Analysing terrain data
2 - 3
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 hike begins from the Elferbahn cable car in the village of Neustift.
Be aware that the lift itself is not well signposted, there is an easy-to-miss turning for it from the centre if the village, indicating a lefthand turn on to Moos.
From the top of the cable car, briefly follow the hiking path eastwards, which is signposted Sonnenzeitweg and Rundwanderweg Elfer, to shortly branch off to the right and continue following Sonnenzeitweg and Rundwanderweg Elfer. Continue up this lovely hiking path for around 1/2 hour to reach a gentle plateau, from where you will be able to see the fantastic peaks of the Stubaital for the first time.
A further 10 minutes will bring you to the next series of signposts.
Continue on in the direction of ‘Sonnenzeit’ for another 1/2 hour, and at the next junction, take the right hand path towards Zwölfernieder. Follow the path as it climbs gently towards a col, then at the junction just before the col itself, take the right hand path, signposted Elferhütte.
Up ahead tower some imposing rock buttresses, and the hiking path becomes quite steep and in places a little exposed as it traverses around the base of these buttresses.
For those feeling adventurous, a short but fun grade C via ferrata passes over the top of these rocks and rejoins the hiking path later on, providing an alternative route if you have the correct kit with you.
Continue along the traverse path, making sure to follow the red and white paint markers, as it starts to wind upwards again, and after around 45 minutes you will reach another set of signposts.
From here there are 2 options, to either branch off to the left and follow the sign to nip up to the summit of the Elferspitze, which is only another 15 minutes uphill, or to simply continue along the hiking path which now starts to head downhill towards the Elferhütte and the cable car. From here the uphill is done and the remainder of the route is all downhill.
The path is quite steep in parts and depending on the time of year may well still have some snow patches on it.
A few sections can feel a little exposed, especially if snowy underfoot, and walking poles may come in handy.
The Elferhütte will soon come into view and is well worth a pit stop before the final descent.
The location is second to none, with incredible views across the Inn Valley.
The path winds down towards the Elferhütte, always following the red and white paint markers, then from here the Elferbahn cable car is just 30 minutes further to complete the hike.