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st johann in tirol blick auf kaisergebirge wilder kaiser

Widauer fixed-rope route

The Widauer fixed-rope route is one of the easiest and shortest routes in the beautiful area of the Kaiser Mountains.

The Widauersteig is a rather short and easy route, but a head for heights and surefootedness are necessary. The route, established in 1911, starts above the 1,204 m high Brentenjoch saddle, which can be reached from Kufstein by the Kaiser Lift. From there, a 1-hour walk takes you via the Steinberg Mountain Hut and the Kaindl Mountain Hut to the access of the via ferrata.

At first, the route runs on the left of a striking rock, which has to be traversed at a channel. At the upper end there is a signpost directing you across a scree field to the top of Mt. Scheffauer (2,111 m a.s.l.), one of the westernmost peaks of the Kaiser Mountains. As an alternative to the Widauer fixed-rope route, Mt. Scheffauer can also be climbed from the south, in a very challenging hike. The view on the Inn Valley and Lake Hintersteiner is breathtaking. For the descent you can choose between the same way back or the hike downhill to Lake Hintersteiner in the municipality of Scheffau, and via the Kaindl Alpine Pasture back to the starting point (2.5 hours longer).


  • Starting point - valley: Kufstein, 499 m a.s.l.
  • Starting point - mountain: Brentenjoch saddle, 1,204 m a.s.l.
  • Mountain range: Kaiser Mountains

  • Duration: 7 hours (round tour)
  • Notice: descent via Lake Hintersteiner possible
  • Difficulty of the route: A/B

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