The Igels Torl, or Hedgehog Pass is a high level walk in the Mieminger range, above the village of Ehrwald, Collett’s base in Austria. It circumnavigates The Igelskopf, a striking mountain that translates as Hedgehog Head. Due to its wild landscape and sense of remoteness the Igels Torl is quickly becoming a favourite among Collett’s guests and organisers alike.
These photos are from a recent visit with a fabulous group of guests, including a number from a Yorkshire walking group. The weather has been fantastic here, so it was a particularly hot day, but this did nothing to put off this bunch of intrepid explorers!
The walk covers a variety of terrain and splendid scenery. It passes lakes, forests, and alpine moonscapes, and allows for spectacular views of the Zugspitze, the highest mountain in Germany.
Walking in the Zugspitze Arena, Igels Torl – Austrian Alps
The rugged landscape of the higher part of the walk are particularly popular. Every time we have visited we have been lucky enough to see large herds of Gams or Chamoix, and this visit was no exception. At one point we could see more than twenty!
After braving the short scree descent the group stopped to view the wreckage of a Second World War American Bomber. The B-24 Liberator was shot down in August 1944, and crashed near the Brendlsee, where much of it remains.
The Brendlsee is the second lake of the day, after a brief visit to the Igelsee earlier on. It’s a beautiful spot, and a great place to cool down on a hot day. A perfect finish to a great walk with new friends!
Many thanks to Sam, one of our local hosts and walk organisers, for the excellent photos and blog.