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Snowshoe tour from the Salzstiegelhaus to the Rappoldkogel

A summit snowshoe hike in the heart of the Stubalpe in the Murtal adventure region to the 1928 m high Rappoldkogel.
The starting point of this snowshoe hike is familiar to many winter sports enthusiasts, the Salzstiegelhaus on the Hirschegger Sattel. Around 1900, there was a small self-catering hut here, which later served as a rest stop for changing horses on the salt transports from the Salzkammergut to the south. Today, the inn is considered a popular stop for all snowshoe hikers, skiers, cross-country skiers or sledders, so especially on beautiful winter days you will see a lot of activity around the parking lot of the Salzstiegelhaus. The first part of the tour leads us along the Weitwanderweg 05 (north-south long-distance hiking trail) in the direction of the Altes Almhaus. On the easy path, be aware of the avalanche danger of the Rappoldrinne - signs along the way. The ascent to the broad summit area of the Rappoldkogel is somewhat steeper in between, otherwise moderately ascending and convinces with a wonderful view. Basically we recommend the way back via the ascent route, as the descent via the hiking trail to the west is partly quite steep and is reserved for experienced snowshoe hikers only.



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The tour in numbers

Level of difficulty
9,0 km
4:00 h
380 hm
380 hm
1928 m
Highest point

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From St. Michael in Upper Styria via the Murtal expressway S36 (toll sticker required) to Zeltweg (30 km, approx. 25 minutes) and on via Großfeistritz to the Salzstiegelhaus (total 52 km, approx. 50 minutes).

From Graz via the A2 highway to Modriach and L344 via Hirschegg to the Salzstiegelhaus (76 km, approx. 85 minutes)

 Snowshoeing by car - a few things to look out for!

  • Good winter tires are an absolute MUST!
  • Ice scraper, snow broom, de-icer for the door locks and a small shovel are part of the basic equipment.
  • Put snow chains and a tow rope in the car, even if you are not good with them yourself. There are always helpful and knowledgeable hikers on the mountain!
  • Clear all snow and ice from the car, especially the roof.When parking, make sure that you also leave space for other drivers.
  • Always park in such a way that the rest of the road remains clear for cars, timber trucks and snow clearing vehicles.
  • Find out about the snow situation on the access road or parking facilities before setting off. (Hüttenwirt, webcams)
At the parking lot Salzstiegelhaus (1), 1543 m, we go to the other side of the road and see there the entrance to the hiking trail. We follow the yellow signs with the inscription "Altes Almhaus" No. 505. It goes slightly uphill through a piece of forest until we reach the open alpine pastures. From now on, we always orient ourselves along the forest road in the direction of the Altes Almhaus, whereby the path is easy to recognize even in winter. It goes continuously uphill and after about 2 km we come to the information boards (2), 1597 m, avalanche danger Rappoldrinne. From here we continue for about 1 km along the forest road or the cross-country ski trail until we come to a crossroads (3), 1615 m. The crossroads can be recognized by the fact that the road continues to the right to the Alte Almhaus and we now continue slightly uphill to the left. We stay on the road, which after a short time leads slightly downhill to a small depression. Here we keep to the right towards the forest and see the hiking trail and the red-white-red markings on the trees. From now on the path goes uphill through the forest, in between a little steeper, so that the ascending aid with the snowshoes comes into use. The path through the forest is very well marked and also easy to find due to mostly numerous tracks. At the forest border we then reach a small saddle (4), 1762 m. From here on we are in a protected landscape area (information board) and orient ourselves in the middle of the wide ridge in front of us, which leads to the summit cross (do not go too far to the right, as snowdrifts are possible). At the summit cross of the Rappoldkogel (5), 1928 m, a very beautiful view opens up into Upper Styria, with the Judenburg-Knittelfeld basin (Aichfeld) lying to the northwest. From here we can also see the snowshoe tour to the Speikkogel, which lies to the southwest. The way back is via the ascent route.

Variant: the descent via the summer trail to the west is partly steep and reserved for experienced snowshoe hikers only.

If you like the area around the Hirschegger Sattel, you can also hike from the Salzstiegelhaus to the Speikkogel (1993 m) in the west.
There is no public transport connection to the starting point of the tour.

General information about public transport in the region:

Murtal Taxi, Tel.: +43 660 1018101, 8740 Zeltweg,

Cab Jäger, Tel.: +43 3512 44833, 8720 Knittelfeld

Cab Steiner, Tel.: +43 3512 71718, 8720 Knittelfeld

There are numerous parking spaces in the immediate vicinity of the Salzstiegelhaus.
Salzstiegelhaus, Tel.: +43 3141 2248, 8741 Weißkirchen, Kothgraben 3,

Almwirtshaus Altes Almhaus, Tel.: +43 3147 212, 8591 Maria Lankowitz, Kemetberg 60,

Gasthof Moasterhaus, Tel.: +43 3141 2160, 8584 Hirschegg, Hirschegg 241,

 Freytag & Berndt (2017): Seetaler Alpen, Seckauer Alpen, Judenburg, Knittelfeld. WK 212 Wander-, Rad-, Freizeitkarte; 1:50 000

You can also find this tour on the Snowshoehiking map:

Region Murtal – Snowshoe map- Tour 7

The Snowshoe map - you can get for free at the tourism association Murtal -   - Tel.: +43 3577 26600

You can also find more information about the region on - 

Sarcletti S., Zienitzer E., (2. Auflage 2018): Schneeschuhführer Steiermark – Vom Dachstein bis zum Steirischen Weinland. Bergverlag Rother GmbH, München, S. 176. Für weitere Infos hier klicken.

Schneeweiß C., (2012): Schneeschuhgehen – Praxiswissen vom Profi zu Ausrüstung, Technik und Sicherheit. Bruckmann Verlag GmbH, München, S.192


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Hirschegg-Pack (896m)

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