The Backenstein (1,772 meters) is the local mountain of Grundlsee and bears its name because of its striking shape from the view of the village of Grundlsee. The summit cross is located slightly lower than the highest point because of the visibility from the valley and the view.
Distance 18.7 km
Highest point1,772 m
Lowest point720 m
An extended mountain tour with summit experience. The ascent over the Almberg is to be classified as rather arduous.
The time required for the detour from the path to the Appelhaus to the summit is about one hour. The Albert Appelhaus is a very comfortably equipped refuge and starting point for many high altitude tours in the Tote Gebirge.
As it is highly recommended the return path leads you through some mountain pastures, as it is the "Augstwiesalm", Hochkopfsattel" and "Oberwasser", and wealds back to the village Altaussee. Think of the necessity of a transport back to Grundlsee after you finished your tour.
Starting the tour at the restaurant "Gasthof Schraml" you must follow the signs "Nr. 235 Appelhaus". We turn to the left to a rising path in the forest, which leads us to a small graveld road, where we turm left and then to the right again, where we reach in turn a graveled road. We carry on our tour to the east, first flat and effortless, then rising. Reaching a small kind of parking the tour is to be continued in a steep track. After one our walking we are at the "Almberg", which offers a breathtaking look-out. From this point we shall be at the alpine hut "Appelhaus" in about 1,5 hours. A hiker's high is the path "Nr. 235" which takes us through diversified territory to our aim.
Use paid parking in the municipal park along the lake.
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike
Author’s map recommendations
Hiking maps are available at the information offices in Ausseerland.
Proper backpacking makes many things easier: pack heavy things first. The water bottle should always be within easy reach in a side pocket. All things that are often needed, such as sunglasses, camera or hiking map, belong on top. An emergency kit including blister plaster belongs in every backpack and a clothing according to the "onion system" is always recommended!