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  • Almweiden am Weg zur Finsterkaralm
    Almweiden am Weg zur Finsterkaralm
    Photo: Roland Gutwenger, Tourismusverband Grimming-Donnersbachtal
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With the chairlift to the middle station or via the marked trail from Christerbauer to Finsterkaralm and Finsterkarsee.
moderate
Distance 5.6 km
2:30 h
384 m
384 m
1,829 m
1,532 m
UNTOUCHED GRACE.You can reach the picturesque lake above the Finsterkaralm on two paths. Via the marked path from Christerbauer or with the chairlift to the middle station. Once you've arrived at the alpine pasture, you'll cross a steeper section of forest and then walk up to the mountain lake on fluffy, soft alpine pasture soil.

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Widehiking to the summit Bärneck, 1 hour from the darklake.
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Author
Barbara Luidold
Update: January 13, 2023
Difficulty
moderate
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
Darklake, 1,829 m
Lowest point
1,532 m
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Track types

Forested/wild trail 2.86%Path 97.13%
Forested/wild trail
0.2 km
Path
5.4 km
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Safety information

  • Plan your tour in advance, taking into account walking time, route length, altitude difference, danger spots and weather forecast.
  • Together is much more beautiful and at the same time safer in the mountains. Do not go alone, if possible, and adapt the tour to the ability of your group.
  • Let them know where you are going and when you want to be back.
  • Also sign hut or summit books.
  • Turn back in good time if the weather deteriorates. If you get caught in a thunderstorm, do not stay on the summit or ridge and stay away from individual trees. Wait out the storm, if possible in a crouching position.
  • Stay on the marked trails and remember to close pasture fences again.
  • Getting up the trail is only half the battle. Stay alert, especially on the descents, to make it back to the valley safely.
  • In case of emergency, keep calm and call the mountain rescue on 140. If you have no reception, take out the sim card and dial 112.
  • If you encounter cows: It is best to pass above the herd with at least 50 meters distance. Stay calm, don't make any frantic movements and don't run away. Do not imitate cow sounds and do not try to pet the animals. A stick and loud shouting can often make the animals turn back in an emergency.
  • If you are a dog owner: Clarify before the hike if you have to cross a pasture. Keep your dog on a leash and make sure he stays calm. If a cow attacks, let the dog off the leash immediately. Never pick him up to defend him.

Tips and hints

Tourism information: www.schladming-dachstein.at

Tourism blog: www.derbergdastal.at

 

 

Tourist Office Schladming-Dachstein

Ramsauerstrasse 756

8970 Schladming

T: +43 3687 23310

info@schladming-dachstein.at

Garbage on meadows and paths can not smell mountain and valley. Please take it with you. Agriculture and forestry are important partners for Berg und Tal. They allow you to walk and drive on many of their paths. Be aware that only good cooperation will guarantee your recreational enjoyment in the future.

Start

Middelstation Riesneralm or Christerbauer (1,570 m)
Coordinates:
DD
47.368153, 14.100729
DMS
47°22'05.4"N 14°06'02.6"E
UTM
33T 432103 5246469
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Destination

Middlestation Riesneralm or Christerbauer

Turn-by-turn directions

First you have the choice: comfortably with the chairlift to the middle station and left away, following the markings over a trail in 45 min or from the beginning sporty on foot in 2.5 hours via Christerbauer up through the forest to Finsterkaralm. From there it's initially over a steeper forest section and further over the alpine pasture to the mountain lake. Peaceful and dreamy it lies before you. Embedded in the magnificent mountain world around. Now you just have to find a nice spot to rest and enjoy and you won't want to leave. Or do you? The way back is via the same path.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Getting there

From the Ennstalbundesstraße (B320) turn off at the Trautenfels junction in the direction of Irdning, Donnersbach, Donnersbachwald. Through the village of Donnersbach and another 12 km to Donnersbachwald to the valley station Riesneralm and 1 kilometer further to Christerbauer.

Parking

Free Parking at the bottom station or parking Christerbauer.

Coordinates

DD
47.368153, 14.100729
DMS
47°22'05.4"N 14°06'02.6"E
UTM
33T 432103 5246469
w3w 
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

  • GRIMMING-DONNERSBACHTAL Hiking & Biking Map. Available free of charge at the tourist offices of Berg & Tal
  • SCHLADMING-DACHSTEIN Hiking Map
  • KOMPASS Hiking Map No. 68, Ausseerland-Ennstal Valley

Equipment

In your weatherproof backpack belong: Sun and rain protection, warm, windproof clothing, drinks and provisions, small first aid kit, hiking map and a fully charged cell phone. Suitable footwear goes without saying.

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
5.6 km
Duration
2:30 h
Ascent
384 m
Descent
384 m
Highest point
1,829 m
Lowest point
1,532 m
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