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Innsbruck Land
Karwendel und Wettersteingebirge

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Hardware / sports shop
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A Tarred or paved road
B Dirt track
C Mule trail
D Mountain trail
E Equipped trail (cables, ladders)
F No trail

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R43 Falkenhütte » Scharnitz
  |   7h30   |   30 km   |   483 m   |   1360 m

The trail leads from the Falken hut over alpine meadowland down to the romantic Ladizalm pasture and the little Ahornboden plateau, where the Hermann von Barth monument stands. The great maple trees and the well invite you to linger a while, but not for too long, because it is still a long way to the Karwendelhaus lodge and down to Scharnitz.

Point Segment
Name Services Information Marking
1841 m
| C  2.2 km / 0h35
1572 m
| B  3.6 km / 0h50
Hermann v. Barth Denkmal
1399 m
| B  4.5 km / 1h30
1794 m
| B  0.8 km / 0h10
1752 m
| B  5.3 km / 1h15
1320 m
| B  4.8 km / 1h05
Larchet Alm
1170 m
| B  6.8 km / 1h35
1129 m
| B  2 km / 0h30
962 m
Detailed route description
Natural and cultural heritage
Other long-distance trails and alternative routes
Connecting route to Innsbruck: 1. From the Karwendelhaus lodge via the Birkarspitze, Hallerangerhaus lodge and Pfeis Hut (only for the experienced), 2. From Scharnitz through the Hinterautal valley to the Hallerangerhaus lodge and then the Pfeis Hut.
Useful topographic maps
  • 5/2 Karwendelgebirege Mitte und 5/1 Karwendelgebirge West ~ Oesterreichischer Alpenverein (1:25.000)
  • WK 322 Wetterstein, Karwendel, Seefeld, Leutasch, Garmisch Partenkirchen ~ Freytag&Berndt (1:50.000)
  • ÖK50 118, 117 ~ Bundesamt für Eich- und Vermessungswesen (1:50.000)
  • Nr. 26 Karwendelgebirge ~ Kompass (1:50.000)
Useful guidebooks
  • Geschichte der Gemeinde Scharnitz, Dir. Philipp Sprenger , 1976 ~ Gemeinde Scharnitz (ISBN )
  • Karwendel-Geschichte(n) ~ Alpenpark Karwendel (ISBN )
  • Österreichischer Weitwanderweg 01 "Nordalpenweg" ~ Styria (ISBN 3-222-11798-5)

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  • POPEYE GG - 2019-02-01
    Mercredi 20 juin
    Partis de Karwendelhaus (décalage dû à la fermeture pour travaux de la Falkenhütte de la R42), nous descendons d'abord par un large sentier emprunté par les VTTistes jusqu'à Scharnitz, où André nous quitte sous un soleil de plomb.
    Thierry et moi poussons jusqu'à Gasse, la montée jusqu'au Hoher Sattel fut un peu éprouvante, mais le paysage désertique du Sattelklamm en vaut la peine!
    Voir aussi mon blog "".
    A Gasse, plusieurs hébergements possibles.
    Automatic translation [Google]
    Wednesday, June 20th Starting from Karwendelhaus (due to the closing due to the closure of the Falkenhütte on the R42), we first go down a wide path taken by the mountain bikers to Scharnitz, where André leaves us under a blazing sun. Thierry and I push to Gasse, the climb to Hoher Sattel was a bit trying, but the desert landscape of Sattelklamm is worth it! See also my blog "". In Gasse, several possible accommodations.
  • SPYD - 2017-08-11
    Trés belle étape jusqu'à Angeralm. Ensuite c'est un peu long et monotone. Jolie arrivée sur Scharnitz mais avec un peu de pluie. Nous avons dormi au Frakenhof" (très bien). Par contre le diner à la pizza face à l'église était quelconque, et le lecteur de carte bleue "en panne"...
    Automatic translation [Google]
    Very nice step to Angeralm. Then it's a bit long and monotonous. Nice arrival on Scharnitz but with a little rain. We slept at the Frakenhof "(very good), but the pizza in front of the church was somehow, and the" broken down "card reader ...
  • Eva - 2017-07-21
    Spar in Scharnitz is closed. There is a small MPreis at the gasstation which has the basics. In Weidach and Leutach is a good supermarket. It's a bit of a labyrinth between the Birzkapelle and Scharnitz, perhaps easier when you're going down, but I lost the Via Alpina and ended up on a overgrown snowshoe trail.
  • Daniel - 2016-09-26
    In Scharnitz I was welcomed in Haus Seibold (nr317), behind the church. €30 B&B. The warden is a one-time hiker himself, and you can ask him anything. Important detail: you will get a soft boiled egg with breakfast!

    The tourist office is opened until 5PM, Sundays closed. Have yourself informed about the diversions caused by the building of a tunnel on the Via-Alpina track!
  • Daniel - 2016-09-26
    There is a taxi service from the Karwendel Haus to Scharnitz (plm 20km). €105, share price with other passengers. The hut warden will order the taxi for you.
  • berta - 2014-08-02
    angenehme nächtigungsmöglichkeit in scharnitz ist auch gästehaus arnspitz
    Automatic translation [Google]
    pleasant overnight stay in guesthouse scharnitz is also arnspitz
  • Robert Lemke - 2012-06-24
    hallo Bergfreunde,
    meine Partnerin und ich aus Norddeutschland waren im Juni 2012 in den Alpen: Karwendel. Wir hatten einen Standort in Scharnitz, im Gästehaus Helga, um von dort aus Tagestouren ins Karwendel zu unternehmen. Nun lese ich hier, das vom Karwendelhaus weiter nach Scharnitz noch eine Möglichkeit der Einkehr in die Lachet Alm gegeben ist. Ich weise heute darauf hin das diese Alm von der Hüttenwirtin Frau Helga Schallhart ( nicht mehr bewirtschaftet wird und die Hütte somit nicht mehr geöffnet wird.

    Robert Lemke
    Automatic translation [Google]
    hi mountain friends my partner and I were from northern Germany in June 2012 in the Alps Karwendel. We had a location in Scharnitz, guesthouse Helga to take day trips from there to the Karwendel. Now I read here that is passed on from Karwendelhaus Scharnitz still a possibility of a break in the laughs Alm. I would now suggest that this pasture by the warden Helga Schallhart ( is no longer farmed and the lodge is opened thus no longer. Sincerely Robert Lemke
  • Mountain Girl - 2012-03-29
    "Haus Helga" is a great B&B on the edge of Scharnitz, coming down from Falkenhuette. The house is marked with signage, easily spotted from the road as you're walking toward town. Helga offers clean, comfortable rooms and is a kind host.
  • Margy - 2012-02-07
    17/6/11 Very long day of hiking. Brunnerhof, across from the church in Scharnitz is a wonderful and quiet place to stay.
Last update : 2013-01-22