Giglachseen Trail is a relatively short trail. However it is technically demanding in high alpine terrain with about 14 km length and 840 m/1.078 m in vertical gains/losses.
The Giglachseen Trail is a trailrun of the "x-Treme" category and is only suitable for very advanced trailruners and pros. The route almost exclusively runs along narrow paths and high alpine trails. Some sections have steel ropes for security reasons while you are running through highly exposed terrain. On top of that, you may encounter residual snow fields on some passages also during the early summer months.
Via Hochwurzen High Trail and Giglachseen Lakes, Giglachseen Trail takes you to Ursprungalm where you can catch the bus back to Rohrmoos and Schladming. At Ursprungalm, well-trained runners can also conntect to "Laubschachen Trail" (trail #8), which takes you back to the valley terminal of Hochwurzen cable-car.
At Ursprungalm you can connect to Laubschachen Trail (trail #8, 11.3 km, 303 m/787 m in vertical gains/losses).
Rest stopsGiglachsee Hütte
Giglachseen Trail is an exposed single track in high-alpine exposed terrain with significant gains. While the distance (14 km) is relatively short, the trail is only suitable for runners in good physical condition with alpine experience. Appropriate equipment as well as good tour planning are indispensable.
Changes in weather patterns, quick falls in temperature, thunderstorms, wind, fog and snow are some of the dangers that can be encountered on a route in high alpine terrain. 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
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
Further helpful links
Tourist information: www.schladming.com
Information about bus schedules (to Hochwurzen cable-car and from Ursprungalm): www.planaibus.at
Information about cable-car hours (Gipfelbahn Hochwurzen cable-car): www.planai.at
By roadTake provincial highway L722 from Schladming to Rohrmoos until you reach the Hochwurzen cable-car.
ParkingParking is available at the valley terminal of the Hochwurzen cable-car.
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Very good trailrunning shoes required. Moreover, on this route, you should bring along at least the following basic equipment:
- hydration bladder
- first-aid kit
- energy bars
Weather at the route's trailhead
- 21 Waypoints
- 21 Waypoints