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Stages of the Meraner Höhenweg: From Katharinaberg via Eishof to Pfelders
Two daily stages:
1st stage: from Katharinaberg to the Eishof in about 4.0 hours (approx. 13 km)
2nd stage: from Eishof to Pfelders in about 6.5 hours (about 17 km)
In Katharinaberg we first follow the signs to the Höhenweg (trail mark 24) along the asphalt road. At the junction we follow the trail marker No. 28 to the left, which marks the ascent to the junction with the Meraner Höhenweg Trail. Along the Montferthof and through dense larch forest the path leads us to the Vorderkaser inn, where the Pfossental actually starts. From Vorderkaser we hike in one and a half hours to the managed Eishof, which is idyllically situated in the valley basin, and stop there overnight.
The next day we continue our walk into the valley, where the wide hiking trail finally becomes narrower and steeper and crosses the Pfossental stream again and again. At the next crossroads the trail continues in serpentines towards Eisjöchl at 2,895 m. From here you can already see the Stettiner Hütte hut with its blue-green mountain lake, which we reach after a few minutes’ downhill. In the face of the peaks Hohe Wilde and the Hohe Weiße, the trail zigzags steeply down to the Lazinser Alm hut. From here a forest road leads us to the Zeppichl to Pfelders.
From Vorderkaser to the Eishof
Duration: 2 hours
Distance: 9,5 kilometres
From the Vorderkaser inn we follow mark 39 and walk along the wide, unpaved road moderately uphill through larch forests towards the valley. The old valley path leads us after about one hour to the former Mitterkaser farm at 1,954 m. Just like the Rableidhof hut, which we pass shortly afterwards, a snack station. Then we hike further into the valley and after another 45 minutes we reach the Eishof. After a little refreshment we return on the way in one and a half hours. (Suitable for buggies)
From Eishof to the Johannesscharte and the Lodnerhütte hut
Duration: 5 hours
Distance: 8,13 kilometres
From the Eishof, the trail marked 25 leads us into the valley on a pleasant ascent to Eisjöchl. After a little more than an hour, we leave the path at approx. 2,500 m and turn right onto marker 8. We climb over scree to the rope-insured Johannesschartl at 2,854 m. This is located directly at the foot of the west ridge of the Kleine Weiße peak and should not be confused with the west cut in embrasures. The path there is abandoned because of the danger of falling rocks. From here we first descend steeply and then over hairpin bends on a well-developed path. Finally we continue out of the valley via the Johannesweg to the Lodnerhütte hut up to 2.259 m. This is an excellent alternative to the Meraner Höhenweg Trail.