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Grossarl: 2-days-hiking-tour through the Ellmautal

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  • Saukaralm, 1.850 m
    Saukaralm, 1.850 m
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2-day tour around the Ellmautal, the largest side valley of Grossarltal.
Distance 28.9 km
12:30 h
2,043 m
1,844 m
2,135 m
895 m
From the village center, a path leads through the forest to Hertas Rast. You hike up to the farm Vorderstadluck. You have the possibility to go up until there by car or hiking taxi. Afterwards the path leads over meadows and finally pasture meadows to the Gerstreitalm. Especially children find their paradise here at the big playground. After a rest and a refreshment with products from their own production, we go uphill to the Röschenbergalm, which is not farmed. Through the beautiful alpine meadows you will reach the Saukaralm. This mountain hut is the highest moutnain hut in Grossarltal. The view from here is simply unique. The Hohen Tauern, the Hochkönig as well as the Tennen and the Hagengebirge make this pasture one of the most beautiful view points in Grossarltal. If you are at the Saukaralm, you should definitely look at the sunset on the Saukaralm. Through the free view to the south, west and north, sunsets are particularly impressive.

You hike along the Spatkar to the Trögseen. These are small mountain lakes, which are always good for cooling down in summer. Along the ridge you will reach the Gründgg. From here you have a wonderful view to the surrounding mountains. The descent takes place in the direction of Filzmoossattel. Now you have the choice on which mountain hut you want to stay. It is possible on all four mountain huts  (Ellmaualm, Weißalm, Loosbühelalm and Filzmoosalm). But please book the beds in advance! Everywhere there are delicacies from their own production.

After a strenuous mountain hut breakfast, you will get back up on the ridge from the respective mountain hut and walk to the Filzmoossattel. Directly at the Filzmoossattel is a particularly beautifully designed gentian, the symbol of the Salzburg Almenweg, which also includes the part from the Filzmoossattel to the Filzmoosalm and the Ellmautal-Almsteig. Continue to the Filzmooshöhe. A different, but beautiful summit cross attracts all hikers.

When you turn around, you will see the Draugstein, which is majestically towering over the Ellmautal. This mountain is one of three limestone mountains within the valley and the clay on the Draugstein are said to be healing effects. The route continues along the Ellmautal-Höhenweg to the Stangersattel. You walk past many small ponds and creepers. On the right side of the valley is the Buchbachkar. This is one of the areas in the valley where the most deers live. Especially in autumn, you can hear many belling stags and if you are lucky you can even see some stag. Then you reach the Remsteinkopf. The path leads down to the Bichlalm, where you have a particularly beautiful view over the whole Grossarltal. Just above the Bichlalm is a cross, where year after year a mountain church service is celebrated. Next to the mountain hut is a bank. Sit down here and enjoy the moment...

For the hungry hikers there is a delicious snack on the Bichlalm. Often the Hirter (= man on the mountain hut) also plays on his harmonica.  After a good rest, the path first leads a short distance along the forestry road to the entrance to the "Himmelsleiter". Stop, now you have to turn around and enjoy the panorama!

From here you have 2 options:
Option 1: You take the forestry road to the Lammwirt and then take the public bus or the car back to Grossarl.
Option 2: The somewhat steeper option leads over the "Himmelsleiter". This way leads to the majority through the forest. At the junction Finsterwald, you have the possibility to go by car from the farm Finsterwald or by hiking taxis to the valley or you continue walking past the Grafenalm (not farmed) as well as the Wandlehenalm (not farmed) until you finally reach the Eurpatisch (= monument the Scouts).

The walk continues along the Schattseitweg to the church of Grossarl. Follow the road to the center of Grossarl, the starting point of the tour.

Author’s recommendation

For the first day: A climb up to the Saukarkopf, 2.048 m, is indeed a detour of approx. 1 1/2 h, but is worth. Because the panorama from here is simply breathtaking. There is also the via ferrata "Bella Cascinaia".

For the second day: The ascent to the Filzmooshörndl, 2,199 m, is a small detour of about 3/4 h, but is worth and is a real "summit experience", which is rewarded with magnificent panorama.

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Update: February 07, 2023
Highest point
Gründegg, 2,135 m
Lowest point
Grossarl - village center, 895 m
Best time of year

Track types

Asphalt 5.14%Dirt road 2.78%Forested/wild trail 92.06%
1.5 km
Dirt road
0.8 km
Forested/wild trail
26.6 km
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Tips and hints

Here you find your accommodation in the valley for your holidays in Grossarltal.


Grossarl - village center (897 m)
47.238050, 13.200810
47°14'17.0"N 13°12'02.9"E
33T 363825 5233188


Grossarl - village center

Turn-by-turn directions

1st day:
From the village center of Grossarl you take the path no. 17 (Hertas Rast) to the farm Vorderstadluck - approx. 1 h (until here going up by car or hiking taxi is possible). Ascent on path 65A via the Gerstreitalm, 1.575 m - about 1 h to the Saukaralm, 1.850 m (about 1 h). From here follow the "Ellmautal-Höhenweg" (path no. 64) through the Spatkar and past the Trögseen up to the Gründegg, 2.168 m (approx. 2 1/2 h). Walk along the Ellmautal-Höhenweg for around 1/2 to 3/4 h in the direction to Filzmoossattel. Descent along path Nr. 60A, then 60 from the ridge ("Klaussattel") to Loosbühelalm, 1,769 m (from the Gründgg approx. 1 1/2 h) - Overnight stay at the Loosbühelalm (alternatively overnight stays at the Ellmaualm, Weißalm and Filzmoosalm possible).

2nd day:
Ascent along path no. 60 from the Loosbühelalm, 1.769 m to the ridge (1/2 h). Further to the Filzmoossattel, 2.062 m (2 h) and you continue along the "Ellmautal-Höhenweg" (path no. 64) over the Stangersattel to the Remsteinkopf, 1,945 m (approx. 2 h). Descent along path No. 56 to the Bichlalm, 1,731 m (approx. 1/2 h). Downwards on the path "Himmelsleiter" to the farm Finsterwald (path no. 56) or on the forest trail (path no. 56A) to the hotel Lammwirt (about 1 1/2 h each). From the respective farms continue by car or hiking taxis. Or you follow the path no. 56 from the farm Finsterwald follow past the Grafenalm and the Wandlehenalm (both not farmed) to the Europatisch. From here on Schattseitweg No. 18 to the center of Grossarl (about 2 h from the Bichlalm).

By road

You go by car or public bus no. 540 into to village center of Grosssarl (and further on the Sonnseitweg to the farm Vorderstadluck).


parking possibility at the gas station or the the south of Grossarl as well as at the farm Vorderstadluck


47.238050, 13.200810
47°14'17.0"N 13°12'02.9"E
33T 363825 5233188
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

Hiking map Athesia Buch GmbH - geomarketing


hiking boots with grip sole, fruits, drinks (bottles which you can refill), rain protection, toiletries, warm clothes and clothes to change, torch, hiking map, sun protection, chocolate, first-aid kid...

Questions and answers

Question from Jürgen Prazak · July 31, 2019 · Community
Sind die 17 Stunden realistisch oder für eher ungeübte Wanderer gewählt?
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Dominik Verhas
May 14, 2015 · Community
Sehr schöne Wochenendtour, leicht zu gehen mit herrlichen Ausblicken ins Elmautal und Grossarltal
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28.9 km
12:30 h
2,043 m
1,844 m
Highest point
2,135 m
Lowest point
895 m
Circular route Scenic Refreshment stops available Insider tip Summit route


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