From Vienna, Eisenstadt: Semmeringschnellstraße S6, near Mürzzuschlag onto the B23 Mariazeller Bundesstrasse and Mürzsteg and Wegscheid to Gusswerk and on the Hochschwab Bundesstrasse B24 to Wildalpen.
From Linz: A1 to Voralpenkreuz junction, A9 to Windischgarsten, Unterlaussa, Altenmarkt, Grossreifling, Palfau and Wildalpen
From Salzburg: A1 on A9 to exit Ardning/Admont, Gesäusebundesstrasse and B24 to Wildalpen
From Graz: A9 Pyhrnautobahn, exit, Traboch (near Leoben) via Präbichl/Eisenerz, Hieflau, Landl, Gams to Palfau at the Erzhalden junction turn off to Wildalpen.
When you arrive in Wildalpen, take the turn-off to Hinterwildalpen and immediately after a few hundred metres turn left up to Winterhöh, the ski lift or sauna and park there.
This tour is suitable for enduring mountain hikers. The trail begins at the Winterhöh car park on an asphalt road and it is recommended to take the Seesteig trail to Hartlsee after the first sharp right-hand bend. Once at the lake, turn right again to the asphalt road, which is tackled uphill. You reach a large meadow, follow the road for a short distance and immediately afterwards a forest path leads further up to Antonikreuz and even higher up to Kreuzpfäder. From Kreuzpfäder it gets really exciting, because you hike below the Hochschwabrießen Gr. Grießstein, Gr. Ebenstein and Schaufelwand in a unique area until you reach Schafhalssattel. From the Schafhalssattel, the route is more leisurely across an alpine meadow, then uphill to Zumach and from there across the idyllic alpine plateau to the Sonnschienalm.
A very good connection to the Hochschwab tours!
Walking time: approx. 6 hours in the ascent
Trail length: approx. 13 km
Between Kreuzpfäder and Schafhalssattel you can clearly see an important event in Wildalpen, namely a landslide about 5900 years ago. Rapid warming led to the melting of the glaciers within a few thousand years. The ice tumbled down the slopes during the cold period, and after the melting the mountain flanks are now without support and therefore often become unstable. Landslides and rockfalls were the result. In the area of Brandstein, Schaufelwand, Ebenstein, Gr. Grießstein, a rim of demolition formed. Visible sliding surfaces and an area with sliding clods can be seen below, as well as traces of a torrent and its deposits long ago down the valley.
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