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Preintalerhütte chalet via Alpine Trail through "Höll" gorge

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  • View from the wooden bridge gapping Riesach waterfall below the Lower waterfalls
    View from the wooden bridge gapping Riesach waterfall below the Lower waterfalls
    Photo: Herbert Raffalt, Tourismusverband Schladming - Herbert Raffalt
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An adventurous hiking tour passing waterfalls and mountain torrents. Starting at Almgasthaus Riesachfall inn in Untertal valley you hike up through the "Höll" gorge to Riesachsee Lake and further to Preintalerhütte chalet.

This route passes through an inaccessible area and is therefore closed. Current information

closed
moderate
Distance 13.2 km
5:00 h
653 m
654 m
1,656 m
1,079 m

„Wild Waters“ – this is obviously the right title for this hiking tour. Just after 5 minutes you reach the first viewing platform and are welcomed by the noisy water. Along the Alpine trail you cross the imposing 50 m cable footbridge, at the 70m high Riesach waterfall and you come across several viewing platforms, which grant magnificent views along the “Höll”. The cable footbridge, which is the absolute highlight of this tour, and the viewing platforms grant truly memorable experiences.

After you have mastered the alpine trail, you reach the romantic Gfölleralm chalet, with the deep green Riesachsee Lake in the backdrop. At Preintalerhütte chalet you have truly deserved a break.

Author’s recommendation

  • For those who still have enough time and stamina, we recommend the ascent to the two Sonntagskarseen Lakes. Duration: approximately 2 hours roundtrip.
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Gerhard Pilz
Update: November 15, 2022
Difficulty
moderate
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Stamina
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Landscape
Highest point
Preintalerhütte chalet, 1,656 m
Lowest point
Seeleiten car park, 1,079 m
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Track types

Forested/wild trail 1.10%Path 10.46%Unknown 88.42%
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1.4 km
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11.6 km
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Safety information

Take care at the alpine path - due to wetnes the steps can be very slippery.

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

Information about the water trails "Wild Waters": www.wildewasser.com

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Start

Hiking trail head Seeleiten car park, Untertal (1,086 m)
Coordinates:
DD
47.327031, 13.759898
DMS
47°19'37.3"N 13°45'35.6"E
UTM
33T 406297 5242252
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Destination

Preintalerhütte and Waldhornalm chalets

Turn-by-turn directions

You start your hiking tour at Almgasthaus Riesachfall inn. Already at the beginning of the tour you are welcomed by the noisy water. The Alpine trail “durch die Höll” (through hell) with countless steps and stairs, located close to the rapid, untamed waters of the stream, requires surefootedness. Especially when crossing the imposing 50 m cable footbridge you should be free from giddiness. Afterwards you continue via steps and ladders to Gfölleralm chalet. From here on the path no. 777 leads you along the bank of the Riesachsee Lake to several alpine chalets.

Shortly after Berallerhütte chalet at Kotalm a moderately steep ascent along the wild rushing stream takes you to Preintalerhütte and Waldhornalm chalets, which are situated at an intersection of many hiking trails. The return route is the same way.

If the alpine trail “durch die Höll” sounds a little too adventurous for you, we recommend to hike to Riesachsee Lake along the forest lane. 

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

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

Getting there

From Schladming take provincial highway L722 (Rohrmoosstraße road) to Rohrmoos and at the roundabout continue on provincial highway L723 (Tälerstraße road) to Untertal village. At the end of the village keep left on "Untertalstraße" road and follow it to the valley head of Untertal valley at Seeleiten car park.

Parking

Seeleiten car park at the valley head of Untertal.

There is a parking fee on the public parking spaces in Untertal valley.

Coordinates

DD
47.327031, 13.759898
DMS
47°19'37.3"N 13°45'35.6"E
UTM
33T 406297 5242252
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

  • 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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Status
closed
Difficulty
moderate
Distance
13.2 km
Duration
5:00 h
Ascent
653 m
Descent
654 m
Highest point
1,656 m
Lowest point
1,079 m
Public-transport-friendly Out and back Scenic Refreshment stops available Geological highlights Botanical highlights Secured passages

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