VORDERES STUBAI – SCHLICK – STARKENBURGER HÜTTE
From the gateway of the Stubaital (Stubai valley) into the rugged world of the mountains: Here you see the glacial valley in all of its glory. The trail begins with a view of the mighty Serles at the beginning of the Stubaital, passes through the forested Stollensteig, along the Ruetzbach to Telfes. One of the most challenging ascents of the STUBAI ULTRATRAIL begins in an area which is well-known for its mountain runs. About 14 kilometres and 1,250 metres of elevation must be mastered. Over ever-changing ground, the trail passes through Plövener Loch to Schlicker Boden, which lies in the shadow of the rugged Kalkkögel and across the Sennjoch to the Starkenburger Hütte (2,237 m). When the weather is fine, runners can expect an unforgettable sunrise, and if visibility is good, a unique mountain panorama, reaching from the Karwendelgebirge, across the Zillertal Alps and the mountains of the Gschnitztal all the way to the glaciers surrounding the Zuckerhütl, the highest mountain in Stubai. You should not spend too long admiring the beauty of the view, though, as the select route which follows requires great concentration. Shortly after the enormous “Bilderrahmen” (“picture frame”) - a popular spot for taking photographs - the first long descent of the STUBAI ULTRATRAIL begins, with narrow winding trails all the way to the aid station at Starkenburger Hütte (2,237 m). This is where the ascent to the Forchachhof begins, followed by the descent into Milders, in the Neustift district.