A varied walk, from the valley floor and the banks of the Lech to panoramic paths through forest and meadow.
Following the Lech from Elbigenalp, the trail initially meanders along the valley floor before ascending in the forest. The valley seems to widen at this point, with more farms and bigger villages as the Lech grows in size and volume. After passing through the small village of Haeselgehr, ascend to the mysterious Doser waterfall where the water inexplicably dries up every year between November and April. Enjoy the short panoramic hike up to the falls before continuing on a panoramic trail that passes through peaceful forest and under limestone cliffs. Arriving finally in the hamlet of Vorderhornbach and the valley floor once more, it’s just a couple of kilometres through fields and on the banks of the Lech to Stanzach.
Remember that the Lechweg is well signposted. At regular intervals you will find a white curved "L" on a small black label attached to fences or street signs. Sometimes it has an additional small white arrow pointing the direction. In addition, the trees and the roads are also printed with this curved "L", so you can always be sure that you are still on the right track during the hike.
There are several difficult sections of trail in the forest today. Ensure you take care of your footing. Be sure to wear comfortable boots with ankle support. Check the weather forecast before you leave. If you are concerned, you can pick up the local bus to Stanzach by diverting off the trail in Haeselgehr or Elmen.
You may be walking past a few different areas where cows graze. Although generally very docile and used to walkers, keep your distance and never turn your back on a cow that is behaving strangely or aggressive. Be particularly vigilant around cows with calves.
There is a long descent today on forest tracks and trails from the high meadows to the Lech valley floor and walking poles are again highly recommended to help protect your knees and ankles, and of course aid with balance.
Points of Interest
The Doser Waterfall is a beautiful sight, and a source of mystery. The waterfall dries up each winter, and only flows from April to November. According to legend, the stream flows from 23 April (St. George’s day) to 11 November (St. Martin’s day). There is a popular myth that tells of a dragon who is responsible for this! Scientists are still puzzling over the cause. They suspect an underground lake and its overflow from snowmelt triggers the phenomenon each spring.
The Tyrloean village of Stanzach lies at an altitude of 940 metres at the entrance of the Namosertal valley. Every Thursday evening the local brass band plays a guest concert on the village square. You can read more about it via this link:
Food and Drink
There are no places to buy food and drink on the route today unless you divert off the trail at Haeselgehr or Elmen. We strongly advise that you buy snacks and drinks at the small Spar supermarket in Elbigenalp before you depart in the morning. Alternatively, your accommodation may be able to arrange a packed lunch for you.
This tour is available on the following itineraries: WGLRT, WGLRTSV