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Miners' Trail

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  • Rohrmooser Frei - an alpine meadow directly in Rohrmoos
    Rohrmooser Frei - an alpine meadow directly in Rohrmoos
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Glück auf! (Traditional miners' greeting). This hike runs along the historic miners' trail into Obertal valley.
easy
Distance 9.3 km
3:00 h
204 m
127 m
1,105 m
954 m
Miners' trail starts in the center of Rohrmoos (or the village of Untertal respectively) and leads you along the Obertal valley to Hopfriesen, where the ruins of a historic nickel smelting furnace are nowadays adapted as the "Nickel Museum", in which you can take guided tours on Wednesday and Friday mornings.

Author’s recommendation

Join a guided mine hike

If you register in advance, you have the opportunity to take part in a guided tour of the “Bromriesenstollen” mine, which is close to the tour. Further information about the Nickel Museum and mine tours is available at the tourist office in Schladming or at www.wildewasser.com.

Refreshment stop

The closests inn is the Eschachhütt'n Inn in Eschachalm (approximately 2 kms into the valley along the dirt road).

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Gerhard Pilz
Update: February 08, 2022
Difficulty
easy
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
forestry road near Nickel Museum, 1,105 m
Lowest point
Royer farm, Obertal, 954 m
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Track types

Asphalt 25.16%Forested/wild trail 65.49%Path 9.33%
Asphalt
2.3 km
Forested/wild trail
6.1 km
Path
0.9 km
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Rest stops

Wehrhofalm

Safety information

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: www.schladming.com

Information about bus schedules: www.planaibus.at

Start

Hiking trail head Rohrmoos village or hiking trail head Untertal village (985 m)
Coordinates:
DD
47.382825, 13.668632
DMS
47°22'58.2"N 13°40'07.1"E
UTM
33T 399507 5248566
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Destination

Nickel Museum, Hopfriesen

Turn-by-turn directions

From the hiking trail head in the village of Rohrmoos (opposite of hotel Erlebniswelt) you walk up Rohrmoosstraße along the sidewalk for about 300 m towards Hochwurzen. Then you make a left and walk up to Schussbühel and across the meadows of Rohrmoser Frei into Obertal. The Dachstein massif behind you, the Schladminger Tauern mountains ahead, where miners used to dig for silver and nickel. Passing by Hocheggerhof you follow the Obertalbach creek into the valley. For refreshment just stretch your legs into the cold waters :) At Wehrhofalm you cross over the bridge and continue on to the Nickel Museum in Hopfriesen. This former smelting furnace gives you insights into the life of miners back then. If you like you can hike on to Eschachhütt'n Inn (an additional 30 minutes). Along the route there are several bus stops back to the villages of Untertal and Rohrmoos and to Schladming.

Alternative trail head Untertal village

From the hiking trail head pass by the elementary school in Untertal and hike up to Ahornweg road. Passing some beautiful farms you hike into the Obertal valley. Once you reach Hocheggerhof farm follow the directions above.

Alternative „Small Miners's Trail“ (walking time approximately 1.5 hours)

In the beginning the same as Miner's Trail. Approximately 400 m after Royer farm make a right onto the forestry road and hike up to the 6th hairpin where you make a right onto the forest trail. Passing by the Schlapfer farm you reach the "Mushroom Town" of the Mushroom Trail Rohrmoos and via a forestry road head back to the meadows of Rohrmooser Frei. From there you descend back to Schussbühel and the starting point.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

With the Planai buses from Schladming (Planet-Planai, Lendplatz) to Rohrmoos (Rohrmoos-Zentrum) or the village of Untertal - bus stop "Untertal-Dorf".

Getting there

From Schladming take provincial highway L722 (Rohrmoosstraße) to the village of Rohrmoos and the hiking trail head there. Alternatively turn off L722 at the roundabout and follow provincial highway L723 (Tälerstraße) to the hiking trail head in the village of Untertal.

Parking

Parking is available at either of the two hiking trail heads.

Coordinates

DD
47.382825, 13.668632
DMS
47°22'58.2"N 13°40'07.1"E
UTM
33T 399507 5248566
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

  • Tourist map "Hiking - Running - Walking", available at the tourist office Schladming.
  • Magazine "Wild Waters", available at the tourist office 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.

Equipment

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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Difficulty
easy
Distance
9.3 km
Duration
3:00 h
Ascent
204 m
Descent
127 m
Highest point
1,105 m
Lowest point
954 m
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