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Stubai Mountain Lakes: Mutterberger See

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  • Mutterberger See
    / Mutterberger See
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12 km
5:00 h
813 m
1359 m
At an altitude of 2,485 m, the three most impressive 3,000-metre peaks of the Stubai Valley – the Wilder Freiger, the Wilder Pfaff and the Zuckerhütl – are reflected majestically on the surface of Lake Mutterberger. The basin which holds the lake was forged into the rocky ground below by glaciers formed many thousands of years ago. This cirque, which was sealed in place by fine sand, forms the lakebed that we know today. Lake Mutterberger is, as part of a series of smaller lakes and wetlands, the region’s largest expanse of water. It is not at risk from avalanches, and is supplied by water from underground. As a result, landmass is prevented from seeping in, and it is able to maintain its character as a lake in full. A trip eastwards brings you to the “Unterer Hölltal”, a half-silted-up lake with expansive deposits of cotton grass. Still further east is a swamp area known as the “Hoachgruaba”, which has barely any areas of open water at all. Hiking along a trail of just under one kilometre, visitors can track the evolutionary development of high mountain lakes, forged over many thousands of years and encompassing numerous forms – from open lakes to silted wetland.
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Author
David Wallner
Updated: June 15, 2020

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Highest point
2517 m
Lowest point
1741 m
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Start

Mittelstation Stubaier Gletscherbahnen (2287 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
46.996926, 11.139870
UTM
32T 662691 5207044

Destination

Talstation Stubaier Gletscherbahnen

Turn-by-turn directions

The circular hike to Mutterberger See starts at the car park of the Stubai Glacier. At the end of the Gamsgartenbahn valley station, follow the forest path in the direction of the Wilde Grube. After the first steep part, the hiking path turns to the right over a small bridge and leads in serpentines to the first two lakes and further to the Mutterberger See (ascent time: approx. 2.5 hours). From there the trail continues in a south-east direction until you finally come back to the forest path in the Wilden Grube and then back to the valley station (descent time: approx. 1.5 hours).

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

From Innsbruck main station by bus to the last stop in the Stubaital - Mutterberg, valley station Stubai Glacier.

Getting there

From Innsbruck via Schönberg to the end of the valley, where you can find the valley station of the Stubai Glacier.

Parking

Numerous free parking spaces at the valley station of the Stubai Glacier.
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike


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Difficulty
difficult
Distance
12 km
Duration
5:00h
Ascent
813 m
Descent
1359 m
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