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From hut to hut in the National park Gesäuse Stage 03 Heßhütte - Ennstalerhütte


Wild waters: Along the wild and romantic Hartelsgraben and the Enns to the oldest refuge in the Gesäuse

Of course there is always an easier way on every mountain. With more than 500 km of hiking trails and one of the highest densities of mountain huts in the Eastern Alps, nothing stands in the way of a hiking experience lasting several days in the only Styrian National Park. The whole Gesäuse in one go is best experienced on the Gesäuse Hut Tour. From hut to hut and even completely flexible (no fixed places to stay overnight, numerous variations and completely mobile without your own car), the alpine Gesäuse is more beautiful than ever to hike.


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The tour in numbers

Level of difficulty
18,6 km
7:20 h
1301 hm
1475 hm
1821 m
Highest point
491 m
Lowest point

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With your own car:

A9 Phyrn motorway to exit Ardning/Admont and from there past Frauenberg, approx. 10 km after Admont.

By train: The following train stations are at your disposal: Liezen train station (continue with bus 910 to Admont), Weißenbach - St. Gallen train station (from here take bus 912 to Admont).

By plane: The following international airports can be recommended for arrival by plane - Vienna, Linz and Graz. Arrival Shuttle Service Brings you to the starting point of your trail journey and back to the ideal train station or airport at the end of the tour.

The Trail Info & Booking Centre will be happy to organise this shuttle service.

From the Hesshütte you go approx. 300m south along yesterday's path back to the signposted junction at Gamsbrunn and then left up to the Sulzkarhund. From the edge of the Sulzkarhund you can clearly see the descent into the Sulzkar in front of you and go down to the Almenboden - here you experience the Gesäuse "off the beaten track". You leave the lake on your right and soon reach the alpine huts. Continue along the marked path to the forest road and along this road - following the signs - through a forest to a hunting lodge. Here you choose the old forest road into the wildly romantic Hartelsgraben. The path runs straight down through the Hartelsgraben, accompanied by the ever-increasing river and numerous smaller waterfalls. Shortly after the railway crossing you reach the Hartelsgraben car park.From here you walk for about 30 minutes along the road to the right (east) towards Hieflau (beware of busy traffic), until a hiking trail (forest road) branches off to the left (at KM 109,3 just before the road crosses the Enns). Follow this path along the Enns - at the junction, turn left and follow the markings of the hiking path (path no. 648). Now the trail climbs slightly through the forest, crossing the road again and again, which winds its way up in serpentines. At Kühmairboden (1.191m) you reach a junction where you turn left and hike along the forest path (path no. 642) almost even to Hochscheibenalm (1.189m). Now you orientate yourself to the right and it leads steadily uphill below the Tamischbachturm (2.035m) on a path (path no. 642) through the forest and over open areas up to the Ennstaler Hütte.On this hut's terrace you feel like you are on a box seat due to the location directly on the ridge between the Tamischbachturm and the rocky summit of Kleiner Buchstein. Opposite you can see the wild and rugged north side of the Hochtorgruppe and to the north the view extends far into the Alpine foothills.
It is recommended to contact the Trail Info & Booking Centre before booking.

Offers at www.bookyourtrail.com/trail/gesaeuse-huettenrundwanderweg



Parking is available at the respective starting points of the trail tour (Attention: parking possibilities are very limited in Johnsbach). Most of the parking spaces are free of charge and not supervised! The return transport brings you back to your car.

Tip: Please place a note in your car with a note that you are on the Gesäuse Hut Trail (including the date of your return and telephone number) - the mountain rescue service will thank you!




What the weather will be like

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Possibly sunny spells in the early morning, later heavy clouds with frequent thunderstorms.
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