Highland route right across the Schladminger Tauern: from hut to hut
The Schladminger-Tauern Höhenweg trail is a stage along Central Alpine Trail 02, which traverses the entire Alpine region.
Due to its unique geological features, the wealth of plant and animals species, and the special character of the surrounding mountain world, this particular section of the Central Alpine Trail through the Schladminger-Tauern is one of the most beautiful hiking tours to be found anywhere in the Alps. Dozens of tarns and waterfalls of the Niedere Tauern range, you will find a majority of those in the valleys, basins and coombes of the Schladminger Tauern. Pristine, untamed streams with thunderous waterfalls and countless small rivulets flowing from springs beneath the Tauern mountains add to the appeal and charm of this region. In addition, some truly rewarding mountain destinations, such as the Hochgolling, the highest mountain in the Niedere Tauern, along with the Höchstein, Hohe Wildstelle, Steirische Kalkspitze and many more, all lie directly along the path. Particularly unique impressions await you during a tour through the Klafferkessel and on the shores of the "Goldlacken". An arctic-style lakescape, with flora you would normally only find at more northern latitudes, always guaranteed to captivate each and every alpine hiker.
Refreshment stops and mountain chalets:
- Ursprungalm chalet
- Hochwurzenhütte inn
- Giglachseehütte chalet
- Ignaz-Mattis-Hütte chalet
- Duisitzkarhütte chalet
- Fahrlechhütte chalet
- Keinprechthütte chalet
- Landawirseehütte chalet
- Gollinghütte chalet
- Preintalerhütte chalet
- Waldhornalm chalet
- Beitlahnhütte chalet
- Rudolf-Schober-Hütte chalet
Points of Interest:
Dozens of tarns and waterfalls, geological features like the Klafferkessel and Goldlacken plateaus, summit of Hochgolling.
Stage 1 - 6 to 7 hours Hochwurzen High Trail to the Giglachseen Lakes
Start out from the Hochwurzenhütte (accessible on the Hochwurzen cable car or via hiking path No. 60 from Rohrmoos). From the Hochwurzen car park, the trail takes us after just a few minutes via a newly laid-out path up the extended grassy ridgeline of the Rossfeld. From this easily reached scenic mountain, we can hike down to the south to the depression of the Leiterfußsattel with a sign for several different trails. Our path now takes us on trail No. 773 which originates in Obertal, leading us out of this alpine saddle through a battle-zone forest interspersed with numerous pine trees up to a popular scenic peak, the Guschen (elev. 1,983 m). From the summit cross on the Guschen, our path now takes us over the Schneidergipfel, and across the western flank of the Hochfeld and the striking Schiedeck mountain (2,339 m). The Klammsee and the Brettersee, as well as the eastern wall of the Kammspitze with its dramatically shaped toothed ridgeline, represent the heart of this magnificent path. The hike concludes with numerous small switchbacks, which meander down a steep mountainside to the Ignaz-Mattis-Hütte.
- Variant 1: By public bus from Schladming and Rohrmoos to the Ursprungalm (or by private vehicle from Pichl or Schladming-Rohrmoos. From the Ursprungalm in around 1 hour to the Giglachseehütte or 11/4 hours to the Ignaz-Mattis-Hütte (hut run by the Alpine Association).
- Variant 2: From the Ursprungalm up the so-called “Kranz”. Descent via the Brotrinnl to the Preberhütte. From the Oberhütte, path No. 702 to the Akarscharte (elev. 2,315 m). Opportunity to climb to the summit of the Steirische or Lungauer Kalkspitze (from the Akarscharte ca. 1/2 hour). Followed by a descent via the Znachsattel to the Giglachseehütte or Ignaz-Mattis-Hütte .
Stage 2 - 4 hours To the Giglachseen and the Keinprechthütte
- Variant 1 - via the Rotmandlspitze: Setting out from the Giglachseehütte or the Ignaz-Mattis-Hütte, path No. 702 leads us to the eastern end of the Giglachseen lakes. From here the trail takes us on a moderate climb to the outer Knappenkar, then ascends very steeply in parts to the Rotmandlspitze (2,453 m). From there we continue to the Kruckeckscharte (2,303 m). Here the trail takes us downhill through a series of large hairpin bends until we again come to the beautifully situated Keinprecht-Hütte at 1,872m above sea level.
