Long-Distance Hiking recommended route Stage 13

Salzburger Almenweg - Stage 13: Draugsteinalmen - Ellmaualm

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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 8.5 km
4:00 h
450 m
431 m
2,062 m
1,710 m

Today, it becomes clear why the Grossarl Valley is also called the "Valley of the Alpine Pastures". From the Draugsteinalm to the Ellmaualm high above Grossarl, there are a total of six traditionally managed huts on the way, and most of them are certified alpine summer huts. 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 on one of the highest alpine pastures in the Grossarl Valley, where you can listen to the impressive deer rutting in the Buchbachkartal on September evenings.


Along the trail

At all huts along the Salzburg Alpine Trail 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 Salzburg Alpine Trail 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.

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The centuries-old Weißalm has been carefully restored and here on the original open fireplace, sour cheese has been produced for generations. This is in addition to sausage, bacon, smoked beef, bread, butter and various Schnapps made directly on the alpine pasture or on the farm. The loving furnishing of the hut with old tools is reminiscent of bygone days and the laborious work in the mountains. In a display case, there is an amazing collection of rock crystals found not far from the hut. 
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Update: July 13, 2022
Highest point
Filzmoossattel, 2,062 m
Lowest point
Filzmoosalm, 1,710 m
Best time of year

Track types

Dirt road 6.89%Forested/wild trail 10.14%Path 82.96%
Dirt road
0.6 km
Forested/wild trail
0.9 km
7.1 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.


Draugsteinalmen (1,778 m) (1,777 m)
47.193844, 13.288283
47°11'37.8"N 13°17'17.8"E
33T 370338 5228126
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Ellmaualm (1,794 m)

Turn-by-turn directions

Starting from the Draugsteinalmen, the Alpine Trail leads only a small distance back in an easterly direction to the Draugsteintörl, but branches off after approx. 100 metres of altitude to the left. Along the southwest flank of the mighty Draugstein, the ascent takes place to the 1,062 metre high Filzmoossattel, the highest point of today's stage, which is reached in about an hour's walk.

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 Alpine Trail 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. You follow the trail slightly downhill, which soon widens and reaches the Weißalm after about 30 minutes. From here, it is still a good half an hour to the Ellmaualm at 1,794 metres above sea level. On one of the highest alpine pastures in the Grossarl Valley, hikers are treated to homemade alpine delicacies and with a reservation you can spend the night in one of the ten beds.

In the event of a change in the weather or some other reason, the descent into the valley from each of the mentioned alpine pastures is possible in about 1.25 hours walking time.


Variant 13a 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 Almensteig 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. 2 hours) mid-June to early October, Tel.: +43 664 390 66 40 refresh. / accomm. / Alpine summer hut 

Loosbühelalm (1,767 m), (after approx. 3 hours) Beginning of May to end of October, Tel.: +43 6414 408  

refresh. / accomm. / Alpine summer hut 

Weißalm (1,724 m), (after approx. 3 1/2 hours) mid-June to mid-October, Tel.: +43 6414 411 or +43 664 437 80 20 refresh. / accomm. 

Ellmaualm (1,794 m), (after approx. 4 hours) mid-June to early October, Tel.: +43 664 45 50 411 refresh. / accomm. / Alpine summer hut 


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Public transport

By public transport, Hüttschlag is best reached via the train station at St. Johann in Pongau. From here, the Postbus line 541 leads to Hüttschlag. The use of the Ellmautal hiking bus 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 for several days. Please remember to leave the "Alpine Trail parking meter" from the brochure in your parked car!


47.193844, 13.288283
47°11'37.8"N 13°17'17.8"E
33T 370338 5228126
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

hiking map tappeiner nr. 311

Salzburger Almenweg hiking map 


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Chris Betz
July 29, 2017 · Community
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450 m
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2,062 m
Lowest point
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