Hiking route BergeSeen Trail 20: Gößl - Appelhaus - Touren-Impression #1 | © Salzkammergut - BergeSeen Hiking route BergeSeen Trail 20: Gößl - Appelhaus - Touren-Impression #1 | © Salzkammergut - BergeSeen

BergeSeen Trail 20: Gößl - Appelhaus

Long and scenically impressive mountain hike in high alpine terrain. You hike along marked, but sometimes narrow and rocky paths. A short cabled-secured section and the crossing of a steep slope require a head for heights. On the plateau above, the craggy karst terrain demands surefootedness. During foggy conditions, it is easy to become lost in the obscured terrain. Furthermore, there are several deep sinkholes right next to the trail – and when its snowy, the markings on the stones on the ground are not visible.

Stage 20 of the Salzkammergut BergeSeen Trail leads into the high mountains. After a rather steep forest ascent, you reach one of the most beautiful mountain lakes in the region – and the high plateau of the Totes Gebirge Mountains. Its eastern area lies between 1600 and 2000 metres and is strongly characterised by “green karst”: between craggy peaks, monotonous hollows and wild, rugged karst formations, larch groves, fields of mountain pines and rare alpine plants provide a green flair. However, don’t be fooled: away from the marked trail, the terrain is impassable and harbours serious dangers.



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The tour in numbers

Level of difficulty
15,0 km
5:50 h
1283 hm
389 hm
1870 m
Highest point

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From Gasthof Hofmann at the roundabout at Lake Grundlsee, walk towards Toplitzsee into the village of Gößl. 150 metres after the small church partially clad in wooden shingles, turn left at the trail marker “Zur Pühringerhütte über Lahngangseen” (no. 214). Go uphill next to several houses, then right over the Dorfbach Stream and then immediately left again. Now hike uphill along the narrow Breuer-Franzl-Steig path through very steep forest slopes (“Hagl”) and past a water reservoir. At the Elisabeth-Breuer-Bench, enjoy a view back down to the church, then soon ascend next to a small stream and cross over left to a forest road. Above this, the path becomes somewhat slippery. At the junction of the path from Schachen, turn right and pass the meadow of the Gößler Schwaiber (1113 m, view of the Reichenstein Mountain) and continue over the next two forest roads. After the meadow at Kanzler Moor, the trail winds up through the ancient forest (“Blitzschlag-Materl”) to the Draußengatterl (1380 m). Behind this rock cleft, you briefly descend next to an overhanging wall (steel cable safeguard), then comes the ascending traverse of the very steep and gullied slopes below the Graswand (impressive views down to the Vorderbachalm). Finally, the path leads through a hollow behind the little-defined Schafbühel to the Vorderer Lahngangsee Lake (1494 m) To the right, the rugged Neustein (1870 m) rises above the often emerald waters, while the Salzofen (2070 m) peeks out next to the Graswand. In the background, the 2261-metre Rotgeschirr Mountain can be seen. 2:15 h

The ”Ausseerweg” leads to the left around the lake and continues to the small Lahngangalm Meadow on the northern shore. This was a so-called bridle path which was built in the 19th century for blue-blooded hunters. Some of the passages of piled up stones lead through the impassable terrain like levees. To the right is the Hintere Lahngangsee Lake in a 100-metre-deep forest and mountain pine basin. After a rain, you can even hear the roar of a waterfall. Between the Salzofen Mountain and pyramid-shaped Elm (2128 m) rising to the east, you reach the wooden huts in the Elmgrube (1622 m). 30 min

There you leave the trail to the Pühringer Hut to the left (sign “Am Abblaser – Albert Appel-Haus”). Now you hike along path no. 201, a section of the Northern Alpine Long-Distance Trail 01, up through mountain pine passages to the Abblasbühel (1869 m). In this saddle below the bare rock of the Hochkogel (2091 m), there is normally a bubbling spring. After a (often dried-up) pool, a trail to the 2062-metre Wildgößl turns off to the left. Its crossing is quite rewarding but requires at least an additional hour of hiking. The shorter route is path no. 201 to the right, which leads through the hollow “In den Wiesen” to the turnoff of the Grieskarsteig path in the direction of Lake Almsee.  From there, you continue left and around the Wildgößl to the Wiesenlacke pool, which often lies empty of water between grass and rock (the Wildgößlweg joins there). The trail now heads another 4 kilometres west, always gently ascending and descending through sometimes rocky, sometimes grassy terrain, which is overshadowed on the left by the Hinterer Bruderkogel (2031 m) and the Wildkarkogel (1950 m). To the right, the pine green Großer Woising (2064 m) can be seen. Finally, the exactly 1900-metre-high Redender Stein, an “echo rock”, with its large summit cross appears in the distance. Hidden below is the Albert-Appel-Haus (1660 m) in the Henarwald, an expansive and quite untouched larch grove. Opened in 1928, the shelter hut belongs to the Austrian Tourism Association and was named in memory of its founder and first chairman. This very hospitable alpine hut is served by a 6-kilometre-long material cable lift. 3:15 h

Text kindly provided by the publisher KOMPASS-Verlag and Wolfgang Heitzmann.

Further information at trail.salzkammergut.at

KOMPASS Wanderführer und Tourenkarte 1:90.000, Nummer 5647

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