Mutterbergersee (2.485 m)
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. 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.
Start / Destination: Talstation Stubaier Gletscher (1.749 m)
Walking time: 4 h
Altitude difference: ↑ 800 HM ↓ 800 HM
Refreshment options: Restaurant „Wilde Grube“ (1.749 m)
GETTING HERE / STARTING POINT
Either travel by car or by bus to the end of the valley to the Stubai Glacier cable car valley station. There are also numerous free parking spaces.
The circular hike to Mutterberger See lake starts at the car park of the valley station of the Stubai Glacier. At the end of the valley station of the Gamsgarten cable car, you first follow the forest path in the direction of Wilde Grube. After the first steep stage, the trail turns right over a small bridge and follows a winding route to the first two lakes and on to Mutterberger See lake (walking time ascent: approx. 2.5 hours). From there, the trail continues in a south-easterly direction until you finally reach the forest path in the Wilde Grube and then continue on to the valley station (walking time downhill: approx. 1.5 hours)