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Mountain ranges / Stubai Alps / Hoher Burgstall / Neustift im Stubaital - Hoher Burgstall (south path via Starkenburger Hütte)

Neustift im Stubaital - Hoher Burgstall (south path via Starkenburger Hütte)

Starting point: Neustift im Stubaital (994 m)
Starting point Lat/Lon: 47.10916°N 11.30609°E 
Path name: south path via Starkenburger Hütte
Time of walking: 4 h 15 min
Difficulty: partly demanding marked way
Difficulty of skiing: demanding
Altitude difference: 1617 m
Altitude difference (by path): 1617 m
Map: Innsbruck und Umgebung, 31/5 1:50.000; Outdooractive Stubai Wanderkarte
Author: pg
Views: 233
Trip rating: 5 votes
Number of pictures: 40
Access to starting point:
From Ljubljana, we drive on the highway past Salzburg in the direction towards München. At the multilevel junction Dreieck Inntal we go on the road A93 in the direction of Innsbruck/Kufstein/Brenner. When we return to Austria we continue to the junction with the exit Innsbruck-Mitte. Here we don't turn towards Innsbruck, but we continue on the highway A13 in the direction towards the mountain pass Brenner. We leave the highway at the exit 10-Schönberg and we follow a comfortable road through the valley Stubaital to the settlement Neustift im Stubaital. Here we can park at the information center, on payable parking lots in the center of the village or a little higher by an asphalt road, from which we continue towards Hoher Burgstall.

Alternatively we can drive through northern Italy: in this case from the main Slovenia on the highway A2 we drive to one of the border crossings with Austria and we continue towards Lienz. Here we continue on the road 100 and past the passage Prato alla Drava we drive into Italy. In Italy we follow the road SS49 all the way to the juncture with highway A22 in the direction towards the mountain pass Brenner. After the mountain pass, we continue in the direction towards Innsbruck to the exit Schönberg. From there we continue as described above.
Path description:
From the center of the settlement Neustift we follow signposts, which point us on an ascending asphalt road. We follow it, until signpost above the village points us on a narrower path towards Starkenburger Hütte, which past pleasant benches turns into the forest. We should pay attention to the path, which will from now on lead towards the summit - on signposts it is marked with red circle; towards Starkenburger Hütte we can go also on "blue", less steep path which runs on the mountain road. "

This path further crosses moderately steep forest slopes and shorter lanes of grassy plains, from which beautiful views are opening up towards Stubai Alps, especially towards groups Habicht and Serles. The path is all the time obvious and very well-marked. After approximately two hours of walking, we get to a larger clearing, on which sheep are regularly grazing, and only a little higher we again get to the road, on which runs a less steep path. Here we continue straight in the direction towards the west and we cross a little steeper lane of a forest.

After a little less than half an hour of walking from the crossing we pass over on open spaces, from where we already see Starkenburger Hütte and cliffs of Hoher Burgstall northern above us. The path runs through appealing environment, and also the views towards the eastern and south Stubai Alps are becoming increasingly beautiful. After the crossing the fence we ascend to high mountain road right below Starkenburger Hütte; from here it is possible to get to the mountain hut on the road or more directly on an unmarked path, which at the last ascent towards the hut follows a mountain well.

At the mountain hut there are wonderful views towards Stubai Alps; from here we can see all "7 peaks of Stubai". For the path towards Hoher Burgstall, whose cross on the top we can notice already at the mountain hut, we descend to the end of the mountain road and we follow the signs, which in zig-zags past two crossings lead through the upper slopes of the mountain. On the upper shoulder we pass from grassy flanks to below a rocky head of Hoher Burgstall. To the top on three spots we get help from steel cables, but the passages are not very demanding or exposed. Just below the summit joins also the path, which comes from the north past Sennjochhütte. From here to the top with alarge cross, we have only a short walk.

For orientation on surroundings I recommend a good free map "Outdooractive Stubai Wanderkarte", which we can get in tourist center in Neustift.

"high mountain paths are in Tyrol marked with blue (undemanding), red (moderately demanding) and black (demanding/very demanding) signs. But we need to be aware, that as moderately demanding are often marked the paths, which would be in Slovenia marked as "easy". This is also the case with "red" ascent towards Starkenburger Hütte, which is both technically and mentally undemanding, it is jus a little steeper and direct as the alternative "blue" path.
On the way: Starkenburger Hütte (2237m)
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