- Variant 2 - past Duisitzkarsee lake: From the Ignaz-Mattis-Hütte or Giglachseehütte across the Murspitzsattel on path No.775 to the shore of the Duisitzkarsee (1,648 m) with its two famous huts, the Duisitzkarhütte and Fahrlechalm .
Stage 3 - 6 to 9 hours Keinprecht-Hütte - Gollinghütte (long stage)
Departing from the Keinprecht-Hütte, we follow path No. 702 through a large alpine cirque until we reach a fork in the trail. We continue alongside an area of pine trees to the Trockenbrotscharte (2,237 m). Two trail variants are now open to us: either a high trail – which begins at the Landawirtseehütte, or via the regular path to the inner Göriachwinkel. From here the trail goes to the Gollingscharte (2,326 m). From the Gollingscharte there is an opportunity to climb to the summit of the Hochgolling (2,963 m). Any ascent on this summit requires surefootedness, a head for heights, along with alpine experience. From the Gollingscharte, down across a field of ice and scree to the Gollingwinkel. In a quarter of an hour we will make our way across the Götterplatz and come to the Gollinghütte.
Stage 4 - 6 to 8 hours Gollinghütte - Klafferkessel - Preintalerhütte
Immediately after the Gollinghütte we cross the Steinriesenbach. In a series of serpentines, path No. 702 takes us up the Greifenberg. At an elevation of around 2,300 meters, the views open up to all sides. Before us lies Greifenbergsee lake and the summit cross of the Greifenberg (2,618 m). The summit affords us the best views of the Klafferkessel. A steep alpine trail now takes us downhill to the upper Klafferscharte. We continue across fields of snow and scree down to the actually heart of this tour, the Klafferkessel. We now pass countless tarns and pools on the way to the lower Klafferscharte. At this point, a trail takes us in a series of broad loops downhill to the outer Lämmerkar. After crossing the Waldhornbach, we will reach the Preintalerhütte .
Stage 5 - 6 to 8 hours Preintalerhütte - Breitlahnhütte
Shortly after the Preintalerhütte, we cross the Sonntagskarbach. After this comes a fork in the trail, at which point trail No. 702 branches off to the right towards the Trattenscharte where, at an elevation of 2,408 m, we reach the highest point of the tour. A short downhill hike leads us to a small labyrinth of tarns, not dissimilar to the Klafferkessel. Along the south-eastern flanks of the Schareck and above the Stummer Almen, until we come to Karlkirchen, a small rocky dome. We continue to the Lassacheralm and from there either along the hiking trail or following the forestry road through a high forest until we reach the Breitlahnhütte.
Stage 6 - 6 to 7 hours Breitlahnhütte - Hubenbauertörl - Rudolf -Schober-Hütte
From the Breitlahnhütte, we follow path No. 702 towards the Schwarzensee. Before we reach the Schwarzensee, in the area of the Grafenalm the path branches off to the left and leads us via the lower and inner Neualm to the Rantentörl (2,166 m) and subsequently to the Hubenbauertörl. If, after the inner Neualm, you opt for path No. 793, you will make your way directly to the summit of the Predigtstuhl (2,643 m). Mountain experience, surefootedness and a head for heights are an absolute must. After a short descent, we will again meet up with trail No. 702 leading to the, Hubenbauertörl. After a hike taking several hours, filled with lots of ups and downs and beautiful landscapes, we will finally reach the Rudolf-Schober-Hütte (1,667 m).
Stage 7 - 5 to 8 hours Rudolf-Schober-Hütte-Hohensee-St. Nikolai im Sölktal
From the Rudolf-Schober-Hütte, we again follow path No. 702 to the Schimpelscharte. If you are in the mood to conquer yet another summit, you can climb to the top of the Süßleiteck (2,507 m). Once at the same elevation as the Schimpelsee, a not easily distinguishable small trail branches off to the right, taking us steeply uphill to a small alpine gap. On the far side of this gap, we briefly descend a steep mountainside (secured) – the following steep mountainside then leads us in a series of switchbacks up to the summit. Alpine experience and surefootedness are a must. At this point, the hiking path takes us via the Breitenbachsee and Schimpelrücken to the shore of the Hohensee and the Hohenseealm. From the Kreuzsteg on, the path is designed to highlight the region’s abundant waters, following the Bräualmbach to St. Nikolai in Sölktal valley (Gasthof Gamsjäger)