darmstaedter huette
darmstaedter huette

Hike to the Darmstädter Hütte mountain hut

Easy but physically demanding hike from the Rendlbahn mountain station, passing by the Tritsch Alp and Lake Kartellspeicher, to the DAV Darmstadt-Starkenburg mountain hut at an altitude of 2,390 m.

This tour leads directly into the heart of the Verwall Mountains. It will take you a whole day to walk the 9.2 km (each direction) with its 1,100 m of difference in altitude on paths with gravel surface. The ideal starting point is the Rendlbahn mountain station. This cable car starts in the centre of St. Anton am Arlberg, but during the summer months it doesn't operate daily. From the mountain station (2,020 m a.s.l.) the path leads downward to the Moostal valley (singpost "Tritsch Alpe"). There, at 1,700m, we follow the signpost "Darmstädter Hütte" until we reach our destination.

We walk uphill through the green valley, on the path with gravel surface. We pass by the Rossfall Alp (possibility to stop for a refreshment) and reach the dam of Lake Kartellspeicher. The turquoise blue water of this artificial lake reflects the surrounding mountain peaks. From here it is still about 2.5 km to the Darmstadt Mountain Hut (Darmstädter Hütte), and the path rises more and more. After about 3.5 hours of walking we finally reach our destination and enjoy the dumplings at the hut, as well as the panorama of the valley and the surrounding mountains. Afterwards we return on the same path. It takes us almost 3 hours for the descent as well, as there is a final ascent of about 350 meters to the cable car mountain station at the end of the route. Important: Check the current timetable of the Rendlbahn Cable Car!

Author: AT

If you want to do this hike, please take information about the weather and the current conditions of the trail on site!

Starting point: Rendlbahn mountain station (St. Anton am Arlberg)
Destination: Darmstadt Mountain Hut
Signposts: Darmstädter Hütte, no. 513
Distance: approx. 9.2 km (each direction)
Walking time: approx. 3.5 hours (ascent), 3 hours (descent)
Altitude difference: approx. 735 m (ascent), 370 m (descent)
Altitude level: between 1,690 and 2,390 m a.s.l.
Experienced in: June 2019

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