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Best trails in Karwendel Nature Park

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Looking for a great trail in Karwendel Nature Park, Tyrol? AllTrails has 54 great hiking trails, mountain biking trails, trail running trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 24 moderate trails in Karwendel Nature Park ranging from 1.7 to 30.8 miles and from 1,840 to 8,005 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Karwendel Nature Park, located on the border of Bavaria and Tyrol, is Austria's largest Nature Park at 727 sq km. Known for its crystal clear rivers, high alpine meadows, and distinct rocky peaks, this park is one of Austria's most popular protected areas. The diverse landscape provides habitats for a wide range of plant and animal life, including the golden eagle. In the incredible Hall Valley, hikers can explore the salt mines and take in the panoramic views of the region. A couple of other popular options are Gleirschklamm, Seefeld, and Scharnitz. Whether you plan on visiting in the summer or winter, Karwendel Nature Park is sure to have something to offer nature lovers all year long.

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#1 - Gaisalmsteig and Mariensteig via Oberaubach
Karwendel Nature Park
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Length: 5 mi • Est. 2 h 41 m
This route runs along the Achensee, which forms the natural border between the Karwendel and Rofan mountains. Since the path runs west of the Achensee, you are still in the Karwendel Mountains. On the Marienstig it goes to the Geiselalm. Bathing places invite you to take breaks and enjoy the cool water, which is why the route is particularly suitable for warm days. The return trip to the starting point can be done by boat. Parking at the starting point is possible at the Alpen Caravan Park (fees apply).Show more
#2 - Wolfsklamm Rundweg
Karwendel Nature Park
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Length: 4.2 mi • Est. 2 h 34 m
Beautiful route through Wolfsklamm. Restaurant at St Georgenberg. Returning over Kreuzweg is not special. The route in the klamm was corrected because the GPS reception was not good.Show more
#3 - Eng, Lamsenjochhütte, Hahnenkamplspitze, Faule Eng Loop
Karwendel Nature Park
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Length: 11.8 mi • Est. 7 h 36 m
Beginning at the parking area at the Alpengasthof in the Eng (1203 meters), the trail starts on a paved walkway through part of the Ahornboden (Maple Tree Field) and the small village where there is a cheese factory and a small country store. Turn left onto the gravel road leading gently up to the first climb. Follow the signs to the Panoramaweg which will go uphill and lead past a small waterfall. The trail will then turn left into the woods. Along this route there are great views of the surrounding mountains. The Panoramaweg will eventually lead to Binsalm (1502). From there follow signs past Lamenspitze to the Lamesenjochhütte (1953 meters). Beautiful views here as well and a nice place to take a break before continuing on. Up to this point the trail could be rated easy to moderate with the level of difficulty depending upon one's physical condition to climb 750 meters. From Lamesenjochhütte one will need to backtrack about 1 kilometer to the start of the trail that leads to the peak of Hahnkampl (2080 meters). This trail is a dotted line on the hiking map which means it follows along the ridge. The trail is narrow and there are cables mounted at a few places to help with the climb. This portion is very doable but requires concentration, a steady foot and freedom of the fear of heights. However, the view from the top is worth all the effort. Continue on the dotted line trail to Gramaisattel (1834 meters). In the distance you will see three paths going along the mountainside. Take the middle one. This will lead through the valley between Bärenwandkopf and Sonnjoch. Eventually the path will end in a cow pasture. There will be no trail markings and there is no evident path to follow. However on the horizon you will see a small dip on the ridge at the end of the field. Aim for that and you will again pick up the trail, going past Bärenwandkopf and then down a scree. At one point the trail will leave the scree and enter into the woods through the Faule Eng. It is evident that not many people travel this path. There are some very narrow and steep portions that are doable, but again require concentration and a steady foot. The descent ends with a zigzag path through the woods. A small stretch of a gravel road will lead to the main road back to the Eng. Instead of going along the road, it is possible to hike through the Ahornboden/Maple Field. Go towards and then along the creek bed to the right. Eventually you will pick up a path that is not marked. This will take you to a bridge. Again you can go left to the main road or continue right on the gravel road. The gravel road will lead to another bridge to the left. This will take you back to the parking lot.Show more
#4 - Gleirschklamm
Karwendel Nature Park
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Length: 10.2 mi • Est. 5 h 30 m
A spectacular gorge and the Isar of Karwendel near Scharnitz: The Gleirsch Gorge is located in the beautiful Karwendel Alpine Park east of Scharnitz, a village about 16 km north of Innsbruck. This is a really romantic gorge and a beautiful landscape along the Isar. If you spend your vacation in Scharnitz or near Innsbruck or Garmisch-Partenkirchen and are looking for a nice and not difficult hike, you will find it here. You can also extend this route to a circular route, then you can divide it into the following sections: From Scharnitz to the Scharnitzer Alm, from the Scharnitzer Alm to the Gleirschklamm and from the Gleirschklamm back to the starting point.Show more
#5 - Falkenhütte
Karwendel Nature Park
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Length: 21.4 mi
From Hinterriß (938m) first on the road to the SO until the Laliderer Bach. There turn right through the Laliderertal direction SW moderately up to the Lalidersalm Niederleger (1526m). Note: It then gets steep under the Lalidererwand to the Spielissjoch (1773m).Show more
#6 - Goetheweg
Karwendel Nature Park
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Length: 6.5 mi • Est. 4 h 20 m
This trail follows Nordkette Ridge. It is quite strenuous and at times can be a little treacherous. Make sure you have good boots and are sure footed. If you get vertigo easily, this may not be the hike for you. The incredible views make the effort worth it!Show more
#7 - Lamsenspitze Klettersteig
Karwendel Nature Park
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Length: 7.9 mi • Est. 5 h 46 m
The Lamsenspitze via ferrata is a classic in the Karwendel. The via ferrata through the Brudertunnel leads to the Lamsenspitze. A very nice day tour in a great (Karwendel) ambience.Show more
#8 - Bettelwurfhütte via Adlerweg 222
Karwendel Nature Park
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Length: 7.3 mi • Est. 6 h
Official route of the Bettelwurflauf, a wonderful mountain run through the Karwendel Alpine Park. 6.0 km, 1,277 m ascent, average slope: 21.3% start at 800 m (Hackl), finish at 2077 m (Bettelwurfhütte). Maximum gradient 90%. The first 2.5km on asphalt, then scree and then climb. Initially (2.25km) moderate climb. Then very steep passages with an average gradient of 31%. The run is advertised as the "toughest mountain run in Tyrol" or as one of the hardest mountain runs in the Alps. A trained runner needs about 1: 05h, the fastest 55min, the slowest 1:55. Allow for the return journey from 2:00 a.m. The route is difficult to run or climb. You need your hands regularly. Dexterity, sure-footedness and daring are success factors. If you want to hike the route, you can drive up the paved road and only go the trail. From there, 2.5 hours are given as the duration. The entire route through the valley takes 3.5 hours.Show more
#9 - Lamsenspitze
Karwendel Nature Park
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Length: 11.8 mi • Est. 7 h 40 m
This popular peak is not necessarily suitable for beginners, but is all the more popular with more experienced climbers. The shapely summit offers great views and a special charm. With different route options, there is something for every level of experience.Show more
#10 - Hundskopf
Karwendel Nature Park
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Length: 2.6 mi • Est. 2 h 2 m
Short but steep trip form Hinterhornalm all the way up to Hundskopf. From the Hinterhornalm to the HundskopfShow more
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