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Stubai mountain lakes: Mutterberger See (2.485 m)

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At 2,485 m, the three most impressive 3,000m peaks are reflected on the surface of Lake Mutterberger.
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Distance 12 km
5:00 h
810 m
1,360 m
2,517 m
1,741 m
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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Update: March 09, 2021
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Highest point
2,517 m
Lowest point
1,741 m
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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

Start

Stubai Glacier valley station car park (2,287 m)
Coordinates:
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46.996926, 11.139870
DMS
46°59'48.9"N 11°08'23.5"E
UTM
32T 662691 5207044
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Destination

Talstation Stubaier Gletscherbahnen

Turn-by-turn directions

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

The round tour to Mutterberger See lake starts with the ascent to the middle station of the Stubai Glacier cable car. Right next to the middle station is the Dresdner Hut, which is the starting point for this tour. Winding paths lead up to the small, beautifully located Egesensee lake and from there (south, past the lake) to the Niederl. At this junction, you descend for about 20 minutes through the ‘Wilde Grube’ to the ‘Regensburgerbrüggl’. From there, the trail continues slightly uphill along the Stubai High Trail until a signpost indicates the last, short and steep ascent to Mutterberger See lake. It takes about 2 ¼ hours to get to the lake. The descent is via another trail in the direction of the Mutterbergeralm. On the trail, you pass several small lakes and wetlands. Finally, you reach the ‘Wilde Grub’ again, where you descend the last steep path to the starting point of the tour, the Stubai Glacier cable car valley station.

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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.

Coordinates

DD
46.996926, 11.139870
DMS
46°59'48.9"N 11°08'23.5"E
UTM
32T 662691 5207044
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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
  • Kit para bolhas
  • 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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Distance
12 km
Duration
5:00 h
Ascent
810 m
Descent
1,360 m
Highest point
2,517 m
Lowest point
1,741 m
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