If you had an overnight in the valley, use the Seegruben and Hafelekarbahn cable cars to head up to Hafelekar mountain station at 2,256m above sea level. If you have overnighted in the Pfeishutte start from it.
You’ll follow the Goetheweg trail on the southern slopes of the Nordkette mountain range to Mühlkarscharte with its magnificent views over Innsbruck. At Mühlkarscharte, you’ll switch to the northern side of the Nordkette, where the Karwendel mountains will tower over you, before hiking across Mandlscharte to the cosy and welcoming Pfeishütte Lodge. From the Hafelekar mountain station you can take Innsbruck’s Nordkettenbahn cable cars down into the city and, later in the afternoon, enjoy exploring this beautiful Alpine destination.
Today you may be walking past a few different areas where cows graze. Although generally very docile and used to walkers, keep your distance and never turn your back on a cow that is behaving strangely or aggressive. Be particularly vigilant around cows with calves.
Always allow plenty of time for your hike. The walking times indicated do not include breaks. Breaks for photos and a rest need to be added to the specified times.
Make sure you find out about current weather conditions and keep an eye on weather changes. Thunderstorms can gather very quickly in the Alps.
Do not leave the marked hiking trails and be extra cautious in poor visibility. The trail is partially exposed. Given this is a mountainous trail, you should be steady on your feet and not afraid of the high altitudes.
Tips and hints
Food and Drink
Food and drink: refreshment is available at Pfeishütte Lodge and Hafelekarhaus.
Innsbruck’s Nordkettenbahn cable cars: https://www.nordkette.com/en/home.html
Always wear good walking boots with a robust sole, and take waterproofs with you. Take plenty of water with you (min. 1 litre) and don’t forget sunscreen!
Hiking poles can be helpful.