2. Walking Austrian Alps: Hintertux ⇨ Frauenwand ⇨ Tuxer Joch Haus ⇨ Weitental ⇨ Madseit 2013:08:22

We took the first gondola up to the Hintertux mid station. The walk starts to the right of the kiosk at the end, Then turn left to the viewpoint on the knoll.
We took the first gondola up to the Hintertux mid station. The walk starts to the right of the kiosk at the end, Then turn left to the viewpoint on the knoll.

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Paths are well signed. Heading to the Frauenwand schweirig
Paths are well signed. Heading to the Frauenwand schweirig

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From the viewpoint you get superb views of the Hintertux glacier, but it is in rapid retreat, and there is a lot of bare rock . The lateral morraine stands out clearly.
From the viewpoint you get superb views of the Hintertux glacier, but it is in rapid retreat, and there is a lot of bare rock . The lateral morraine stands out clearly.

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Looking back at the Hintertux mid station and the Hintertux valley
Looking back at the Hintertux mid station and the Hintertux valley

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The path continues along a well made gravel track before heading up and contouring across the hillside on the right
The path continues along a well made gravel track before heading up and contouring across the hillside on the right

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The path contouring across the hillside
The path contouring across the hillside

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Alpine flowers are superb right from the start. Blue gentians
Alpine flowers are superb right from the start. Blue gentians

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Butterfly on scabious
Butterfly on scabious

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You look down on the road for the ski area
You look down on the road for the ski area

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Looking back at the viewpoint on the knoll and the Hintertux valley
Looking back at the viewpoint on the knoll and the Hintertux valley

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Mossy saxifrage
Mossy saxifrage

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A marmot
A marmot

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Intense blue gentians
Intense blue gentians

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Alpine forget me not
Alpine forget me not

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After contouring the steep hillside the path moves up into the floor of a valley stll rich in alpine flowers. From here you can see the return path below the ridge above.
After contouring the steep hillside the path moves up into the floor of a valley stll rich in alpine flowers. From here you can see the return path below the ridge above.

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The path reaches a cairn and sign on the crest of the ridge  turn right to follow the path close to the ridge
The path reaches a cairn and sign on the crest of the ridge  turn right to follow the path close to the ridge

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The view of the far side of the ridge
The view of the far side of the ridge

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From the ridge, looking back down the valley we have come up
From the ridge, looking back down the valley we have come up

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The path now climbs gently below the ridge
The path now climbs gently below the ridge

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Looking back at the cairn on the ridge
Looking back at the cairn on the ridge

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Banks of alpine flowers beside the path
Banks of alpine flowers beside the path

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There is a cable where the path crosses the steepest slopes
There is a cable where the path crosses the steepest slopes

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Weis Wand from Frauenwand
Weis Wand from Frauenwand

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The path now drops down to the Toxer Joch Haus. Turn left here and down into Weitental. You can follow the track or follow a path down.
The path now drops down to the Toxer Joch Haus. Turn left here and down into Weitental. You can follow the track or follow a path down.

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The path down into Weitental
The path down into Weitental

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Weitentalbach
Weitentalbach

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Looking back up Weitental
Looking back up Weitental

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The valley ends as the stream runs into a small groge and then plunges over a waterfall
The valley ends as the stream runs into a small groge and then plunges over a waterfall

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The path below the waterfall. We continued left at the junction you can see below
The path below the waterfall. We continued left at the junction you can see below

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The weitentalbach waterfall
The weitentalbach waterfall

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A short steep descent
A short steep descent

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Alpine Aster
Alpine Aster

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Looking down at the Hintertux bottom station
Looking down at the Hintertux bottom station

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The hillside opposite
The hillside opposite

The track follows the route of a toboggan run - Rodelbahn - until a junction of tracks, where the rodelbahn turns very sharply right. We follow a path that leaves the track here to walk along and then down through woodland. This is quite steep in places.

And now down into woodland, back down to Madseit and the bus back down the valley
And now down into woodland, back down to Madseit and the bus back down the valley