blumenwiese und karkopf hochwand mieminger kette bei gaistalalm
blumenwiese und karkopf hochwand mieminger kette bei gaistalalm

Hike to the mountain huts in the Gaistal valley

The Gaistal with its alpine pastures on the sunny side of the valley is located between the Mieming Range and the Wetterstein Mountains. This easy hike leads us to the Gaistalalm and Tillfussalm mountain huts.

The Gaistal valley stretches from Leutasch to the Ehrwalder Almen alpine pastures. The Leutascher Ache river flows through this valley, which is flanked by the Mieming Range in the south and the Wetterstein Mountains with the almost 3,000 m high Zugspitze in the north. A road proceeds from Leutasch to the Salzbach parking space (chargeable), the starting point of our hike.

The forest path no. 7 (signposted as “Nordalpenweg”) follows the course of the Leutascher Ache river slightly uphill towards west. After a walk of 90 minutes we reach the meadows of the Gaistalalm mountain hut and continue for another 15 minutes to the Tillfussalm mountain hut.

Both mountain huts invite to stop and enjoy the local delicacies. Instead of returning on the same trail, we recommend to take the Ganghoferweg, a path dedicated to the Bavarian poet Ludwig Ganghofer. It runs parallel to the Nordalpenweg path, slightly higher, and takes you through the forest back to the starting point.

Author: AT

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

Starting point: Gaistal valley near Leutasch, Salzbach parking space (chargeable)
Destination: Gaistalalm mountain hut, Tillfussalm mountain hut
Signposts: no. 7 (Nordalpenweg), Ganghoferweg
Distance: approx. 10 km (in total)
Walking time: approx. 3 hours (in total)
Altitude difference: approx. 240 m
Altitude level: between 1,225 and 1,400 m asl
Experienced in: August 2016

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