Hiking route From the Reiteralm to famous Mirror Lake - Touren-Impression #1 | © Erlebnisregion Schladming-Dachstein Hiking route From the Reiteralm to famous Mirror Lake - Touren-Impression #1 | © Erlebnisregion Schladming-Dachstein

From the Reiteralm to famous Mirror Lake

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Easy, short hike at elevations between 1700 and 1900 m, on a good trail to two very photogenic mountain lakes with splendid views of the Dachstein.

This hiking tip is a leisurely, short mountain hike to a beautiful destination – the "Spiegelsee", meaning Mirror Lake. Its original name is actually Mittlerer Gasslsee, but over the last 30 years, many photo-loving hikers have re-christened it.

In a wonderful setting, whenever winds are calm it serves up the most beautiful reflections imaginable.  If you stand on the south shore, you are treated to an amazing reflection of the south face of the Dachstein Massif!  The colors are spectacular from mid June on, when the rhododendron come into full bloom (Rhododendron Festival), delightful summer scenery in July and August, while the golden-yellow larches of October bring us magnificent contrasts. We are but a short climb from the Obersee, a small Ice-Age tarn, picturesquely and peacefully nestled in the rearmost cirque at the foot of the Rippetegg and Pichler Schober. Magnificent panoramic views of the Dachstein and Bischofsmütze.

IMPORTANT NOTE: the Spiegelsee is a relatively shallow, small mountain lake in the vicinity of a fragile ecosystem. Please be considerate of nature and other nature lovers and do not go swimming in the lake!

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Best season

January
February
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April
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December

The tour in numbers

easy
Level of difficulty
4,0 km
Route
1:25 h
Time
139 hm
Uphill
139 hm
Downhill
1880 m
Highest point

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Approximately 4 km West of Schladming take exit Pichl from highway B320 Ennstalbundesstraße and continue on Preuneggstraße road towards Reiteralm. Taking a couple of switchbacks you reach the valley terminal of Preunegg-Jet gondola which operates also in summer (operating times at www.reiteralm.at).

You can also continue on Reiteralmstraße road (toll road) to Eiskarhütte, Reiteralmhütte or Gasselhöh'-Hütte huts.

From the mountain terminal (or the car parking at Gasselhöh'-Hütte Inn respectively) follow trail n° 66 around Reiteralmsee Lake and follow the signage and trail n° 66 into the forest towards Spiegelsee Lake. The easy hiking trail  runs along the East slopes of the ridge between Rippetegg and Gasselhöhe summits.

After approximately 45 minutes you reach the picturesque "Mirror Lake". A couple of minutes more and you reach the small Obersee Lake between the summits of Rippetegg and Schober.

Alternatives for the way back:

  • Another possible way back is via the Reiteralm High Trail (via Rippetegg and Gasselhöhe summits) with an additional 2 hours
  • On the way back you can also make a smaller detour via trail n° 66a and Untersee Lake (an additional 30 minutes).
On the way back make a small detour via trail n° 66a and Untersee Lake.

Ramsauer Verkehrsbetriebe offers a bus connection to the valley terminal of Preunegg-Jet gondola on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday.

From there you take the cable car Preunegg-Jet to Reiteralm.

Parking is available at the valley terminal of Preunegg Jet gondola as well as at the huts of Eiskarhütte, Reiteralmhütte or Gasselhöh'-Hütte.

Tourist information: www.schladming.com

Information about bus schedules: www.rvb.at

Information about cable-car hours: www.reiteralm.at

  • Hiking map Schladming, 1:25.000, available at the tourist office Schladming.
  • Hiking map Schladming-Dachstein, 1:50.000, available at the tourist office Schladming.
  • Wanderführer Schladming-Dachstein von Herbert Raffalt, erhältlich im Tourismusverband Schladming.

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What the weather will be like

Schladming (740m)

Morning
sunny
16°C
10%
5 km/h
Noon
sunny
24°C
10%
10 km/h
Night
sunny
21°C
35%
5 km/h
Dry and partly sunny throughout the day, with cloudy periods from time to time.
Morning
slightly cloudy
16°C
5%
5 km/h
Noon
sunny
25°C
30%
10 km/h
Night
rainy
19°C
55%
5 km/h
Quite sunny with scattered clouds during the day, but a chance of thunderstorms towards evening.
27.06.2024
cloudy
14°C 25°C
28.06.2024
sunny
14°C 29°C
29.06.2024
sunny
15°C 32°C

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