Eagle Walk – Alpine Roses, Stone Pines, Nutcrackers (13)
From the Patscherkofel to Tulfes via the Stone Pine Path
Famous, popular, much-travelled and yet every time an uplifting experience! The Stone Pine Path above Innsbruck runs from the Patscherkofel mountain station as for as the Tulfeinalm (near Tulfes).'
Catch the bus from Tulfes to the Patscherkofel lift valley station in Igls and then take it easy on the gondola lift up to a height of 1,964m. A point above the Schutzhaus Patscherkofel restaurant marks the start not just of the footpath to the east but also the Alpine Club's "Patscherkofel Nature Trail" (Naturlehrpfad).
Europe's highest botanical garden, where there are more than 400 different high-alpine plants on display, is a good place for learning in situ.
The Stone Pine Path follows a wide mountain track / path to the rather remote Boscheben mountain hut. The gently undulating path − without any major height differences – runs at the tree line some 2,000m above sea level as far as the Tulfeinalm. Throughout the whole walk, there is a fine view over the floor of the Inn valley against the stunning backdrop of the Karwendel range opposite. It's easy to take the Glungezer chair lift from near the Tulfeinalm down to Tulfes.
Height difference: approx. 200m ascending, approx. 100m descending Level of difficulty: easy Walking time: approx. 2 hrs 30 mins (without use of lifts, etc.) Kilometres: 6 kilometres (without bus or cable car ride)
Starting point: Schutzhaus Patscherkofel Open from mid-May until end October Tel.: +43 (0)512 377196
In termediate point: Boscheben mountain hut Open from early June until mid-October Tel.: +43 (0)650 3792541
Destination: Tulfeinalm Open from early July until mid-September Tel.: +43 (0)5223 78153