Together with the Weitental Nature Conservation Center and the publicly accessible wildlife sanctuary at the tour's starting point, the result is an undertaking perfectly suited for families. The two shelters along the way, including the surprisingly exciting climb for a forest and meadow mountain, make for an eventful as well as varied hiking day program.
The tour is certainly one of the most beautiful climbs on the Hochanger.
Now keep right through a railroad and freeway underpass and past the cemetery to the P at the beginning of the Weitental. N 47.40398° O 15.27535°.
From Graz via the A9 - Phyrnautobahn and the S35 - Brucker Schnellstraße to the Bruck an der Mur exit. Continue as above.
From the west (Linz, Salzburg, D) via the A9 - Phyrnautobahn and the S6 - Semmering - Schnellstraße to Bruck West. Here, at the freeway exit, keep left until you reach an intersection at a furniture store. Keep right through the Bruck district of Oberaich until just before the above-mentioned traffic circle. Turn right at the traffic lights (sign "Weitental") and continue as above.
The wide forest path is followed even further to reach the spring catchment of the "Kalten Quelle" after another 30 minutes. This spring once served as a water supply for the town of Bruck and today serves to quench the thirst of all passing hikers.
From here the path narrows somewhat and after a few minutes the trail turns to the right upwards in the direction of Rabenwand.The gradient now increases noticeably and also the path itself has now changed to a narrow climb. Some hairpin bends lead through partly quite dense forest to a rock formation. This is overcome over several wooden ladders spectacularly, but safely (wide railing), whereby in the upper part an impressive deep view of the Weitental is offered.
Soon a now wider trail leads through a high forest to a forest road. However, this is only crossed in order to then reach the summit meadow of the Hochanger via a marked hiking trail (designation "Zöttelsteig") always in the forest and uphill, although never very steeply uphill (about 1 ½ hours from the end of the wooden ladders).
Here is also in the immediate vicinity of the unmistakable fenced summit cross the Hochanger - Schutzhaus, which is open all year round.
The descent first leads along the wide forest path in a northerly direction slightly downhill in about 15 minutes to a prominent fork in the path. The left variant brings all hikers directly back to the Weitentalgraben and thus to the starting point.On the right (more recommendable variant), the wide path continues to a junction of several hiking tours (about 60 minutes walk from Hochanger - Schutzhaus).Here you have the possibility to take a break in the alpine guesthouse Schweizeben, which is located not far from the crossing on a large alpine meadow.
After this rest and returning to the above-mentioned trail junction, a now somewhat narrower trail ("Susannensteig") leads partly quite steeply downhill to the Weitental Nature Conservation Center and thus back to the starting point.
A visit to the wildlife sanctuary in Brucker Weitental is an ideal conclusion to the hike.
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Further information: +43 3862 306010, (Tourism Association Bruck an der Mur), www.tourismusbruckmur.at