From Ursprungalm chalets in Preuneggtal valley to Hochwurzen via Giglachseen Lakes and the High Trail Hochwurzen. The Dachstein Massif is always in your view and your "constant companion"!
The High Trail from Ursprungalm to Hochwurzen is one of the most popular Alpine hikes in the Schladminger Tauern. For most of the hike you got the Dachstein massif in view. Giglachseen and Brettersee Lakes are highlights on the way as are the summits of Schiedeck, Hochfeld and Guschen. From Hochwurzen you descend to the valley with Gipfelbahn Hochwurzen cable-car - keep an eye on the operating times!
The route takes you on mountain trails across alpine pastures with some rocky sections, and a section through a forest of pines and larches. There are several huts and chalets inviting for refreshments: Ursprungalm chalet, Giglachseehütte chalet, Ignaz-Mattis-Hütte chalet and Hochwurzenhütte Inn.
Points of Interest:
- Historic Roman trail to Giglachseen Lakes
- Bettersee and Klammsee Lakes
- Schiedeck, Hochfeld and Guschen summits
- Along Hochwurzen High Trail there are several oppotunities to shorten the hike and descend to the valley. This way, you can also start the hike when weather conditions are not totally reliable. Possibilities for an earlier descent:
- Near Hochfeld summit to Oberen Neudeggalm/Ursprungalm chalets
- From Latterfußsattel mountain saddle to Untere Neudeggalm chalet/Hotel Winterer
- From Latterfußsattel mountain saddle to Obertal/Rohrmoos
- From Hüttecksattel mountain saddle to Hotel Winterer/Rohrmoos
- Take enough drinks with you on the way - due to the topography of the trail there is no reliable fresh water source between Brettersee Lake and Hochwurzenhütte Inn.
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
Information about cable-car hours: www.planai.at
360° drone images
Get yourself an overview with our 360° drone images:
- Hochwurzen, Rossfeld & Guschen: https://vonoben.schladming-dachstein.at/sommer/index.php?S=305
- Hochfeld and Schiedeck: https://vonoben.schladming-dachstein.at/sommer/index.php?S=306
- View over Giglachkar cirque: https://vonoben.schladming-dachstein.at/sommer/index.php?S=307
- Giglachseen and Kalkspitzen summits: https://vonoben.schladming-dachstein.at/sommer/index.php?S=308
- Lower Giglachsee Lake and Vetternkar cirque: https://vonoben.schladming-dachstein.at/sommer/index.php?S=309
By roadFrom Schladming into the direction of Rohrmoos, at the roundabout Rohrmoos straight ahead to the Hochwurzen cable car. From here we recommend to take the Planai bus.
ParkingParking is available at the valley terminal of Hochwurzen cable car.
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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.
Weather at the route's trailhead
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