Hike from Schmirn to the Tuxerjochhaus hut

From Ladins in the rear Schmirntal valley we hike up to the 2,338 m high Tuxer Joch ridge, which is the crossing to the Zillertal valley.

Not for no reason, the Schmirntal valley in the Tux Alps is well-known for its untouched nature. For thousands of years the path across the Tuxer Joch ridge has been used by the people, today we want to follow this route. Starting point is the village of Ladins, at the head of the Schmirntal valley. From here we follow the path to the Kasern mountain hut where it becomes a forest road and proceeds further into the valley.

After about 2 km, at approx. 1,750 m asl, we reach a signpost, which suggests two routes to come to the Tuxer Joch ridge: either straight up or via the 2,541 m high Frauenwand rockface. We choose the first option (path n° 324) and come to a steep trail, which proceeds uphill through the forest (partly also steps). We reach the timberline and enjoy a gorgeous view on the impressing surrounding alpine world. The last section proceeds through a heath and meadows, where alpine flowers and herbs are blooming.

Arrived at the top we reach the snowmaking reservoir of the skiing area in which the Hintertux Glacier is reflected. Again 1 km straight ahead and we reach the Tuxerjochhaus mountain hut at 2,313 m asl (rest point). We are rewarded by a gorgeous view on the entire surroundings of the Tux Alps and the villages in the valley. For our way back we take the same route.

Author: AT

Important: if you want to do this hike, please take information about the current conditions on site!

Starting point: Ladins, Schmirntal valley
Route: Ladins - Kasern mountain hut - snowmaking reservoir - Tuxerjochhaus mountain hut
Signpost: 324, Tuxerjochhaus
Distance: approx. 7 km (each direction)
Walking time: approx. 3 hours (ascent), 2.5 hours (descent)
Altitude difference: 790 m
Altitude level: between 1,620 and 2,335 m asl
Experienced in: August 2015
Further information: Wipptal Tourist Board, phone: + 43 5272 6270

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