A long hike from Kreischberg to the Frauenalpe, offering superb views on alpine meadows and paths, making a wonderful tour for endurance hikers.
Distance 21.3 km
Highest point2,171 m
Lowest point1,584 m
This hike is only recommended for experienced hikers, as it requires plenty of stamina and good planning. However, your efforts are duly rewarded with eight consecutive peaks and a glorious panoramic view. Walking from Kreischberg to the Frauenalpe, you can enjoy the peace of the mountains and idyllic vistas along the entire route. You will meet very few people, if any. Please pack enough food and, above all, ample water for this long tour, as there is nowhere to stop for refreshments on the way. You can start this tour by cable car, completing the first section by gondola lift, or from the Rieglerhütte (you can drive up the access road on opening days) and start your hike at the tree line. After reaching the first peak on the Kreischberg, the route leads gently up and down along the ridge to the Frauenalpe. We advise arranging pick-up from the Murauerhütte, or parking your car there in advance.
Starting point at the Rieglerhütte/mountain station for the Kreischberg 6-seater gondola lift (1,760m), Hiking Trail 3 runs partly along the ski slope to the Kreischberg summit under the Schirmbar (1,981m) and on to the Rosenkranzhöhe (2,118m) peak. From there, the route passes into a small dip. The climb up to the Kirbisch (2,140m) peak begins here. Then it's on to the Kirbischhals, followed by the Seeriegel (2,120m). This is the only point with views of the Hauserersee lake. Continue over the Seeriegel to the Goldachnock (at 2,171m), the highest peak on the hike. From here, we continue walking to the Schattloch and the Prankerhöhe (2,166), the most striking peak on the tour. The route continues to the Teringerloch, then to the Schwarmbrunnhöhe (2,120m), the Seebodenhöhe and the Ursch. The ascent to the Ackerlhöhe (2,040m) begins here, then it's on to the Turnhoferhütte and the Troghütte (1,816m). From the Troghütte, the route continues to the Murmelfelsen with cross (1,880m). Please look out for the signpost "Frauenalpe no. 2". A post marker points the way to the Frauenalpe. The descent runs from the summit via the Bernhard-Fest-Hütte, passing the Käsereihütte and finally the Murauerhütte. To get back to the valley, follow Trail 132/109 to Murau (duration: approx. 1 3/4 hours.). You can also get to Murau from the Frauenalpe by taxi.
all notes on protected areas
The starting point of St. Lorenzen am Kreischberg is easy to reach by train and bus. More information available at www.oebb.at. The Rieglerhütte cannot be accessed by public transport.
Free hiking maps are available at the tourist information offices in Murau and Kreischberg.
Sturdy footwear with high-grip soles, protection against the rain, the cold and the sun, enough drink, hiking maps, emergency equipment (dressings, blister pads, etc.)
Packing your rucksack properly makes things much easier: pack heavy items first. Your water bottle should always be stored within reach in a side pocket. Items used often, such as sun glasses, camera, maps, etc., go on top.
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