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Der Hohe Sarstein

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The Hohe Sarstein is a wonderful panoramic mountain in the Salzkammergut region on the border between Upper Austria and Styria. 
The perfect Sarstein experience is only given with the tour along the Sarstein Grade with the descent to Obertraun on Lake Hallstatt (trail no. 692). This one, however, demands a higher level of fitness.The difference in altitude to Obertraun is after all 1,460 meters and the last stretch, in steep switchbacks to the village, goes quite to the knees! But the tour along the approximately three-kilometer-long ridge, always heading south, with the Dachstein glacier in front of you, offers fascinating, almost frightening views into the depths of the Koppental, to Lake Hallstatt or into the surrounding mountains.

 

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The tour in numbers

challenging
Level of difficulty
11,7 km
Route
7:15 h
Duration
1004 hm
Ascent
1493 hm
Descent
1975 m
Highest point
511 m
Lowest point

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It is best to plan your journey to Bad Aussee using google.at/maps.

 
From Bad Goisern it is possible to take the bus back to the starting point. There is an exit directly on the Pötschenhöhe.

The mountain tour starts at the height of the Pötschen pass, on trail no. 693 (other starting points are the Sommersberger See or the parking lot on the Pötschenstraße on the Upper Austrian side above the Pötschenkehre).

Still down in the high forest, the trail meets trail no. 691 leading up from the Sommersberger See. This leads well marked increasingly steeply through the high forest and later through rocky terrain through a ditch steeply up. Rope safety devices and steps carved into the rock help to overcome the worst difficulties. After this steep ascent, it's a rather leisurely walk between large boulders over a saddle to the front Sarsteinalm, where trail no. 691 joins trail no. 690 leading up from the Pötschenkehre.

After overcoming the last 200 meters of altitude, you finally reach the summit cross. The northern side of the Dachstein with the Hallstatt glacier is within reach, Lake Hallstatt lies deep below in the shade and to the east the wide appearing valley of the Ausseerland opens up with Lake Altaussee, Lake Grundlsee, Bad Aussee in the foreground and in the background the chalky white mountains of the Tote Gebirge.

The way back leads via the Sarsteinalm (trail no. 690). After refreshment in the hut, the descent continues via the "Simony-Aussicht" to the Pötschenstraße. The way back to the top of the pass, along the old Pötschen road, about 2.5 km, is to be considered. But this is only the short variant if you want to return to the starting point.

Otherwise, one continues the tour towards Obertraun over the grade of the Sarstein, as already described above.The goal in Obertraun is for the time being after the exertions of the descent a sufficient refreshment. But then the train station, because the return trip to Bad Aussee is by train.

 

In front of the road maintenance depot on the Pötschenhöhe there are some parking spaces. From there the hike can be started directly. 
Tourist office Ausseerland Salzkammergut
Information office Altaussee
Fischerndorf 61
8992 Altaussee
+43 3622 716 43
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What the weather will be like

Altaussee (727m)

Morning
17°C
55%
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Noon
23°C
65%
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Night
19°C
75%
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Frequent showers and also a chance of thunderstorms around noon.
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17°C
5%
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Noon
27°C
10%
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Night
23°C
25%
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Rather sunny weather during the day with clouds mainly in the morning and towards the evening
01.07.2022
14°C 25°C
02.07.2022
12°C 25°C
03.07.2022
12°C 29°C

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