The varied trail already mentioned in the introduction is really worth seeing: the historic forest road in the Hartelsgraben is accompanied by the rushing Sulzkarbach stream and soon after is replaced by wide alpine meadows and pastures before you have to overcome steep alpine passages leading to the extensive summit plateau of the Zinödls.
There you will have an excellent view of the Gesaeuse mountains. Later you will reach the famous Hess hut, which is located between Hochtor and Zinödl on the Ennseck and where you simply have to stop for a bite to eat before descending to the mountaineering village of Johnsbach.
Rest stopsHeßhütte, 1.699 m
Safety informationCertain passages are very steep and require surefootedness, a head for heights and mountain experience!
Mountain rescue emergency call: 140
Tips and hintsTourismusverband Gesäuse
8911 Admont, Österreich
+43 (0) 3613 21160 10
Getting thereA9 Phyrn motorway to exit Ardning/Admont and from there past Frauenberg, approx. 10 km after Admont. Via the B146 (Gesäuse Bundesstraße) coming from the west into the Gesäuse.
Or via Leoben, Vordernberg and Eisenerz to Hieflau and from there via the B146 in a westerly direction into the Gesaeuse.
A1 Westautobahn to exit Ybbs and from there in southern direction through Scheibbs, Lunz am See, Göstling an der Ybbs and Palfau to Hieflau. From there via B146 in western direction into the Gesäuse.
ParkingA free national park parking lot with information boards is located on the right side of the road coming from Hieflau before the bridge over the Enns river, which you would reach after approx. 5 km. To reach the starting point of the tour, i.e. the beginning of the marked hiking trail into the Hartelsgraben, you have to cross the Ennsbrücke and change sides of the road.
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EquipmentSturdy hiking 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 prepared for a change of weather.
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