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Alpine trail through "Höll" gorge

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  • Hiking Trail head Seeleiten car park, Untertal
    Hiking Trail head Seeleiten car park, Untertal
    Photo: Herbert Raffalt, Tourismusverband Schladming - Herbert Raffalt
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This trail takes you to the Riesach waterfalls and through "Höll" (hell) gorge.

This route passes through an inaccessible area and is therefore closed. Current information

Distance 3.9 km
1:45 h
295 m
296 m
1,368 m
1,073 m

Discover the imposing Riesach Waterfall, the highest in Styria. The masses of water thunder two stages and 140 meters to the valley below. Highlight: alpine trail with steel suspension bridge.

Trail characteristics:

Steep forest trail alongside Riesach Waterfall, then to lake Riesachsee on an easier forest lane, or along the challenging alpine trail "durch die Höll" (through Höll), which is not suitable for small children or for dogs. The alpine trail is for ascent only - no descent along the alpine trail!


  • Almgasthaus Riesachfall
  • Gfölleralm
  • Kaltenbachalm


  • 50 meter long steel rope suspension bridge
  • Viewing platforms in the gorge
  • Riesach Waterfalls
  • Riesachsee Lake

Author’s recommendation

On hot summer’s days you can stop at the first viewing platform and enjoy the refreshment provided by the spray blowing off the waterfall.
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Gerhard Pilz
Update: November 15, 2022
Highest point
Gfölleralm chalet, 1,368 m
Lowest point
Seeleiten car park, 1,073 m
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Safety information

Surefootness required, unsuitable for small children and dogs.

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 

Tips and hints

Tourist information:

Information about bus schedules:

Website Wild Waters with 360° images:


Seeleiten car park (1,075 m)
47.327040, 13.759820
47°19'37.3"N 13°45'35.4"E
33T 406291 5242253


Seeleiten car park

Turn-by-turn directions

From Almgasthaus Riesachfall the ascent is along a steep hiking trail with steps, located close to the water and a truly memorable experience, with viewing platforms and a 50 m cable footbridge. If this sounds a little too adventurous for you, or if you are hiking with children under eight, you can continue your hike to Riesachsee Lake, prior to reaching the cable bridge, along a forest lane.

In the canyon, the hike continues along the ››durch die Höll‹‹ alpine trail. It is well secured and features countless steps and stairs. You are mostly close to the rapid, untamed waters of the stream, able to feel how pristine this natural setting truly is and discovering so much along the way. A beautiful view reveals itself upstream, as the summit of the Hochwildstelle becomes visible. Via a steep ladder you climb out of the trail right by the pleasant Gfölleralm.

Just a few steps further is the deep-green Riesachsee Lake (elev. 1,338 m), flanked by lush forests and high mountainsides, while on the left shore the Kaltenbachalm invites you to enjoy a well-earned refreshment stop.

We recommend returning along the forest lane.


all notes on protected areas

Public transport


With the Planai buses from Schladming (Planet-Planai, Lendplatz) or Rohrmoos (Rohrmoos-Zentrum) to Untertal - bus stop "Riesach Wasserfall" at Seeleiten car park (last stop).

Getting there

From Schladming take provincial highway L722 (Rohrmoosstraße road) to Rohrmoos and at the roundabout continue on provincial highway L723 (Tälerstraße road) towards Untertal. In the village of Untertal continue straight on "Untertalstraße" road until you reach the valley head at Seeleiten car park.


Seeleiten car park at the valley head of Untertal.

ATTENTION: there is a parking fee at the public parking lots in Untertal valley.


47.327040, 13.759820
47°19'37.3"N 13°45'35.4"E
33T 406291 5242253
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

  • Tourist map "Hiking - Running - Walking", available at the tourist office Schladming.
  • Magazine "Wild Waters", available at the tourist office 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.


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.

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Gerald Speckner
August 15, 2021 · Community
Sommer 2020 mit Familie Urlaub in Aich
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Corina Hillert
July 29, 2021 · Community
ein toller Weg, gut ausgebaut. folgende wichtigen Punkte sind ab der Hängebrücke zu beachten: es gibt keine Möglichkeit zum umkehren, die Stufen sind teilweise sehr hoch und die Stiege steil. Kleine Kinder und Turnschuhe sind dort fehl am Platz...unterhalb geht es schon. wer noch zum Ende des Riesachsees geht, hat auch mehr Ruhe.
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Helge S.
October 06, 2020 · Community
Sehr gut abgesichert. Geht anders als viele Steige sicher auch bei Feuchtigkeit da keine Holztreppen, etc oder exponierte Stellen. wir waren mit Kindern 6 u 8 unterwegs. Die ersten 20 bis 30 min viele Stufen die für kleinere Kinder recht hoch sind und 2 3 sehr Steile Treppen abwärts. ansonsten mit Kind völlig problemlos und sicher. Toller Weg!
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When did you do this route? October 06, 2020
Photo: Helge S., Community
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3.9 km
1:45 h
295 m
296 m
Highest point
1,368 m
Lowest point
1,073 m
Public-transport-friendly Circular route Refreshment stops available Geological highlights 'Healthy climate'


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