Long-Distance Hiking recommended route Stage 12

Salzburger Almenweg - Stage 12: Tappenkarseehütte - Loosbühelalm

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  • Filzmooshöhe, 2.103 m
    Filzmooshöhe, 2.103 m
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On the flanks of the mighty Draugstein through the Ellmautal
Distance 8.6 km
3:40 h
595 m
646 m
2,062 m
1,710 m
The Grossarltal is also called the "Valley of the Alpine Pastures": From the Tappenkarseehütte, today's trail leads through extensive alpine pastures to the Loosbühelalm, a certified alpine summer hut. Anyone who thinks "When I know one alpine pasture, I know them all”, will be taught otherwise. Each hut is shaped by the families who have managed them for generations. An alpine farm with its hundreds of daily actions and painstaking work is an idyll that requires a lot of love and dedication. To the great delight of hikers, local alpine people cherish the heritage of their elders and keep these huts open. A stop off is always and everywhere worthwhile. Traditional alpine dishes are served, above all the famous Großarler cheese specialities, but also heavenly pastries. Usually the butter is still stirred by hand here and pressed in old moulds. At the end of the day, you will spend the night at the Loosbühelalm, 1,769 meters above sea level, from where you can enjoy – together with cows and goats – a magnificent sunset.


Along the trail

At all huts along the Salzburger Almenweg in Hüttschlag and Großarl, hikers can discover the "Grossarl Valley alpine pasture secrets". These are recipes of the hut's own alpine delicacies such as Muas, Kasnockn with kneaded cheese, farmer's patties with potatoes, farmer's doughnuts, blackberry nocks and liqueur. The recipe cards can be collected in a handy wooden case, which is available in the Grossarl Valley Tourism Board for a small fee.


Alpine Trail History

From the Filzmoossattel, the Salzburger Almenweg leads over wide alpine meadows interspersed with pine trees down to the Filzmoosalm. The Swiss stone pines, which often grow here on barren rock soil, are several hundred years old and defy wind and weather, snow and cold. The "Queen of the Alps", as this tree is also called, is perfectly adapted to the hard life in the high mountains. Its essential oils have a positive effect on the human organism, slow down the heartbeat and thus promise intensive recovery. If you only sleep one night in a stone pine bed, you save your body one hour’s worth of heartbeats. The smell of Swiss stone pine also drives away moths and is one reason why wardrobes were often made of Swiss stone pine in the past.


Alpine Trail Refreshment

For lovers of goat's milk and goat's cheese, the Loosbühelalm ("Klausalm") is a special insider’s tip. Here, at the alpine summer hut, which was newly built in 2010, there are hot dishes in addition to a conventional snack with homemade goat’s and cow's milk delicacies. Around 70 cattle and 20 goats spend their summer on the alpine pasture.

Author’s recommendation

Since 2018 Bettina and Manfred Huber from Prommegghof in Großarl have been managing the Filzmoosalm with much love and dedication. Together with their two little daughters and the Pinzgauer cattles they spend the whole summer on the alp and process the fresh milk directly to butter and cheese. Their homemade Großarler Sauerkäse was awarded as the "Almenweg Schmankerl of the Year 2022". They also serve the finest alpine delicacies such as cheese, homemade bread and cakes.
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Update: May 15, 2023
Highest point
Filzmoossattel, 2,062 m
Lowest point
Filzmoosalm, 1,710 m
Best time of year

Track types

Forested/wild trail 1.91%Path 98.08%
Forested/wild trail
0.2 km
8.4 km
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Safety information

To make sure your day in the mountains is an unforgettable experience, here you can find some tips to keep you safe in the mountains.

Tips and hints

For further information about the Salzburger Almenweg click here.


Tappenkarseehütte (1,825 m), Kleinarl (1,818 m)
47.184826, 13.316127
47°11'05.4"N 13°18'58.1"E
33T 372426 5227078


Loosbühelalm (1.769 m), Großarl

Turn-by-turn directions

From the Tappenkarseehütte, the Salzburger Almenweg follows the western shore of the Tappenkarsee lake to the Tappenkarseealm, which is reached in about 20 minutes walking time. Now you have to walk uphill about 300 meters to the 2,077-meter high Draugsteintörl, the highest point of today's stage. From here, the route leads along the southwest flank of the Draugstein to the Filzmoossattel at an altitude of 2,062 meters. From here, you can also make a detour to the 2,358-metre high Draugstein where the imposing Kalkstock offers a wonderful panoramic view. The summit cross, newly erected in 2015, consists of 150 individual parts and symbolises community and cohesion. For both the ascent and descent, a total of around 1 1/2 hours of walking time should be expected. Sturdy footwear, sure-footedness, alpine experience for a short, rope-secured area, and a head for heights are absolutely necessary.


In any case, you should definitely make the five-minute ascent from the Filzmoossattel in a westerly direction to the Filzmooshöhe with its imposing cross made of crooked wood.

Back at the Filzmoossattel, the Salzburger Almenweg runs continuously down for 350 metres to the Filzmoosalm, which is reached after about an hour of walking (without a detour to the Draugstein). This is managed by Bettina and Manfred Huber, where at the certified Alpine summer hut, a traditional cheese or Brettljause (Ploughman’s lunch) should definitely be tasted. From here, a forest path leads to the unmanaged Achtalm and continues onwards as a beautiful alpine trail partly through the forest and partly over alpine pastures to the Loosbühelalm, today´s stage finish.


Variant 12a via the Ellmautal-Höhenweg:

As an alternative to the path over the alpine pastures, you can also follow the Ellmautal-Höhenweg from the Filzmoossattel. An ascent or descent between Höhenweg and Almsteig is possible at each alpine pasture. As a result, the walking time is only slightly extended. The view and panorama are even more beautiful on the Höhenweg, but there are no places to stop for refreshments up here.


Refreshment and accommodation options 

Filzmoosalm (1,710 m), (after approx. 3 hours) mid-June to early October, Tel.: +43 664 390 66 40 refresh. / accomm. / Alpine summer hut

Loosbühelalm (1.769 m), Großarl (after approx. 4 Stunden) Anfang Mai bis Ende Oktober, T. +43 676 44409518 refresh. / accomm. / Alpine summer hut

Public transport

By public transport, Hüttschlag is best reached via the train station at St. Johann in Pongau. From here the Postbus line 540 leads to Hüttschlag and the line 541 from Großarl to the Ellmautal to the parking lot Grundlehen. The use of both post bus lines is possible with a valid guest card for € 1 Euro per person and trip.


If you arrive by car, you can park it free of charge in Hüttschlag in the town centre parking lot near the Schappachkapelle or at the Grundlehen parking lot in the Ellmautal for several days. Please remember to leave the "Salzburger Almenweg parking disc" from the brochure in your parked car!


47.184826, 13.316127
47°11'05.4"N 13°18'58.1"E
33T 372426 5227078
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

hiking map tappeiner nr. 311

Salzburger Almenweg hiking map 


Hier finden Sie alles rund um den passenden Wanderschuh, die perfekte Ausrüstung und die richtige Geh-Technik.

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Chris Betz
July 29, 2017 · Community
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3:40 h
595 m
646 m
Highest point
2,062 m
Lowest point
1,710 m
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