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Hiking Trail head Seeleiten car park, UntertalPhoto: Herbert Raffalt, Tourismusverband Schladming - Herbert Raffalt
This route passes through an inaccessible area and is therefore closed. Current information
Highlights of the tour:
- Riesach waterfalls and alpine trail through "Höll" gorge
- Mountain lakes Riesachsee and Sonntagskarseen Lakes
Please note: The Alpinsteig is NOT suitable for dogs - tip: bypassing on the forest road to Riesachsee
Changes in weather patterns, quick falls in temperature, thunderstorms, wind, fog and snow are some of the dangers that can be encountered on a hiking tour. Hosts of alpine huts and mountain refuges have a lot of experience in the mountains and can give good advice about weather and the trails. Poor equipment, overestimation of one's own capabilities, carelessness, poor personal constitution and/or wrong judgement can lead to critical situations. In case of thunderstorms: avoid summits, ridges and steel ropes.
GPS data and orienteering
Available GPS data - just like hiking maps - is only a guidance for orientation and can never depict a trail exactly with all its details. Especially at dangerous spots it is essential to judge on site how to proceed.
In an emergency please call:
- 140 - for Alpine emergencies (all over Austria)
- 112 - European GSM emergency number
Tips and hints
Tourist information: www.schladming.com
Information about bus schedules: www.planaibus.at
360° drone images
Get yourself an overview with our 360° drone images:
- Ascent to Preintalerhütte: https://vonoben.schladming-dachstein.at/sommer/index.php?S=317
- View over Riesachsee Lake: https://vonoben.schladming-dachstein.at/sommer/index.php?S=318
From Seeleiten car park follow trail n° 777 up to Riesach waterfall. From there follow the alpine trail through "Höll" gorge to Gfölleralm chalet. From there walk past Riesachsee Lake and pass by Kaltenbachalm and Berallerhütte chalets on the way to Preintalerhütte and Waldhornalm chalets. From the Preintalerhütte the route leads along the flat valley floor to the steep steps, and then ascends to the lower Sonntagskarsee Lake. Along the lake follow route no. 784; then gently uphill to the upper Sonntagskarsee Lake. The mighty summits of Waldhorn and Kieseck of the Sonntagskar, with its high flanks make certain that even in mid-summer there is a layer of ice on the lakes, giving it an arctic character. Return on the same path.
Public-transport-friendlyWith the Planai buses from Schladming (Planet-Planai, Lendplatz) or Rohrmoos (Rohrmoos-Zentrum) to Untertal valley - bus stop "Riesachwasserfall" at Seeleiten car park.
- Buses of Planai-Hochwurzen-Bahnen: www.planaibus.at
Getting thereFrom Schladming take provincial highway L722 (Rohrmoosstraße road) to Rohrmoos and at the roundabout continue on provincial highway L723 (Tälerstraße road) towards Untertal. Once you reach the village of Untertal keep on going towards Untertal valley and Seeleiten car park at its valley head.
ParkingSeeleiten car park at the valley head of Untertal.
Book recommendation by the author
- Magazine "Wild Waters", available at the tourist office Schladming.
Author’s map recommendations
- 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.
EquipmentA well-packed backpack is helpful and especially when touring Alpine terrain a tuque, gloves, a windproof jacket and pants are standard equipment. Good, waterproof shoes, sun glasses, sun cream and sufficient beverages are essential too. Torch light, a map of the area, knie and a small first-aid kit should also be in the backpack.
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