The varied trail already mentioned in the introduction is really worth seeing: the historic forest road in the Hartelsgraben is accompanied by the rushing Sulzkarbach stream and soon after is replaced by wide alpine meadows and pastures before you have to overcome steep alpine passages leading to the extensive summit plateau of the Zinödls.
There you will have an excellent view of the Gesaeuse mountains. Later you will reach the famous Hess hut, which is located between Hochtor and Zinödl on the Ennseck and where you simply have to stop for a bite to eat before descending to the mountaineering village of Johnsbach.
Or via Leoben, Vordernberg and Eisenerz to Hieflau and from there via the B146 in a westerly direction into the Gesaeuse.
A1 Westautobahn to exit Ybbs and from there in southern direction through Scheibbs, Lunz am See, Göstling an der Ybbs and Palfau to Hieflau. From there via B146 in western direction into the Gesäuse.
After about three kilometres you reach the Hartelsgraben hunting lodge and a little later a crossroads where you leave trail nr. 665 to the west and now follow the marked trail nr. 601, which is a well maintained forest road at the beginning, over a few bends into the Sulzkar.
On its wide alpine pastures you will find the next crossroads where you follow the markings to the north towards Zinödl. The following passage is marked by increasingly steeper terrain, where the trail markings were still partly badly visible in autumn 2017. In addition to your sense of orientation, you will soon need to be sure-footed and should take care not to loose stones that might endanger hikers further down. In addition, there is a general danger of falling rocks because of the steep rock faces at the foot of which the marked path passes a little later. At the end of this passage you are at the eastern end of the Zinödl Plateau and only a few hundred meters of easy ridge walk separate you from the summit.
From far away you can already see the summit cross and the weather station. The descent path leads northwards to the "Goß", from where you can enjoy spectacular views of the "Gseis".
The following section of the trail is a crossing in the direction of the "Heßhütte" and after about two kilometres you will reach it. From here you follow the normal route past the Gamsbrunnen, via Stadlalm, the Koderböden and the "zachen Schuh" to the Gasthof Kölblwirt.
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