9. Blaue Lacke and Sulzenauferner
Natural Glacier Theme Trail
The mountain landscape that stretches from Sulzenauhütte to the foot of Sulzenauferner glacier is like a glacier theme trail shaped by nature. There are not many places in the Alps, where one can see the many different forms a glacier shaped landscape can take on such a short stretch: the Blaue Lacke moraine lake just above the hut, the colourful, polished glacial abrasions, the milky white glacier brook, a glacier lake and the mouth of Sulzenau glacier with its many little runlets and glacial mills and a rock face with numerous little waterfalls. The jagged towers of the ice fall of Sulzenauferner tower high above and on the very top is the snow-covered summit of the Zuckerhütl, the highest mountain of the Stubai Alps. The good thing is that we can explore all of this on good trails in immediate proximity to the hut. It is not surprising that the area has become a popular excursion destination for school classes.
From Sulzenauhütte to the Foot of Sulzenauferner
Start: Sulzenauhütte (2,191m)
Finish: Sulzenauferner (2,540m)
Walking time: 1hour 20 minutes
Altitude gain: 300m
Rest stops: Sulzenauhütte
Dresdner Hütte – Peiljoch (2676 m) – Sulzenauhütte
Start: Stubaier Gletscherbahnen mid-terminal (2,290m) / Dresdner Hütte (2,308m)
Finish: Sulzenauhütte (2,191m)
Walking time: 3 hours
Altitude gain: 380m Altitude loss: 490m
Rest stops: Sulzenauhütte, Dresdner Hütte
Thanks to the Stubaier Gletscherbahnen lifts, you can get to Dresdner Hütte by gondola. A stony but good trail leads up to Peiljoch, from where you can enjoy good views of Sulzenauferner glacier. The many cairns that have been built by mountaineers over the years are a special feature of the area. After a brief descent across tiered terrain you get to the end of hike no. 1, the glacier mouth of Sulzenauferner. The descent to Sulzenauhütte is easy and varied.