Freiger See (2.497 m)
Lake Freiger lies just off the beaten track, at an altitude of 2,497 metres above sea level. To the south, the remnants of the “Grübl” glacier stretch into the distance. To the south-west, its namesake, the “Wilde Freiger”, rises majestically to 3,419 metres above sea level. This visually striking mountain is part of the “Seven Summits” Stubai family, and can be scaled from several sides. Covering an area of just 23,450 m², Lake Freiger is just half the size of Lake Grünau, situated below it. Living conditions are extremely tough in high-altitude bodies of water such as these. The sheet of ice only disperses late in the year, and returns long before winter comes to the valley. Its fascinating green-blue tinge, an attribute often seen in high-altitude lakes, is due in part to its extremely low nutrient content. As you can imagine, the scope of life at this height is limited. It is mostly dominated by algae and tiny lifeforms such as miniature crabs. For scientists, lakes found at such formidable heights are considered to be sensitive indicators of factors such as atmospheric pollutants, as well as both prehistoric and current climate events.
Start / Destination: Parkplatz Nürnberger Hütte (1.370 m)
Walking time: 6 ½ h
Altitude difference: ↑ 1.135 HM ↓ 1.135 HM
Refreshment options: Bsuachalm (1.580 m), Nürnberger Hütte (2.297 m)
GETTING HERE / STARTING POINT
Either travel by car to the Nürnberger Hut car park or by bus to the "Nürnberger Hütte" stop. Free parking spaces are available there.
The tour to Freiger See starts at the Nürnberger Hut car park. From there, follow the sign "Nürnberger Hütte / Bsuachalm" and hike along the forest path up to the entrance of the Langental. There you reach the Bsuachalm after about 45 minutes. Shortly after the Bsuachalm, the winding route ascends to the Nürnberger Hut (total walking time: 2.5 h). From the hut, initially you follow the ascent to the Wilden Freiger at the beginning, passing by the turnoff to the Bremer Hut on the left, and then following the arrow sign towards "F.See-Roter Grat". The path leads southwards up into a high valley where the Freiger See lake is located. The Freiger See lake can be reached from the Nürnberger Hut in about 45 minutes.