Route: Schlick

Area: Austria, Stubai Valley, Tyrol

Date of walk: 11th September 2023

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 5.2 miles

Ascent: 100 feet (descent 2,500 feet)

Weather: Sunny and warm

The Schlick2000 cable car is based in the village of Fulpmes and is on a local bus route. We took the cable car to the top station at an altitude of 6,900 feet and our walk would take us down to the middle station at Brugger Alm, some 2,500 feet lower down

The view from the mountain station at the start of the walk was sensational – an array of peaks over 8,000 feet high making up the Stubai mountain massif. Before setting off on our planned walk we made a 15 minute there and back diversion along the Panorama Trail, at the head of which is a viewing platform with even better views

After returning to the mountain station we set off along the waymarked Nature Trail, which is an easy descent all the way. The views were breathtaking, and shown in good light thanks to a few clouds. We eventually arrived at the Schlickeralm Hütte and paused here for refreshments

The path continued down as far as a large mountain pond known as the Panoramasee. We were aware that the remainder of our planned route could be closed, as it was severely damaged by storms and this proved to be the case. No matter, as an alternative descent path took us down through woodland to meet a track leading back to the middle station. This part of the descent was rougher and steeper but there were no dangers or difficulties and it was a good way down. On arriving at the middle station  we took the cable car back down to Fulpmes to end a red letter day

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