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Through the Hartelsgraben over the Sulzkar to the Heßhütte and to Johnsbach

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National Park Crossing

Day tour with many special experience points

difficult
Distance 16.2 km
8:09 h
1,444 m
1,078 m
1,821 m
504 m
This tour shows the Gesäuse in many different facets - first the Hartelsgraben, the 1st forest road of Styria, built by Friulian construction workers; then the lovely Sulzkaralm with the only mountain lake of the Gesäuse, the Sulzkarsee. On the horizon here is the Sulzkar dog, a striking boulder on the horizon, shaped like a dog. The Hess hut at the foot of the Hochtor, framed by the rocky backdrop of the Tellersack, offers a cosy stop at the hut host and is also a base for hikers and climbers. Finally, Johnsbachtal is an idyllic high valley with the famous mountaineers' cemetery.

Author’s recommendation

spend one night at the hut and climb Hochzinnödl the next day!
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Update: March 18, 2021
Difficulty
difficult
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
Sulzkarhund, 1,821 m
Lowest point
Parkplatz Hartelsgraben, 504 m
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Asphalt 0.47%Path 36.68%Road 0.30%Unknown 62.52%
Asphalt
0.1 km
Path
5.9 km
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0 km
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10.1 km
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Safety information

easy tour, good climbs, through the Hartelsgraben partly forest road, but good physical condition required

emergency call mountain rescue: 140

Tip for emergency message - give answers to the six W questions: What happened? How many injured? Where did the accident happen (possibly GPS coordinates)? Who is reporting (callback number)? When did the accident happen? Weather at the scene of the accident?

Tips and hints

Heßhütte www.hesshuette.at

Gasthof Kölblwirt www.koelblwirt.at

Gasthof Ödsteinblick www.oedsteinblick.at

Gasthof Donnerwirt www.donnerwirt.at

www.gesaeuse.at

Start

Parkplatz Hartelsgraben (504 m)
Coordinates:
DD
47.591926, 14.704906
DMS
47°35'30.9"N 14°42'17.7"E
UTM
33T 477814 5270988
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Destination

Gh Kölbl Johnsbach

Turn-by-turn directions

Starting point is the Hartelsgraben car park on the B146 Gesaeuse road.

Follow the wildly romantic stream through a gorge similar to a ravine, surrounded by small and large waterfalls, for about 1 1/2 hours to the Hartelsgraben hut. The Hartelsgraben is currently being equipped by the Styrian State Forestry with theme boards and a charcoal pile show to tell the story of wood processing in this impassable terrain. Now the path leads in flatter terrain to the lovely Sulzkaralm. During the summer months, the alpine dairyman couple runs the pasture. The romantic Sulzkarsee is the only mountain lake in the Gesäuse. From afar you can now also see the Sulzkar dog enthroned on the horizon, a striking rock which is a point of reference on many Gesaeuse tours. Once you have crossed the Almboden, however, there is a proper mountain classification up to the Sulzkarhund. Here one is rewarded with a wonderful panoramic view. Then it goes downhill to the "Gamsbrunn" and from there on the right hand side over a comfortable path to the "Heßhütte". The "Hesshütte" is open from mid-May to 26 October, offers accommodation in rooms and camps and is one of the traditional Gesäuse mountain huts at 1,699 m above sea level. Afterwards it is a short way back to the Gamsbrunn and then descend via the Stadlalm and the Untere Koderalm to Johnsbach. In Johnsbach 3 inns offer accommodation and catering.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Buslinie 912 Weißenbach/St.Gallen - Liezen (www.busbahnbim.at )

Getting there

from Hieflau or Admont on the B 146 Gesäusestraße to the Hartelsgraben car park

Parking

Car park Hartelsgraben

Coordinates

DD
47.591926, 14.704906
DMS
47°35'30.9"N 14°42'17.7"E
UTM
33T 477814 5270988
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Rother Wanderführer Gesäuse

Author’s map recommendations

Carto.at / Wander-, Rad- & Schitourenkarte „Nationalpark Gesäuse“Gesäuseberge – Haller Mauern – Eisenerzer Alpen West, Nr. 801

M 1: 35.000 http://www.carto.at/gesaeuse/

 

Kompass/ Wander-, Fahrrad- & Schitourenkarte „Nationalpark Gesäuse“, Nr. 206

M 1 : 25.000  http://www.kompass.de/touren-und-regionen/wanderkarte/dest/100148-alpenregion-nationalpark-gesaeuse/

 

Alpenvereinskarte „Gesäuse und Ennstaler Alpen“, Blatt 16, M 1 : 25.000

http://www.freytagberndt.com/shop/9783928777346-alpenvereinskarte-16-ennstaler-alpen-gesaeuse/

Equipment

Sturdy hiking boots or good trekking shoes, as well as a hiking rucksack with appropriate contents (water bottle, first aid, hiking map, sun protection, snack, etc.). You should also be well prepared for a change of weather. Mobile phone for emergency call. Do not forget your sleeping bag for the overnight stay in the huts!  As little as possible, as much as necessary

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Difficulty
difficult
Distance
16.2 km
Duration
8:09 h
Ascent
1,444 m
Descent
1,078 m
Highest point
1,821 m
Lowest point
504 m
Multi-stage route Scenic Refreshment stops available Geological highlights

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