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Russbach: Schneckenwand Rundweg

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Geological hike from the village center along the Randobach - continue the forest path to the Schneckenwand - over the trail to the Fallenegg - the road back to Russbach.
easy
Distance 8 km
2:30 h
309 m
309 m
1,116 m
807 m
The snail wall is situated on the southern slope of the Gamsfeld at an altitude of around 1,200 m. The circuit takes you along the forest track towards Neuam. After about 3 km the path branches off to the left. You pass a wild game feeding station, and after a total of about 1 1/2 hours you will reach the Snail Wall. The fossil deposit site is to the immediate right of the forest track. The Snail Wall never fails to impress with its massive outcropping of Russbach snails, mainly of the genus trochataeon, and other fossils. You can get a clear view of the fossilised snails on the surface laid bare of the humus layer. Digging and blasting are strictly forbidden! The homeward path leads you through a sparse mountain forest to the Fallenegg farm. Return to the village centre along the road.

Author’s recommendation

A visit to the Museum "Fossilienkabinett" at the parish hall is very rewarding.
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Tourismusverband Russbach
Update: April 09, 2020
Difficulty
easy
Technique
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Highest point
1,116 m
Lowest point
807 m
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Track types

Asphalt 85.15%Forested/wild trail 3.54%Path 10.03%Road 1.26%
Asphalt
6.8 km
Forested/wild trail
0.3 km
Path
0.8 km
Road
0.1 km
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Safety information

Hard shoes, rain jacket and a snack are recommended.

Tips and hints

Tourismusverband Russbach: www.russbach.info

Start

Village Square Russbach (813 m)
Coordinates:
DD
47.592826, 13.466737
DMS
47°35'34.2"N 13°28'00.3"E
UTM
33T 384729 5272185
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Destination

Village Square Russbach

Turn-by-turn directions

Past the village hall and head left (north) on Rinnbachstrasse to the Rinnbach bridge . After ca. 150 m, turn right onto the paved Fallenegg supply lane and continue to the last farm (Oberstöcklhof). The path continues past this farm out to a clearing below the so-called “Schneckenwand” (“Snail Wall”, location of significant fossil finds). Return via the forestry road towards Neualm and, after crossing the Randobach, make a right and return to Russbach. As you hike alongside the stream, you will likely come across many fossils.

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all notes on protected areas

Public transport

You can reach Russbach by bus no. 470 from Gosau and Golling. Information about the travel times can be found at www.oebb.at

Getting there

Coming from the A10 motorway, take the exit Golling direction Abtenau and Russbach. From Bad Ischl you drive via Bad Goisern and Gosau to Russbach.

Parking

You will find enough parking area in the center of Russbach or at the parking area „Rinnbach“.

Coordinates

DD
47.592826, 13.466737
DMS
47°35'34.2"N 13°28'00.3"E
UTM
33T 384729 5272185
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Difficulty
easy
Distance
8 km
Duration
2:30 h
Ascent
309 m
Descent
309 m
Highest point
1,116 m
Lowest point
807 m
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