1 1/2 hour hike to the Haindlkarhütte through rocky and gravelly terrain without any difficulties worth mentioning, impressive views of the north walls of the Hochtorgruppe, also suitable for families with children up to the Haindlkarhütte. Afterwards Peternpfad easy climbing (II) - only recommended with mountain guide.
Distance 12.9 km
Highest point2,028 m
Lowest point615 m
The legendary "Peternpfad" (Peter's Path) takes its name from "Black Peter", who once fooled the hunters and was suspected of being in league with the devil, as he was once almost caught poaching in the Haindlkar and was seen again hours later in the Johnsbachtal. Since at that time there was no known crossing over the apparently impregnable Hochtor walls, he posed some riddles for the hunters.
Most beautiful from spring to autumn, in late autumn (October, November) it is already mostly shady in the Haindlkar.
Beware of sudden thundershowers, as the otherwise dry stream bed to the Haindlkarhütte can suddenly shoot water along, otherwise safe family hiking trail to Haindlkarhütte.Petern path ONLY RECOMMENDED WITH MOUNTAIN GUIDE!
This variant is rightly called the alpine variant. It also includes easy climbing passages and requires not only very good physical condition and many years of alpine experience, but also a complete lack of vertigo!
Emergency call mountain rescue: 140
Addresses of the mountain guides at www.gesaeuse.at
At first we hike moderately steeply uphill through forest, then rocky, gravelly terrain throughout, crossing a dried-up stream bed several times, finally passing the old Haindlkarhütte, which is still used as a winter shelter, to the Haindlkarhütte. The path is lined with striking boulders, on which chamois often sunbathe if they are suitably calm, imposing views of the north faces of the Hochtor group, where with binoculars we can spot the odd climber on the classic Hochtor climbing routes or hikers on the Petern path. After 1 1/2 hours we reach the Haindlkarhütte, which is a good place to spend the night after conquering the Peternpfad, so that we can start right away in the early morning, after all we have a long and difficult tour of 4 hours ahead of us until we reach the next base, the Heßhütte. From the Haindlkarhütte, the Peternpfad also leads along a path through scree slopes, be careful, the path is often impaired by slides after thunderstorms. Finally we reach rocky terrain and come to the famous "Ennstaler Schritt", where we climb around a boulder and experience eerie views from below. Via the Peternscharte - the lowest point in the silhouette of the Hochtor - we descend on trail 663 to the Heßhütte. Since we have been walking for a good 4 hours since the Haindlkarhütte, we like to stop at the innkeeper Reini's and enjoy the local cuisine and a cool drink. Now we walk another 2 hours along the hiking trail via Stadlalm and Koderalm down to Johnsbach, where we end up at the Kölblwirt directly in the cosy guest garden.
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Linie 912 Haltestelle Haindlkarhütte
aus Richtung Admont: B 146 Gesäuse-Bundesstraße Richtung Hieflau, nach ca. 12 km Parkplatz Haindlkarhütte
aus Richtung Hieflau: B 146 Gesäuse-Bundesstraße Richtung Admont, nach Gstatterboden noch ca. 3 km bis Parkplatz Haindlkarhütte
2 Parkplätze Haindlkarhütte, einer südlich der Bundesstraße, einer nördlich der Bundesstraße
33T 470869 5270079
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike
Book recommendation by the author
Rother Wanderführer Gesäuse, G. und L. Auferbauer (2018)
Sturdy mountain boots or good trekking shoes, as well as a hiking rucksack with appropriate contents (water bottle, blister plaster, hiking map, snack, etc.). You should also be well equipped for a change in weather. Rockfall helmet.