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The exposure grade describes the potential consequences of falling or slipping off the path.
Low Exposure: The path is on completely flat land and potential injury is limited to falling over.
Medium Exposure: The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.
High Exposure: Some trail sections have exposed ledges or steep ascents/descents where falling could cause serious injury.
Extreme Exposure: Some trail sections are extremely exposed where falling will almost certainly result in serious injury or death.
The impressive bulk of Habicht can be easily spotted from Innsbruck and the 3277m peak is one of the most dominant in the Stubai range.
Being one of the easier 3000m peaks in the area, Habicht is a popular tick for mountaineers in Austria, however it is not without danger with many exposed sections and much of the route is over glaciated terrain, so it should not be undertaken lightly. Habicht can be approached from one of two directions, either starting from Neustift to the north and making use of the cable car, or by starting from the village of Gschnitz, to the east of the peak.
Of course either route can be used for both the ascent and descent, but the most interesting and enjoyable option, as described here, begins in Gschnitz and finishes in Neustift.
This is easily managed using public transport and provides more of an adventure than a simple there and back route. Begin at the Catholic Church at the western end of Gschnitz and continue along the road for 400m in the direction of Gurns to find a large parking area on the right hand side, where the Innsbrucker Hütte is clearly signposted. Follow this fairly steep path as it winds up the hillside.
The way is always clear with few subsidiary paths, but it does become a little exposed in places.
Continue for around 3 hours, which can feel like quite a slog, but eventually, just after rounding a long right hand bend, the Innsbrucker Hütte comes into sight, with only a further 10 minutes walk to reach it.
The hut itself is a pretty substantial building, nestled into the surrounding mountains and enjoying some absolutely spectacular scenery.
It sleeps around 130 people in a combination of large dorms and smaller private rooms, but it is a popular spot so be sure to book ahead to avoid disappointment.