Magnificent mountain tour to the top of the highest peak in the Osterhorn Group, generally through steep and unforested terrain.
Distance 11.2 km
Highest point2,027 m
Lowest point817 m
From Russbach you can reach wonderful alpine pastures in a relatively short time. The circular route takes you first to the Traunwandalm, then via the Angerkaralm to the Rinnbergalm. On the way you will learn all sorts of interesting things about life on the alpine pasture. The management of the pastures was once a hard and deprived work. We should imagine them less romantic and relaxing than today may seem to arouse the appearance. In addition to the supervision of the cattle, the cultivation of butter-malt, scotch and cheese was the focus of the farms.Fortunately, cheese production on the pastures has recently undergone a renaissance in the course of tourism and all hikers are well advised to try it.
The alpine huts are open from the end of June to September and the dairy farmers serve excellent, homemade cheese specialties.
Magnificent mountain tour to the top of the highest peak in the Osterhorn Group, generally through steep and unforested terrain. First follow path No. 34 out to the Traunwandalm (1330 m). Now left past the mountainhut on the far right, climbing through an area of mountain pine to a large, rocky cirque (Traunerkar). The path takes you left across a steep mountainside to a ridgeline, fromwhere it is not much further to the summit of the Gamsfeld (2028 m). Glorious views of the Dachstein, the Salzkammergut lakes and the Grossglockner. Hike down to the south-west, initially across a steep grassy hillside, then a little easier, bringing you to the Angerkaralm. Now hike down to Russbach using path 32a (ca. 1 hr.). You can also continue your hike via a forestry road to the Rinnbergalm (path No. 34), hiking from there back down to the valley (ca. 1 1/2 hrs.).
You can reach Russbach by bus no. 470 from Gosau and Golling. Information about the travel times can be found at www.oebb.at
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.
You will find enough parking area in the center of Russbach or at the parking area „Rinnbach“
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