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Hochgolling - 2,862 m

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  • Alp road to Steinriesental valley near Untere Steinwendalm
    Alp road to Steinriesental valley near Untere Steinwendalm
    Photo: Gerhard Pilz, Gerhard Pilz
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Hochgolling is the highest peak of the Niedere Tauern range. Surefootedness and head for heights are a must!
Distance 18.4 km
9:30 h
1,818 m
1,818 m
2,862 m
1,075 m

For experienced hikers the summit ascent to Hochgolling is a rewarding tour. Already while approaching the mountain it has a special appeal due to its 1,200 m high North face, standing dark and almost menacing above the natural amphitheatre of "Gollingwinkel". The view from the summit is outstanding - especially to the South, but also to the Dachstein in the North and to the East, where mountains string towards the horizon.

Trail characteristics:

From Seeleiten car park at first on a forest lane, then a hiking trail up to Gollingwinkel, from there an alpine trail. Surefootedness, and a head for heights are required! Be careful with snowfields, especially in the mornings when they are still frozen from the night. Remember to bring along snacks and drinks for the long hike!

Alpine chalets and refreshment stops:

  • Almgasthaus Riesachfall inn
  • Gollinghütte chalet

Points of Interest:

  • Steinriesental valley
  • Gollinghütte chalet
  • Natural amphitheatre "place of the gods" Gollingwinkel
  • Gollingscharte ridge
  • Hochgolling summit
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Update: January 23, 2023
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Highest point
Hochgolling, 2,862 m
Lowest point
Seeleiten car park, 1,075 m
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Safety information

Surefootedness, and a head for heights are required! Be careful with snowfields, especially in the mornings when they are still frozen from the night. Remember to bring along snacks and drinks for the long hike!

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:

Information about bus schedules:



In case you want to join/hire a mountain guide we recommend contacting a local alpine school or mountain guide:

Alpine school Schladming | Herbert Raffalt
Certified mountain and ski guide - Alpine photographer – author
+43 (0)664 8980895 |

Mountain and ski school Monte Krah | Gerhard Resch
Certified mountain and ski guide, certified skiing instructor
+43(0)664 1400439 |

Mountain and Adventure School | Heli Rettensteiner
Certified mountain and ski guide
+43 (0)6454 7624 or +43 (0)664 95 05 363 |

Patrick Laszlo
Certified mountain and ski guide
+43 (0)664 42 51 234 |


Hiking trail head Seeleiten car park, Untertal (1,074 m)
47.327414, 13.759227
47°19'38.7"N 13°45'33.2"E
33T 406247 5242295


Hiking trail head Seeleiten car park, Untertal

Turn-by-turn directions

Trail head of the tour is at Seeleiten car park at the valley head of Untertal valley. From Almgasthaus Riesachfall inn you start your hike on the forest lane towards Gollinghütte. At first through a pine forest, later over a nice alpine meadow you hike to Untere Steinwendalm, where you pass by and soon reach Laberer Boden, an alpine meadow with a pond where Hochgolling reflects on the surface.

You continue along the forest lane that mostly runs along the Steinriesenbach creek to the ropeway for material transport to Gollinghütte chalet. The forest lane ends here and you continue on the hiking trail to Gollinghütte chalet, where it's time for a first small break. From the chalet you continue on trail n° 702 to Gollingwinkel. This flat, alpine meadow is framed by the dark, steep rock faces of the surrounding mountains.

Now follow the trail signs n° 702/778, ascending steeply over scree to Gollingscharte ridge. Snowfields are possible here to the mid of summer. In several switchbacks the trail takes you up to the ridge, which is a good spot for a break.

From Gollingscharte you keep left and ascend further to the summit via several rock shoulders and gruff gorges along the West face. In the last third of the ascent the difficult ascent via the West ridge turns off from the standard trail (historic route). The West ridge offers a couple of easy climbing sections.

For the way back take the same route. At Gollinghütte you have earned yourself an extensive break.


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Public transport


With the Planai buses from Schladming (Planet-Planai, Lendplatz) or Rohrmoos (Rohrmoos-Zentrum) to the valley head of Untetal - bus stop "Riesachwasserfall" at Seeleiten car park.

Getting there

From Schladming take provincial highway L722 (Rohrmoosstraße road) to Rohrmoos and at the roundabout continue on provincial highway L723 (Tälerstraße road) towards Untertal. In the village keep left and continue on "Untertalstraße" road to Seeleiten car park at the valley head.


Parking is available at Seeleiten car park at the valley head.

There is a parking fee at Seeleiten car park.


47.327414, 13.759227
47°19'38.7"N 13°45'33.2"E
33T 406247 5242295
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

  • Wanderführer Schladming-Dachstein von Herbert Raffalt, erhältlich im Tourismusverband 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.


A 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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When did you do this route? August 16, 2013

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18.4 km
9:30 h
1,818 m
1,818 m
Highest point
2,862 m
Lowest point
1,075 m
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