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High Trail Ursprungalm - Giglachseen - Hochwurzen

Mountain Hike · Schladming-Dachstein
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  • Hiking Trail head Ursprungalm, Preuneggtal valley
    / Hiking Trail head Ursprungalm, Preuneggtal valley
    Photo: Tourismusverband Schladming, Tourismusverband Schladming
  • Ursprungalm chalets - Preuneggtal valley
    / Ursprungalm chalets - Preuneggtal valley
    Photo: Herbert Raffalt, Herbert Raffalt
  • Ascent to Preuneggsattel mountain saddle via the historic Roman trail
    / Ascent to Preuneggsattel mountain saddle via the historic Roman trail
    Photo: Gerhard Pilz, Gerhard Pilz - www.gpic.at
  • Stone pile waypoint at Preuneggsattel mountain saddle in Preuneggtal valley
    / Stone pile waypoint at Preuneggsattel mountain saddle in Preuneggtal valley
    Photo: Gerhard Pilz, Gerhard Pilz
  • Giglachsee Hütte chalet, Preuneggtal valley
    / Giglachsee Hütte chalet, Preuneggtal valley
    Photo: Herbert Raffalt, Herbert Raffalt
  • Upper and Lower Giglachsee Lakes
    / Upper and Lower Giglachsee Lakes
    Photo: Herbert Raffalt, Tourismusverband Schladming
  • / Giglachseen Lakes in high summer
    Photo: Herbert Raffalt, Tourismusverband Schladming - Herbert Raffalt
  • / Ignaz-Mattis-Hütte, Giglachsee Lake and Lungauer Kalkspitze
    Photo: Gerhard Pilz, Tourismusverband Schladming - Gerhard Pilz
  • / View of the Lower Giglachsee Lake and Ignaz-Mattis-Hütte
    Photo: Herbert Raffalt, Tourismusverband Schladming - Herbert Raffalt
  • / Brettersee Lake with Rotmandlspitze and Sauberg summits in the background
    Photo: Herbert Raffalt, Tourismusverband Schladming - Herbert Raffalt
  • / Rugged terrain on the slopes of Schiedeck summit
    Photo: Gerhard Pilz, CC BY, Astrid Meissnitzer
  • / Below the summit of Schiedeck
    Photo: Gerhard Pilz, Tourismusverband Schladming - Gerhard Pilz
  • / Hikers on the trail between Hochfeld and Schiedeck summits
    Photo: Gerhard Pilz, CC BY, Astrid Meissnitzer
  • / The Hochfeldmandl waypoint on Hochwurzen High Trail
    Photo: Gerhard Pilz, CC BY, Astrid Meissnitzer
  • / View past Schneider summit to Dachstein massif
    Photo: Gerhard Pilz, Tourismusverband Schladming
  • / At Guschen summit
    Photo: Gerhard Pilz, CC BY, Katrin Hutegger
  • / View from Guschen summit to Rossfeld and the Dachstein massif
    Photo: Gerhard Pilz, CC BY, Gerhard Pilz
  • / Ascent from Latterfußsattel mountain saddle to Guschen summit
    Photo: Gerhard Pilz, CC BY, Gerhard Pilz
  • / Coat of arms of Rohrmoos-Untertal on Rossfeld summit
    Photo: Gerhard Pilz, Tourismusverband Schladming - Gerhard Pilz
  • / View of Hochwurzen with Hochwurzenhütte, Dachstein massif in the backdrop
    Photo: Gerhard Pilz, CC BY, Astrid Meissnitzer
  • / View from Rossfeld to Hochwurzen with Hochwurzenhütte
    Photo: Martin Huber, Tourismusverband Schladming - Martin Huber
  • / View from Kleine Hochwurzen towards Rossfeld
    Photo: Gerhard Pilz, CC BY, Gerhard Pilz
  • / Hochwurzenhütte in summer - Schladming Tauern range
    Photo: Herbert Raffalt, Tourismusverband Schladming - Herbert Raffalt
  • / Hiking trail head on Hochwurzen summit
    Photo: Gerhard Pilz, Tourismusverband Schladming
1800 2000 2200 2400 m km 2 4 6 8 10 12 Ursprungalm Wanderportal Ursprungalm Giglachseen Schiedeck Hochfeldmandl Guschen Roßfeld

From Ursprungalm chalets in Preuneggtal valley to Hochwurzen via Giglachseen Lakes and the High Trail Hochwurzen. The Dachstein Massif is always in your view and your "constant companion"!

difficult
13.5 km
6:45 h
1075 m
840 m

The High Trail from Ursprungalm to Hochwurzen is one of the most popular Alpine hikes in the Schladminger Tauern. For most of the hike you got the Dachstein massif in view. Giglachseen and Brettersee Lakes are highlights on the way as are the summits of Schiedeck, Hochfeld and Guschen. From Hochwurzen you descend to the valley with Gipfelbahn Hochwurzen cable-car - keep an eye on the operating times!

