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Snowshoe hike Speikkogel, 1993 m

A tour in a wonderfully hikeable landscape between western Styria and the Murtal adventure region.
The Salzstiegl is located on a connecting road between western Styria and the Murtal adventure region. It was once a rest stop on one of the trade routes for - as the name reveals - salt, which was transported from the Salzkammergut region to the south. Today it is a popular excursion destination that attracts visitors from the Graz area as well as from the Mur Valley. Due to the extensive alpine pastures it is also attractive for families as a hiking area. In addition, many long-distance hiking trails run here such as: E6, Koralm-Kristall-Trail, "From glacier to wine" and Austrian long-distance hiking trail 05. Winter offers skiers, tourers, tobogganers, cross-country skiers and especially snowshoe walkers many opportunities. From the finish of our medium-difficulty tour with slightly ascending to steep sections, there are magnificent views in a northerly direction of the Seckau and Eisenerz Alps to the Hochschwab and in a southerly direction of the Graz Basin, the Seetal Alps, the Koralpe and the Karawanken.

Ski tourers or snowshoe hikers who want to go up the Speikkogel have to pay 10 € per person to cross or go up the slope.



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The tour in numbers

Level of difficulty
5,9 km
3:15 h
520 hm
520 hm
1979 m
Highest point
1553 m
Lowest point

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

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

By car to snowshoe hiking - a few things to watch out for!

Good winter tires are an absolute MUST!Ice scraper, snow broom, de-icer for the door locks and a small shovel belong to the basic equipment.Put snow chains and a tow rope in the car, even if you are not good with them yourself. Helping and knowledgeable hikers are always available on the mountain!Clear the car completely of snow and ice, especially sweep off the roof of the car completely.When parking, make sure you leave room for other motorists.Always park so that the rest of the roadway remains clear for cars, logging trucks, and snow removal vehicles.Find out about the snow situation on the access road or parking facilities before setting off. (hut host, webcams)

The parking lot at the Salzstiegelhaus (1), 1553 m, is our starting point. Basically, hiking trail 520, the course of which can also be seen by marking poles, leads us directly to our destination. We pass by the Salzstiegelhaus, first slightly uphill along the access slope, and then immediately turn right into the forest. It goes right along the ski slope, heading towards the windmills and walking around the reservoir (2), 1713m. From now on we are away from the colorful skiing and enjoy the climb ahead, marked by poles. Shortly before we reach our destination, we keep to the right along the fence and come directly to the Speikkogel summit cross (3), 1993 m. In good weather, the hike can be continued for as long as you like in the direction of Ameringkogel. On the descent we go back along the ascent path. The way back is via the ascent route.
From this starting point you can also hike to the Rappoldkogel (1928 m) in the northeast. Detailed information can be found under this direct link: Rappoldkogel from the Salzstiegelhaus.
There is no public transport connection to the starting point of the tour.

General information about public transport to 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,


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


What the weather will be like

Hirschegg-Pack (896m)

5 km/h
5 km/h
10 km/h
The day starts sunny, but will be partly cloudy in the afternoon.
10 km/h
15 km/h
5 km/h
Dry and partly sunny throughout the day, with cloudy periods from time to time.
-3°C 5°C
-4°C 4°C
-4°C 3°C

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