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Stubai mountain lakes: Blaue Lacke (2.294 m)

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    Photo: David Wallner, Tourismusverband Stubai Tirol KöR
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    Photo: David Wallner, Tourismusverband Stubai Tirol KöR
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    Photo: David Wallner, Tourismusverband Stubai Tirol KöR
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    Photo: David Wallner, Tourismusverband Stubai Tirol KöR
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    Photo: David Wallner, Tourismusverband Stubai Tirol KöR
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The Blaue Lacke lake is a relatively recent product of climate change.
difficult
Distance 11 km
4:30 h
620 m
1,320 m
After the most recent ice age, the ice masses retreated. They did not, however, continue to release their grip on the terrain, given that there were repeated occurrences of glacial advances. The last major advance is believed to have happened in 1850. This theory is substantiated by the occurrence of numerous moraines in the upper mountains. And it is behind one of these moraines that today’s Lake formed at 2,294 m. The captivating interplay of colour in the water depends both on its underlying surface and the amount of cloud cover, but the effect is stunning either way. This region, once dominated by huge glaciers, suffered repeated catastrophes in the valley below as a result of seismic shifts in the mass of ice. Records report, for example, that in the 1770s the Aperer Freiger glacier experienced a huge fracture, sending an enormous block of ice down into the lower-lying waters with tremendous force before breaking up.
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Update: March 09, 2021
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Highest point
2,675 m
Lowest point
1,583 m
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Rest Stop

Sulzenauhütte
Sulzenau Alm
Dresdner Hütte

Start

Sulzenau Hut car park / Grawa Waterfall (2,290 m)
Coordinates:
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46.997166, 11.139784
DMS
46°59'49.8"N 11°08'23.2"E
UTM
32T 662684 5207071
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Destination

Parkplatz Sulzenauhütte

Turn-by-turn directions

Either travel by bus or car to the end of the valley to the Stubai Glacier cable car valley station. There are numerous free parking spaces there.

First you take the Stubai Glacier cable car to the middle station and from there, you hike to the Dresdner Hut, which is located right next to the station and is the starting point for the tour. From there, follow the signs in the direction of ‘Peiljoch’. At the beginning, you cross the Fernaubach over a bridge, then go steeply up to the beautifully situated crossing, the Peiljoch. After a short descent, you reach the first destination, Sulzenausee lake, after about 2 hours of walking. From there, don’t follow the ‘Wilde Wasser Weg’, and instead cross a small bridge and hike in a southeasterly direction for about 15 minutes uphill to a plateau at the start of the glacier. The trail then descends along the moraine to Blaue Lacke lake (walking time from Dresdner Hut: approx. 3 ½ hours). From Blaue Lacke lake, you descend to Sulzenau Hut in about 10 minutes. Go from Sulzenau Hut for the hiking trail via the Sulzenaulm down into the valley to the ‘Sulzenauhütte’ bus stop or via the ‘WildeWasserWeg’ to the ‘Grawa Alm’ bus stop.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Ab Hauptbahnhof Innsbruck direkte Busverbindung nach Neustift im Stubaital (Haltestelle Sulzenauhütte).

Getting there

Von der Olympiastadt Innsbruck erreichen Sie das Stubaital in ca. 20 Minuten über die Brennerautobahn (Europabrücke), Ausfahrt Schönberg - weiter bis nach Neustift. Von dort weiter in Richtung Stubaier Gletscher bis ans Ende des Tales.

Parking

Kostenlose Parkplätze bei der Talstation der Stubaier Gletscherbahnen.

Coordinates

DD
46.997166, 11.139784
DMS
46°59'49.8"N 11°08'23.2"E
UTM
32T 662684 5207071
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

Basic Equipment for Hiking

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Hiking socks  
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Blister kit
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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Difficulty
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Distance
11 km
Duration
4:30 h
Ascent
620 m
Descent
1,320 m
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