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4-day hike from Tappenkarsee to Maurachalm or Grafenbergalm (Wagrain)

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  • Karteisalm, 1.661 m
    Karteisalm, 1.661 m
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4-day hike along the highest mountain lake in the Eastern Alps.
Distance 34.5 km
14:00 h
2,314 m
1,902 m
2,145 m
1,300 m
Day 1:
This hike starts at the Hallmoosalm in Hüttschlag. After a short stretch on the forest path, you branch off and follow the alpine path to the Karteisalm (not managed). Walk across alpine meadows (especially beautiful in early summer when the alpine roses are in bloom) to the Karteistörl. From here you have a wonderful view of the Tappenkarsee, the largest mountain lake in the Eastern Alps. According to legend, it is connected to the Schuhflickersee. A wagon wheel that fell into the Tappenkarsee was found in the Schuhflickersee... Leisurely descent to the Tappenkarseehütte. This Alpine Club hut is located directly at the Tappenkarsee. Warm delicacies such as Kaiserschmarrn or Heidelbeerschmarrn also tempt you here. You will spend the first night here.

Day 2:
Well rested and invigorated by the delicious alpine breakfast, you continue along the Tappenkarsee to the Tappenkarseealm. From now on the route goes uphill to the Draugsteintörl and on to the Filzmoossattel. A detour to the Filzmooshöhe is definitely worthwhile, here a beautifully designed summit cross and a breathtaking view of the surrounding mountains await you. Afterwards, the trail continues downhill to the Filzmoosalm and from now on it goes without any major incline to the Loosbühelalm, Weissalm and finally to the Ellmaualm. Here you will spend the second night.

Day 3:
The next morning you walk across alpine meadows, the so-called Spatkar, via the Spatalm and the Kleinwildalm (both not managed) to the Grosswildalm. Here you will again be spoiled with delicacies from our own production. Via an alpine path you first go downhill a little, then uphill again to the Karseggalm, the oldest hut in Grossarltal. At around 400 years old, this is a particularly rustic hut. There is neither electricity nor water, but there is an open fireplace where a Grossarl speciality, kneaded cheese, is still smoked according to old recipes. Of course, there are also other delicacies from the farm's own production. The tour continues to the Unterwandalm, where you will spend the night. The herdsman often picks up his accordion here - so nothing stands in the way of a convivial evening in the hut....

Day 4:
Rested, you continue the next morning. First you have to follow the forest path for a while. Then you will pass the Muggenfeldalm (closed) and the Maurachalm. At the Maurachalm you will be spoilt with delicacies from their own farm. The Maurachalm is the northernmost alpine pasture in Grossarltal and is especially known for its exquisite schnapps (Vogelbeer or Holler). The alpine dairymen often sing and play music here. Now you have the option of descending to the Sonneggbrücke and from there you can take the hiking taxi down into the valley. Alternatively, you can continue up towards Sonntagskogel and then descend to the Grafenbergalm in Wagrain. From here you can take the Grafenbergbahn to the Wagrainer Valley and from there you can take the bus first to St. Johann im Pongau, change trains once and then return to Grossarl.

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Sunrises and sunsets are particularly beautiful at Tappenkarsee.
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Update: February 07, 2023
Highest point
Karteistörl, 2,145 m
Lowest point
Hallmoosalm, 1,300 m
Best time of year

Track types

Dirt road 10.26%Forested/wild trail 16.03%Path 73.70%
Dirt road
3.5 km
Forested/wild trail
5.5 km
25.5 km
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Rest stops

Radstädter Tauern Tappenkarseehütte
Tappenkarseealm, 1.768 m
Filzmoosalm, 1.710 m
Loosbühelalm, 1.769 m
Weißalm, 1.723 m
Ellmaualm, 1.795 m
Großwildalm, 1.778 m
Karseggalm, 1.603 m
Unterwandalm, 1.600 m
Maurachalm, 1.620 m


Hüttschlag - Hallmoosalm (1,296 m)
47.179034, 13.268273
47°10'44.5"N 13°16'05.8"E
33T 368786 5226514


Maurachalm (Grossarl) or Grafenbergalm (Wagrain)

Turn-by-turn directions

Day 1: Travel by hiking taxi to the Hallmoosalm (parking space). Hike along trail no. 53, 721 to the Karteisalm, 1,661 m (not managed, approx. 1 ¼ h), continue along the same trail to the Karteistörl, 2,145 m (approx. 1 ½ h). Descent on trail no. 721 Tappenkarseehütte, 1,820 m (approx. 1 h). Total walking time: approx. 3 ¾ h.

Day 2: Hike along the Tappenkarsee lake to the Tappenkarseealm, 1,768 m (approx. ½ h). Ascent along trail no. 12, then 54 to Draugsteintörl, 2,077 m (approx. 1 h). Hike to the Filzmoossattel, 2,062 m (approx. 1 h). Descent to Filzmoosalm, 1,710 m (approx. 1 h). Hike along trail no. 63 to Loosbühelalm, 1,769 (approx. 1 h), continue along trail no. 63 Weissalm, 1,723 m (approx. ½ h). Hike along trail no. 63 to the Ellmaualm, 1,794 m (approx. ½ h). Total walking time: approx. 5 ½ h.

Day 3: Hike along trail no. 63 to the Spatalmen and Kleinwildalm (both not managed), continue along trail no. 63 to the Grosswildalm, 1,778 m (approx. 2 ½ h). Hike along trail no. 67, then 70 to the Karseggalm, 1,603 m (approx. 2 h). Hike along trail no. 70 to the Unterwandalm, 1,600 m (approx. ½ h). Total walking time: approx. 5 h.

Day 4: Hike along trail no. 70, then 71 to the Muggenfeldalm, 1,545 m (not managed, approx. 1 ¼ h). Ascent on trail no. 71 to the Maurachalm, 1,620 m (approx. ¾ h), continue on trail no. 71, then 712 to the Grafenbergalm, 1,640 m (approx. 1 ½ h). Ride with the Grafenbergbahn to Wagrain. From there you can take the public bus back to Grossarltal. Total walking time: approx. 3 ½ h.

By road

The starting point is the parking space Hallmoosalm, 1,300 m. The Hallmoosalm is reached from St. Johann im Pongau via the Grossarler Landesstraße (L 109) to Hüttschlag, continue to the district of Karteis, turn left there and drive up the Güterweg Seilsitzberg. You can also take the post bus line no. 540 to the stop "Karteis" and walk from there (approx. 1 h to the Hallmoosalm).


parking space Hallmoosalm, 1,300 m


47.179034, 13.268273
47°10'44.5"N 13°16'05.8"E
33T 368786 5226514
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

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hiking map Athesia Buch GmbH - geomarketing


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34.5 km
14:00 h
2,314 m
1,902 m
Highest point
2,145 m
Lowest point
1,300 m
Linear route Scenic Refreshment stops available


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