Trail characteristics:

mountain trail across alpine pastures with some rocky sections, and a short section through a forest of pines and larches.

Mountain chalets and inns:

  • Ursprungalm chalet
  • Giglachseehütte chalet
  • Ignaz-Mattis-Hütte chalet
  • Hochwurzenhütte Inn

Points of Interest:

  • Giglachseen Lakes
  • Bettersee and Klammsee Lakes
  • Schiedeck, Hochfeld and Guschen summits

Author’s recommendation

  • Along Hochwurzen High Trail there are several oppotunities to shorten the hike and descend to the valley. This way, you can also start the hike when weather conditions are not totally reliable. Possibilities for an earlier descent:
    • Near Hochfeld summit to Oberen Neudeggalm/Ursprungalm chalets
    • From Latterfußsattel mountain saddle to Untere Neudeggalm chalet/Hotel Winterer
    • From Latterfußsattel mountain saddle to Obertal/Rohrmoos
    • From Hüttecksattel mountain saddle to Hotel Winterer/Rohrmoos
  • Take enough drinks with you on the way - due to the topography of the trail there is no reliable fresh water source between Brettersee Lake and Hochwurzenhütte Inn.
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Author
Gerhard Pilz
Updated: September 18, 2019

Difficulty
difficult
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Highest point
Klammsee Lake, 2258 m
Lowest point
Ursprungalm chalets, 1605 m
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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

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.

Tips, hints and links

Tourist information: www.schladming.com

Information about bus schedules: www.planaibus.at

Information about cable-car hours: www.planai.at

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Start

Hiking trail head Ursprungalm (1604 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
47.296442, 13.623726
UTM
33T 395948 5239026

Destination

Hiking trail head Hochwurzen mountain terminal

Turn-by-turn directions

From Ursprungalm you follow trail n° 771 via Rinderfeld and Preuneggsattel mountain saddle to Giglachseen Lakes, where you can make a first rest stop at Giglachseehütte or Ignaz-Mattis-Hütte chalet. You follow trail n° 702 along the lakes to Ignaz-Mattis-Hütte where you branch off left to Hochwurzen High trail n° 773.

Now you hike up the mountain side above the chalet and soon reach Brettersee Lake. Further uphill - passing by East of Kampspitze - you then walk by above Klammsee Lake. Next, you walk along the West face of Schiedeck and then traverse its ridge to the East face. If you also want to reach the summit of Schiedeck, it takes an additional walking time of about 45 minutes.

From Schiedeck you continue North - now the Dachstein massif is always in your view. Via Hochfeld (the detour via the summit takes only 10 minutes) and the prominent stone pile of "Hochfeldmandl" you continue to Guschen summit via "Schneider" (a small summit covered with dwarf pines). From Guschen you enjoy a great view to Obertal valley and Rohrmoos.

From Guschen summit you descend to Latterfußsattel mountain saddle and continue on trail n° 60 to the gras covered ridge of Rossfeld. The wooden coat of arms of Rohrmoos is a landmark on its summit. Via Hüttecksattel mountain saddle you finally reach Hochwurzenhütte Inn on the summit of Hochwurzen. From there you take Gipfelbahn Hochwurzen cable-car back to Rohrmoos.

Public transport

Public transport friendly

With the Planai buses to Ursprungalm chalets in Preuneggtal valley. From the valley terminal of Gipfelbahn Hochwurzen cable-car take the bus back to Rohrmoos and Schladming.

In case you hike the opposite direction please tell the staff at the valley terminal of Gipfelbahn Hochwurzen cable-car if you need transportation with the bus from Ursprungalm chalets - this way the bus company can plan accordingly and eventually send additional buses to Ursprungalm in the afternoon.

Getting there

From Schladming into the direction of Rohrmoos, at the roundabout Rohrmoos straight ahead to the Hochwurzen cable car. From here we recommend to take the Planai bus.

Parking

Parking is available at the valley terminal of Hochwurzen cable car.
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

  • Wanderführer Schladming-Dachstein von Herbert Raffalt, erhältlich im Tourismusverband 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.


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Difficulty
difficult
Distance
13.5 km
Duration
6:45 h
Ascent
1075 m
Descent
840 m
Public transport friendly In and out Scenic With refreshment stops Botanical highlights Cultural/historical value Faunistic highlights Summit route exposed assured passages

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