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Watzmann-Hochkönig South-Loop: Stage 1: Bischofshofen – St. Martin am Tennengebirge

Mountain Bike · Bischofshofen
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Map / Watzmann-Hochkönig South-Loop: Stage 1: Bischofshofen – St. Martin am Tennengebirge
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With approximately 2150 metres above sea level is this stage, the stage with the most climbs! Already the first section from Bischofshofen leads steepls uphill to the Heinrich-Kam-Haus and the St. Vinzenz Peace church. Here we reach the highest point of the Watzmann-Hochkönig tour at 1792 m above sea level. The descent leads on forest paths down to Eben after which there is again a climb to St. Martin am Tennengebirge again.
difficult
54.1 km
12:54 h
2020 m
1500 m
 

In Bischofshofen, we drive from the Mohshammer square on the Gasteiner Strasse south, turn left into the Pestalozzigasse, cross the main road and turn left under the railway bridge and cross the Salzach bridge. Arriving on the right bank of the river Salzach, turn to the right and continue along the Tauern bike tour, passing a river power station, south to the Betrieb Höller (inn). Here we turn left, through the underpass of the Pinzgauer Bundesstraße, and continue on a paved road to Urreiting. One can orient themselves well from the very well-signposted MTB route No. 4 (red white signs). In Urreiting, we turn to the right at the wayside cross. Now begins the serpentine-rich climb on a paved road to the Obergründeck (1358 m, panoramic mountain) and Hochgründeck - Heinrich Kiener Haus (1792 m).

 

After the houses of Schwaig the route goes on a new, paved forest road to the Obergründeck, (as shown on the blue-and-white signs, we now find ourselves in the MTB Pongau region) flat to the junction of Hochgründeck. This can't be missed due to the many signs. After 400 m to the Heinrich Kiener Haus, we find ourselves on the same route back to the junction where we turn left and for the next 18 km to Eben it continues relatively parallel to the slope (at approx. 1300 m above sea level). Only from Höllerbergwald does the route go very steeply down to Eben (862 m), under the motorway and on the Badeseestrasse, towards the train station. From the train station in Eben the route continues north up to the main road, which we shortly thereafter branch away from to the right and cross the railway tracks. Next to the railway tracks we ride again in a northerly direction until the junction with the road (Warning: heavy car traffic). On the road we descend quickly to the bridge across the Fritzbachk. Immediately afterwards, we turn left and cycle up past the houses of Berg und Reit to the Ellmau. We always have a beautiful view of the whole valley across to the Hochkönig.

 

Now, a dirt forest road starts again continuously rising to the highest point at 1360 m above sea level. What follows now are only minor gradients and slopes until it then again descends to the Federal Highway to St. Martin. This we cross as the structurally separated bike path is on the West side of the street. Whoever wants, can continue into the village centre of St. Martin.

 

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Author
Sabine Zölß, Alpstein GmbH
Updated: September 18, 2019

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Highest point
1778 m
Lowest point
539 m
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SalzburgerLand Tourismus 
Wiener Bundesstrasse 23,   A-5300 Hallwang
Tel.: +43 (0)662 6688-0
Fax: +43 (0)662 6688-66
info@salzburgerland.com

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Start

Bischofshofen (545 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
47.413805, 13.218378
UTM
33T 365602 5252689

Destination

St. Martin am Tennengebirge

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Difficulty
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Distance
54.1 km
Duration
12:54 h
Ascent
2020 m
Descent
1500 m
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