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Mountain Biking recommended route Stage 4

Trans Nationalpark Et 04 (St.Gallen-Palfau)

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  • nach Weißenbach rechts richtung Vorau
    nach Weißenbach rechts richtung Vorau
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m 1200 1000 800 600 400 200 40 35 30 25 20 15 10 5 km NaturparkResort Haus der Hoamat-Legenden Naturhotel Schloss Kassegg***
Village hopping: via Weißenbach and Großreifling to Palfau - and lonely hills, forests and alpine pastures in between.
Distance 44.1 km
6:30 h
1,256 m
1,228 m
1,045 m
415 m
This stage starts with a downhill run - namely to the neighbouring village of Weißenbach. From there, tranquil forest roads take you above the Enns to the Wolfsbachgraben. Lonely forest roads through even more deserted wooded hills bring you in an up and down to the Erbsattel and further on via the car road down to the village of Großreifling. Now the trail climbs steadily back up to the alpine regions and along the southern slopes of the Gamsstein massif, finally descending to the small hamlet of Palfau.

Author’s recommendation

Charging stations along the stage:

Erbsattel: Naturhotel Schloss Kassegg (for consumption; bring your own charger)Erbsattel: Gasthof Schnabl (for consumption; bring your own charger)Großreifling: "Hoamat" (inn; at consumption; bring your own charger)Refreshment stops:

Naturhotel Schloss Kassegg and Gasthof Schnabl between Erbsattel and Großreifling as well as the "Hoamat" directly in Großreifling.

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Update: September 09, 2022
Highest point
1,045 m
Lowest point
415 m
Best time of year

Track types

Asphalt 1.15%Dirt road 73.88%Forested/wild trail 1.19%Path 0.23%Road 23.53%
0.5 km
Dirt road
32.6 km
Forested/wild trail
0.5 km
0.1 km
10.4 km
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Rest stops

Hensle, Gasthof
Raftingcamp Palfau
Schnabl, Gasthof
Naturfreundehütte Palfau
Naturhotel Schloss Kassegg***
NaturparkResort Haus der Hoamat-Legenden

Safety information

Fair-Play- Rules for mountain bikers

Mountain biking is an exciting sport and nature experience! It can quickly happen that you forget everything around you. But be careful, you are not alone on the trails! A sensible and considerate riding style is a guarantee for a safe and accident-free mountain biking experience. A few simple rules help to avoid conflicts in the first place


Cycling and mountain biking in the National Park area is only allowed in the period from 15 April to 31 October 2 hours after sunrise to 1 hour before sunset!

Exception is the Langfirst mountain bike trail, here the biking season only starts on June 1st.

Riding is only allowed on the approved and marked paths! Driving bans and closures also apply to mountain bikers.Attention to other nature users! Approach hikers or riders slowly and use your bell if necessary.

Avoid unnecessary noise and show consideration for the animals. This also includes riding only in daylight.

Mountain bikers are guests in the forest - behave accordingly respectfully towards landowners, foresters and hunters. The approach to grazing animals should be at walking pace to avoid panic reactions of the animals. Important - After passing through, all pasture gates must be closed!

Leave nature as you would like to find it yourself - without litter, this belongs in the trash can.On all mountain bike routes the road traffic regulations (StVO) apply. Always ride responsibly and with foresight. The bike must be technically perfect and equipped accordingly (brakes, lights, bell).

Tips and hints

 Es wird empfohlen, sich vor der Buchung mit dem Trail Info- & Buchungscenter in Verbindung zu setzen.


Tourismusverband Steyr und die Nationalpark Region

 Stadtplatz 27,  4400 Steyr

 Infobüro: Reichraming

 Tel.: +43 7252 53229-40


Tourismusverband Gesäuse

Hauptstraße 35, 8911 Admont, Österreich

Tel. +43 (0) 3613 21160 10



Ortszentrum St.Gallen (510 m)
47.691460, 14.616840
47°41'29.3"N 14°37'00.6"E
33T 471247 5282079
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GH. Stiegenwirt Palfau

Turn-by-turn directions

Start at the main square of St. Gallen in front of the municipal office. The start of the stage takes you north out of the main square: you follow the road towards Weißenbach, but before the descent gets steeper, turn right into a smaller road that runs parallel. Soon a gravel path leads down diagonally to the left, which brings you back to the large road parallel above it.

You have now arrived in Weißenbach: Take the main road through the village; at the end of the houses, don't miss the turnoff to the right onto the small parallel road, which you follow for a short distance until you reach the Enns. Turn right across a bridge over a stream and continue along the small asphalt road past lonely farms and later above the Enns for quite a while until a forest road branches off sharply to the right. Follow this forest road for about 250 m along the Wolfsbachgraben, sometimes quite steeply, until you reach a saddle. Choose the forest road that branches off diagonally to the left and follow it for quite a while until you reach a sharp ridge. From here, the forest road continues downhill until you reach the Erbsattel, where you again meet a large asphalt road. Take this road to the left up to the highest point of the saddle and then - passing Kassegg Castle - roll downhill all the way to Großreifling.

At the crossroads at the beginning of the village, keep left downhill until you reach a large crossroads at the end of the village. Here, turn right onto the large road and follow it past a weir on the Salza River until you reach a gravel parking area on the right side of the road. Right here, on the other side of the road, a gravel road turns sharply left, which you follow uphill through a sharp bend to a fork in the forest road. Take the right-hand forest road, first briefly downhill and then in many serpentines up the mountain to another forest road junction at a small saddle. Turn into the right forest road and follow it along the slopes for quite a long time - first slightly downhill past a hunting lodge, then slightly uphill and finally downhill again - until you reach another saddle called "Gamssteinhals".

Now follow the left forest road along the slopes of the Gamsstein, slightly uphill past the Naturfreundehütte and at some point slightly downhill again to above the Moaralm and to another fork in the forest road. The right-hand forest road takes you downhill for a while until you turn diagonally right onto a smaller forest path that takes you down to Palfau in many serpentines.


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Public transport

Getting there

Anreise von Wien: Westautobahn A1 (Ausfahrt Amstetten Nord), dann Weiterfahrt auf Bundesstraßen über Waid- hofen/Ybbs, Weyer (B121) und Altenmarkt an der Enns, Weißenbach an der Enns, St. Gallen (B115).

Anreise von Graz und Linz: Pyhrnautobahn A9 (Ausfahrt Admont-Gesäuse) bei Ardning Anreise von Salzburg: Tauernautobahn A10 und Ennstal-Bundesstraße B146 über Schladming und Liezen.


großer Parkplatz im Ortszentrum vorhanden!


47.691460, 14.616840
47°41'29.3"N 14°37'00.6"E
33T 471247 5282079
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Maps and information material at all information points in the national parks

Author’s map recommendations


A first aid kit is included in the rucksack as well as a mobile phone (Euro-emergency call 112), a repair kit, warming clothes, rain protection, light and sufficient food and drink.

Gloves and glasses protect hands and eyes.

Maps or GPS are valuable orientation aids.

Uphill and downhill always wear a helmet!

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44.1 km
6:30 h
1,256 m
1,228 m
Highest point
1,045 m
Lowest point
415 m
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