Long-Distance Hiking recommended route Stage 31

Salzburger Almenweg - Stage 31

Long-Distance Hiking · Tennengebirge
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  • Blick zurück auf die Bischofsmütze
    / Blick zurück auf die Bischofsmütze
    Photo: Anita Bott, H. Raffalt
  • / Dr. Heinrich Hackl Hütte
    Photo: Anita Bott, H. Raffalt
  • / Blick auf die Elmaualm
    Photo: Anita Bott, H. Raffalt
  • / Hacklhütte 1531 m
    Photo: Karl Linecker, ÖAV Sektion Linz
  • / Einkehren- und Übernachtungsmöglichkeit auf der Hackl Hütte
    Photo: Anita Bott, H. Raffalt
  • / Brandstättalm
    Photo: Anita Bott, H. Raffalt
  • / Wegkreuz
    Photo: Anita Bott, H. Raffalt
  • / Weg zur Dr. Heinrich Hackl Hütte
    Photo: Anita Bott, H. Raffalt
  • / Wegkreuz Nähe GH Mahdegg
    Photo: Alois Herzig, DAV Sektion Teisendorf
m 1500 1000 500 14 12 10 8 6 4 2 km Elmaualm Kreuz beim PP des GH Mahdegg Bahnhof Pfarrwerfen
Hiking "along impressive cliffs to the Salzach"
Distance 15.4 km
7:00 h
673 m
1,670 m
Characteristics: Two long descents, hiking poles are recommended, one climb via anarrow path

Author’s recommendation

Our sightseeing tip: Werfenweng: Salzburg State Ski Museum, Eiskogel Cave

Pfarrwerfen: "Seven Mills" open-air museum

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Update: August 26, 2020
Highest point
1,570 m
Lowest point
525 m
Best time of year

Rest Stop

Kreuz beim PP des GH Mahdegg

Safety information

1. Before each tour the mountain experience and physical fitness of all participants,both adults and children, must be checked. Mountain hiking often demandssure-footedness and a head for heights.

2. Each mountain tour should be carefully planned using tour descriptions andmaps. Crucial information from Alpine clubs, locals, mountain guides and hutowners is especially helpful.

3. The appropriate equipment and clothing are required for mountain hiking,especially sturdy high shoes with non-slip soles. Since the weather in themountains often changes quickly, rain and cold weather protection are also veryimportant.

4. For safety reasons, your host or hotelier should be informed of both the plannedroute and destination of your tour before departure, as well as the expectedtime of return.

5. The speed of the tour must be adapted to the weakest members of the group.Especially at the beginning of the tour, pay special attention to especially slowwalking. Be sure to observe other participants to ensure that exhaustion canbe detected in time.

6. Do not leave the marked trails. To avoid falls, pay attention even in light terrain.Be careful when walking on steep grass slopes, especially when wet. Crossingof steep snow fields or glaciers is particularly dangerous.

7. The displacement of rocks must be avoided, to prevent injury to other hikers.Areas of potential rock-falls should be passed as soon as possible and withoutstopping.

8. If the weather turns, fog appears, the trail becomes too difficult or in poorcondition, you should turn back. This is no disgrace, but rather a sign of reason.

9. If an accident occurs, keep calm. In some cases, you can help yourself. If not, trycalling for help by phone, shouting, with lights or waving with large pieces ofclothing. An injured person should generally not be moved from the accidentsite and must never be left alone.

10. The mountains are there for everyone. To help in their conservation andcleanliness, is the duty of every mountain hiker. You should take your wastewith you down into the valley, and the flora and fauna should be protected.

11. Behaviour with animals: on the mountain pastures there are cows, calves, sheep,and horses etc. Don’t annoy the animals, but behave "normally" and show nofear. Stay on the Alpine trails and keep your distance from animals.

12. Hikers with dogs should always have them on a lead. Dogs absolutely must notbe allowed to ‘hunt’ the grazing animals, mother cows are especially anxiousfor their calves. Should the dog however be attacked by a grazing animal, youmay allow it to run for its own safety.

Source: UIAA/VAVÖAlpine Rescue: Call 140

International Rescue: Call 112

Tips and hints

More information under www.salzburger-almenweg.at/en


Dr Heinrich Hackel-Hütte (1,526 m)
47.484071, 13.290369
47°29'02.7"N 13°17'25.3"E
33T 371204 5260376


Train stop in Pfarrwerfen

Turn-by-turn directions

From the Dr. Heinrich Hackel-Hütte, we must now descend to the Wengerau in order to make our way to the other side of the valley. We won’t find any high trails at the valley head, since the latter was formed by steep rock walls. Once at the bottom, we take the supply road towards Wengerau (valley head). After 800 m we turn off to the Gamsblickalm. We now climb once more, tackling the 500 vertical meters up to the Elmaualm, noting that the pathway is very damp in some spots. After another 800 m, shortly before the spring, a path heads off to the right and up to the Werfener Hütte. Since this is located beneath the rocky cliff face oft he Hochthron, a sign by the spring reads that hikers might wish to take a canteenof water with them - nice to know that we’ll be rewarded by a glass of schnapps formaking it to the top! We now begin, however, the long descent to Pfarrwerfen. After the Alpengasthof Mahdegg, we leave the access road, taking the footpath down to the right. After crossing a small stream (don’t turn on the path prior to the stream!), we will continue making our way towards the valley along a narrow road until we get to the Samerhof. Right after this, the trail crosses a meadow and takes us to the forest’s edge, where a path now leads us to Lehen. At the fish ponds in Lehen, we turn off towards the Prandbauer, from where a path leads to the Wengergraben. We now make our way through the damp and narrow Wengergraben, hiking out of the valley to Pfarrwerfen.


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Information under www.oebb.at/en


    Parking information under Werfenweng T. O.: Tel. +43 (0)6466 4200, Pfarrwerfen T. O.: Tel. +43 (0)6468 5390


47.484071, 13.290369
47°29'02.7"N 13°17'25.3"E
33T 371204 5260376
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Order our Salzburger Almenweg Hiking Map in English for free online under www.salzburger-almenweg.at/en

Author’s map recommendations



Our equipment tips:

  •  Good shoes/boots
  • Rain gear
  • Underwear that wicks away sweat 
  • Lightweight trousers
  • Hiking socks
  • Hiking boots
  • Head covering
  • Eye protection
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun cream
  • Rucksack (padded straps, plenty of back ventilation)
  • First-aid kit
  • Cereal bar, drinks
  • Hiking pole

Basic Equipment for Long-Distance Hikes

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Hiking socks  
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Blister kit
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID

Camping Equipment

  • Tent (3- or 4-season)
  • Stove (including fuel and utensils)
  • Sleeping mat. Sleeping bag with suitable temperature rating.
  • Food
  • Toiletries and medication
  • Toilet paper

Things to Bring if Staying in a Mountain Hut

  • Toiletries and medication
  • Quick-drying towel  
  • Ear plugs
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Sleepwear
  • Alpine club membership card if applicable / ID
  • Coronavirus mask and hand sanitizer
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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15.4 km
7:00 h
673 m
1,670 m
Multi-stage route Scenic Refreshment stops available Family-friendly Cultural/historical interest Geological highlights


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