroded scree area. Care should be taken picking one's way across the scree slopes and stream crossings.

The Eppzirl valley near Seefeld

After about 2 hours the path joins route 70 near the Schlagkopf with beautiful views across to the Gaistal and Wetterstein range above Leutasch.

Path 73 leads down the ridge in a southerly direction through woods to join the main valley path in about 30 minutes and, from the junction, it is about one hour's walk to the Eppzirleralm. Routes lead from here up onto the ridges above but ours returns down the valley.

The Eppzirleralm mountain hut near Seefeld

The route steepens from the relatively flat meadow paths into a mini-gorge before the exit at the hamlet of Giessenbach on the road from Seefeld to Scharnitz (1½ hours from the Eppzirleralm). From here it is possible to take the train or bus in either direction - the train station is a request stop.