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Hüttschlag: Kreealmen - Murtörl - Schmalscharte - Schwarzseen

Alpine Route · Hüttschlag
  • Kreealm-Kreehütte
    / Kreealm-Kreehütte
    Photo: Tourismusverband Großarltal - Ferienregion Nationalpark Hohe Tauern
  • Mureck
    / Mureck
    Photo: TVB Großarltal, Tourismusverband Großarltal - Ferienregion Nationalpark Hohe Tauern
  • Kreealm-Waterfall
    / Kreealm-Waterfall
    Photo: Tourismusverband Großarltal - Ferienregion Nationalpark Hohe Tauern
  • Schwarzseen
    / Schwarzseen
    Photo: TVB Großarltal, Tourismusverband Großarltal - Ferienregion Nationalpark Hohe Tauern
  • Kreealm-Bichlhütte, 1.570 m
    / Kreealm-Bichlhütte, 1.570 m
    Photo: TVB Großarltal, Tourismusverband Großarltal - Ferienregion Nationalpark Hohe Tauern
  • Murtörl
    / Murtörl
    Photo: Tourismusverband Großarltal - Ferienregion Nationalpark Hohe Tauern
Map / Hüttschlag: Kreealmen - Murtörl - Schmalscharte - Schwarzseen
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Wonderful mountain tour to the Schwarzseen, but which requires stamina, surefootedness and you have to be free of dizziness.

difficult
19 km
12:00 h
1809 m
1809 m

This mountain tour starts at the parking space at Gasthof Talwirt. Here you will find local delicacies and you can buy smoked bacon. On the first floor of the Talwirt is the Bergwaldausstellung and an information point from the Hohe Tauern national park. The Hüttschlager Bauernladenstüberl is nearby, where you can also buy products from their own production.

Right next door is the valley museum of the Grossarltal.

You hike past the Stockham farm in the direction to the Kreealmen. Right at the beginning of the path there is a cascade. On the way up, you have the choice whether you prefer the forestry road or the short-cuts through the forest. Shortly before the mountain huts you reach a small chapel. This is a place to stop and should encourage every hiker to say thank you.

There are two mountain huts on the Kreealm, the Kreealm-Kreehütte is the lower one, the upper one is the Kreealm-Bichlhütte. On both huts, you will be spoiled with delicacies from your their own production (cheese, butter, bread, bacon or sausages).

After a short rest, you continue upwards through meadows to the Murtörl. Here it is often very windy, so it can happen that you hike everywhere with short sleeves and that on the Murtörl it is rather cold.

You hike to the Schmalzscharte. A little below the Schmalzscharte is the "Albert-Bivouac", which is a sleeping place for hikers in need. The "Albert-Bivouac" is a small, lovingly designed cottage.

From Schmalzscharte you can already see the lower Schwarzsee. The piece along the "Tauern-Höhenweg" between the "Schmalzscharte" and the upper "Schwarzsee" is demanding. There is a short climbing passage between the upper and lower Schwarzsee. You have to be free of dizziness and surefootedness is requrired there.

The landscape at the Schwarzseen is unique and invites you to linger, but be careful: you have to go back the same way. That means, that you have to hike the same time back.

Attention: There is no possibility to eat (except of the Kreealmen) on the whole route, so enough food and beverages with you!

Author’s recommendation

You could hike up from the Murtörl to the Mureck, 2,402 m (approx. 20 min. in one direction). Up there is a beautiful summit cross.

Difficulty
difficult
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Altitude
2415 m
1038 m
Highest point
Schmalzscharte (2415 m)
Lowest point
Hüttschlag - Talwirt (1038 m)
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Safety information

Surefootedness, good stamina and experience on the mountains are required. You have to be free of dizziness.

Take enough food and beverages with you.

Equipment

hiking boots with grip sole, hiking map, food and beverages

Tips, hints and links

Mountains and peaks in Grossarltal

Start

Hüttschlag - Talwirt (1037 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
47.147770, 13.287000
UTM
33T 370129 5223009

Destination

Schwarzseen

Turn-by-turn directions

You hike from the parking space at the Talwirt towards the end of the valley - past the Stockham farm - after the first bridge turn left. You hike up the path no. 724, 51 in serpentines to a small chapel (or alternatively: ascent along the forestry road) - from here onwards to the two Kreealmen (Kreehütte, 1,483 m and Bichlhütte, 1,570 m - approx 1 1/2 h). From here, you contine along the marked path (no. 724, 51) to the Murtörl, 2,260 m (approx. 2 h). You hike further on the path no. 702 to the Schmalzscharte, 2,244 m (approx. 2 h). You hike along the "Tauern-Höhenweg" to the both Schwarseen, 2,221 m (approx. 1 h). There is a climbing passage between the lower and the upper Schwarzsee. Back on the same route.

Public transport

public bus no. 540

Getting there

You go by car or public bus no. 540 to Hüttschlag and further into the valley end to the Gasthof Talwirt.

Parking

parking space Talwirt

Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

hiking map tappeiner no. 311

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Difficulty
difficult
Distance
19 km
Duration
12:00 h
Ascent
1809 m
Descent
1809 m
Tour route Scenic With refreshment stops Geological highlights Botanical highlights Insider tip Summit tour

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