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Halltal is a long and strenuous hike. This typical Austrian walk takes hikers along an amazing, panoramic trail, eventually leading to Bettelwurf Hütte, one of the most popular mountain shelters near Innsbruck.
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Route Description for Halltal Hike
From the parking lot, follow the forest road uphill. After about one hour you will reach a little bridge. Cross the bridge, keeping to the right path. Continue on the trail through a sparse forest. After a little ascent through the forest, you will reach a nice meadow and the trail flattens.
Follow the trail and after crossing the meadow you’ll reach a junction where you go right, following the signs for Lafatscher Joch. You will hike up a broad and stony trail for about 45 minutes until you reach Lafatscher Joch. This is a good time for a break because the view from here is amazing.
At Lafatscher Joch you will see a big yellow signpost. Follow the trail to the Bettelwurfhütte mountain hut. The trail is not dangerous, but you should be careful because the small stones and gravel can make the trail slippery.
At Bettelwurfhütte you can buy some beverages or have a great meal, all the while enjoying the amazing views of the cities of Hall and Halltal - the valley where you came from. Many guests stay here overnight, opting to explore a bit more and enjoy the sunrise and sunset with fewer people.
Some years ago there was a short trail that took you back to the parking lot from Bettelwurfhütte. When we did this hike in 2017 this trail was closed due to some serious rockslides. You will see the trail continuing from the hut but there is a little white shield there that says in German that this trail is closed and very dangerous. We recently received information that this trail is now open. You can go back this way or else return on the same trail you came in on.
Insider Hints for Halltal Hike
- You could combine this hike with the hike to the peak of Bettelwurf mountain. You will have great views from there; however, you would have to sleep at Bettelwurfhütte and split the whole hike into two days.
- From the first bridge you cross until Bettelwurfhütte there is no water! But you can fill up your water at Bettelwurfhütte.
- Make sure you try some Austrian specialities at Bettelwurfhütte like Kaiserschmarrn or Knödel. It will make the long hike totally worth it!
Getting to the Halltal Hike Trailhead
Drive to the village of Absam and park your car in the parking lot at the entrance to the Halltal valley.
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