Up to the peak: Opening of the hiking season

Following the trails of the Wilder and Zahmer Kaiser mountains

Rugged rocks and well-known peaks of the Wilder Kaiser mountains

Days are getting longer, last snowfields are melting and with the first flowers sprouting out of the ground, spring is approaching. It’s time to get your mountain boots out of the basement and open the hiking season in one of the most beautiful natural regions: in Kufsteinerland. On the trail of the Wilder and Zahmer Kaiser mountains, you will discover unique hiking tours in a beautiful setting such as the trail to the Kaindlhütte.

Close to the Kaiser mountains

Wilder or Zahmer Kaiser mountain? High-altitude tour or a simple family hike? The region around the "Kaiser" mountains offers a wide range of experiences. Entertaining theme trails for the little ones, peak ascents up to more than 2,000 m for ambitious mountaineers and easy hiking tours for connoisseurs. You will certainly find your favorite hiking tour in the 700-km-long network of trails in Tyrol.

Please find a description of one of the most popular day trips: the hike to the Kaindlhütte crossing the Gamskogel.

The gateway to the Kaiser mountains

The tour starts directly at the valley station of the Kaiser chairlift in Kufstein’s district “Sparchen”. A large parking area is at your disposal about 500 m after the highway exit “Kufstein Nord”. The hike starts with a special highlight: a rare single chairlift. You will reach the mountain station approx. 25 minutes after this nostalgic ride, which is at the same time the starting point for endless hiking possibilities.

The Kaiser chairlift operates daily from 1 May to 31 October from 8:30am to 4:30pm. Cheap fares are offered for families, as well as seasonal ticket combinations with the Kufstein public outdoor swimming pool and the city bus. The transport of bicycles is permitted to the middle station Duxer Alm. Two chairs with mounted dog boxes are available for the transport of dogs. Smaller dogs can sit on your lap.

The ascent to the peak

The trail to the Kaindlhütte is perfectly marked. Follow the signposts along the forest path passing the Brentenjochalm until the Gamskogel junction. Slightly walk uphill and you will reach the peak at 1,449 m. Follow the steep track across the alpine pasture until reaching the Kaindlhütte. The rustic alpine hut is open from early May to late October and is located amidst the Wilder Kaiser nature protection area. Michael and Renate spoil you with their best snacks, sweet delights and a glass of schnapps - fantastic views included. After the break at 1,293 m, the descent begins in the direction of the Kaiser chairlift.

The Kaindlhütte at the foot of the Scheffauer mountain

Tip: Just a few minutes away you will find the Widauersteig track to the scenic Scheffauer mountain. The easy 2.5-hour via ferrata with A / B difficulty rate is popular with beginners and very fit children.

Descent with a stop at an alpine hut

There is no shortage on huts in the hiking paradise Wilder Kaiser mountains. You should take this opportunity and plan a second stop. The Brentenjochalm hut at 1,200 m is particularly recommended which you reach on your way back just before the mountain station of the Kaiser chairlift. The 100-year-old hut is decorated with colorful flowers and offers a fantastic view of the Kaindlalm, the Scheffauer and the Zettenkaiser mountains.

Brentenjochalm’s sun terrace at the Wilder Kaiser mountains

Leni Kaindl spoils her guests with traditional Tyrolean specialties – like the sweet so-called “Kiachl” or donut – served with applesauce or home-made cranberry jam. After this culinary stop, you walk back to the chairlift which takes you to the starting point of the tour.

The traditional "Kiachl" can be eaten either with cranberries or with sauerkraut

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