Schlicker See (2.450 m)
Covering roughly 3,900 m2², which makes it the smallest of the nine Stubai mountain lakes, the “Stubaier Höhenweg” trail approaches Lake Schlicker from “Starkenburger Hütte” and continues in the direction of Franz-Senn-Hütte. Looking down from the “Seejöchl” to Lake Schlicker, visitors can clearly make out the boundary between the “Kalkkögel” dolomites and “Ötztal-Stubai” crystalline rocks. Here, far-reaching and small-chipped limestone deposits flow effortlessly into the silicate crests, beautifully adorned with luminous green growth. This place, situated on this geological border, is an unparalleled hotspot of plant biodiversity. Lake Schlicker itself is deeply embedded into the region’s stolid silicate deposits. A closer look reveals a number of marmots living in the gaps between these boulders. Simply by emitting a loud whistle, these animals are able to warn their colonies of any unwanted intruders. The lake’s miniature underwater world is invigorated by the presence of char, which depend on insects for food and therefore remain small even when fully grown. Nevertheless, these “masters of survival” continue to multiply, and today have succeeded in forming a stable stock.
Descent to the Schlick 2000 middle station
Starting point: Mountain station Schlick 2000 (Kreuzjoch, 2.316)
Finishing point: middle station Schlick 2000 (1.362 m)
Walking time: 4 ½ h
Altitude difference: ↑ 610 HM ↓ 1.360 HM
Refreshment options: Starkenburger Hütte (2.237 m), Kaserstattalm (1.890 m), Galtalm (1.680 m) , Brugger Alm (1.350 m)
GETTING HERE / STARTING POINT
Either travel by bus or car to the Schlick 200 valley station, where there are numerous free parking spaces.
From the Kreuzjoch mountain station, take a leisurely hike up the ascending panoramic trail in the direction of the Sennjoch and further south past the Kleiner Burgstall to the Burgstallsattel. After the traverse to the Schlicker Schartl, the trail descends briefly to the Stubai High Trail and over scree fields to the tour’s destination, Schlicker See lake. The total walking time to the Schlicker See lake is about 2.5 hours. The way back is a nice round trip via the Starkenburger Hut. Follow the Stubai High Trail south past the Hoher Burgstall. From the Starkenburger Hut, you walk back via the Kaserstattalm and Galtalm to the ‘Schlick 2000’ middle station and from there, travel by cable car to the valley station. For the way back to the middle station, you need to leave about 2 hours. Alternatively, you can also descend directly from the lake to Neustift.
Descent to Neustift Dorf
Starting point: mountain station Schlick 2000 (Kreuzjoch, 2.136 m)
Finishing point: Neustift Dorf (1.000 m)
Walking time: 5 ½ h
Altitude difference: ↑ 610 HM ↓ 1.680 HM
Refreshment options: Starkenburger Hütte (2.237 m)
GETTING HERE / STARTING POINT
Either travel by car to Fulpmes and from there to the valley station of the Schlick 2000 or by bus to the bus stop "Fulpmes Schlick 2000".
From the Kreuzjoch mountain station, walk the leisurely ascending panoramic trail towards the Starkenburger Hut. After the Sennjoch Hut, follow the signs to Hoher Burgstall. The path leads up over the ridge, turns right and passes under the south wall of the Niederer Burgstall. Shortly after, the trail branches off to the right towards Schlicker Schartl. From there it is about 15 minutes to the Schlicker See lake. The total walking time to the Schlicker See lake is about 2.5 hours. The way back follows the Stubaier High Trail in the direction of the Starkenburger hut. Shortly before the hut, turn left and follow the path back to the Sennjoch Hut and from there continue to the top station of the Schlick 2000. The return journey will take approx. 2 hours.