Long-Distance Hiking recommended route Stage 14

Salzburger Almenweg - Stage 14: Ellmaualm - Gernkogel/St. Johann

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  • Karseggalm
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Panoramic alpine hike with a Glockner view
moderate
Distance 17.6 km
6:30 h
581 m
719 m
1,906 m
1,480 m
At 3,789 metres, the Großglockner is not only the highest mountain in Austria, but also a glacier experience full of outstanding radiance and magic. It forms the centre of the Hohe Tauern National Park and even from the Salzburg Alpine Trail you can see the striking summit. Already on the first steps from the Ellmaualm, a fantastic panorama opens up on today's stage and it will remain a constant companion. Just like the numerous other impressions such as smoke that rises curling from the chimneys of the alpine huts and summit crosses that stand out like miniatures in the sky. Filigree woolly grass, whose fine stems are dishevelled by the wind and alpacas that greet hikers curiously. With hut doors decorated with alpine roses and sour cheese with a unique aroma. Bleating goats and cows chewing again and again. This more than six hours long high-altitude hike through the north-eastern part of the Grossarl Valley is idyllic, not particularly strenuous, and a beautiful farewell gift. Because, after almost four days you leave the "Valley of the Alpine Pastures" and the path continues eastwards.

 

Along the trail

Small, deep black moor lakes can be found again and again in the mountains of Salzburg's Pongau region. Hikers know, for example, the raised bog on the Gerzkopf in Eben, the "Himmelsteiche" (heavenly ponds) on the Lackenalmen in Altenmarkt or the Trögseen Lakes in the Grossarl Valley. These 15 to 20 "black lakes" are distributed between the two ridges of the Grundgg. Around the moor lakes, fauna and flora unfold an extraordinary diversity with alpine roses, anemones, gentian, woolly grass and rare dragonflies. This unique natural landscape is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful parts of the entire Grossarl Valley.

 

Alpine Trail Refreshment 

The 400 year old Karseggalm is the oldest hut in the Grossarl Valley and that's exactly what it looks like. A mighty Elder bush flanks the entrance decorated with alpine roses, smoke comes out of the open door and inside a fire flickers. An open fireplace with soot blackened timber, two kettles, one filled with cheese and the other with water, and the mashed clay soil are reminiscent of bygone times. On the beams above the fire, a Großarl speciality is maturing which is only produced here - the kneaded cheese, which is served like finely grated Parmesan with a Ploughman’s board or cheese snacks. Every Thursday, hikers can look over the dairywoman’s shoulders as she makes the cheese. 

Author’s recommendation

Companionship has always played an important role on the alpine pastures, where people liked to sing, make music and taste Schnapps. Just like on the Unterwandalm and on the Maurachalm. Sometimes here, the accordion is unpacked or a voice rises to a joyful yodel, alpine song or whoopee.

 

The 400 year old Karseggalm is the oldest hut in the Grossarltal. An open fireplace with soot blackened timber, two kettles, one filled with cheese and the other with water, and the mashed clay soil are reminiscent of bygone times. On the beams above the fire, a Großarl speciality is maturing which is only produced here - the kneaded cheese, which is served like finely grated Parmesan with a Ploughman’s board or cheese snacks. Every Thursday, hikers can look over the dairywoman’s shoulders as she makes the cheese.

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Tourismusverband Großarltal
Update: May 25, 2022
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
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Landscape
Highest point
Kartörl, 1,906 m
Lowest point
1,480 m
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Track types

Dirt road 51.55%Forested/wild trail 9.17%Path 39.26%
Dirt road
9.1 km
Forested/wild trail
1.6 km
Path
6.9 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.

Start

Ellmaualm (1,794 m) (1,795 m)
Coordinates:
DD
47.244220, 13.271278
DMS
47°14'39.2"N 13°16'16.6"E
UTM
33T 369174 5233753
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Destination

Haibenalm (1,650 m)

Turn-by-turn directions

The stage from the Ellmaualm via the Sonntagskogel to the Gernkogel is largely a high-altitude trail with magnificent views. In the south and west, the Hohe Tauern with the 3,798 metre high Grossglockner is visible, while on the northern horizon the Hochkönig, the Tennengebirge, the Gosaukamm with the striking Bischofsmütze and the Dachstein all line up from west to east.

Starting from the Ellmaualm, the trail goes to the unmanaged Henerbichlalm and from there uphill to the 1,906 metre high Kartörl, the highest point of today's stage. From the ridge, you can see a summit cross a little off the main path. From this it is only a few minutes over to the "troughs". The detour of about a quarter of an hour to the moor lakes is totally worthwhile.

Back on the Salzburg Alpine Trail, it goes steadily downhill to the Spatalm and the Kleinwildalm, both of which are unmanaged. After the Kleinwildalm, a steady descent to the managed Großwildalm begins, from which two trail variants open up. Either you continue to follow the goods path downhill and take the path to the Karseggalm on the right at the third serpentine or, and this is our tip, you follow the idyllic trail down from the Großwildalm in the direction of Breitenebenalm. After just under an hour you reach a fork in the road and follow the trail up to the Karseggalm, which leads first through a beautiful spruce high forest and then over wide alpine pastures. On the other hand, if you want to descend to the Breitebenalm, you have to take a small detour of a quarter of an hour.

The approximately 400-year-old Karseggalm is one of the oldest huts in the valley. From here, you can reach the Unterwandalm in approx. 20 minutes and in about another hour’s walk to the unmanaged Muggenfeldalm and on to the Maurachalm, the northernmost alpine pasture of the Grossarl Valley. From here it goes on a path first long at the same height, finally a short distance along a forest path and only the last part is a little steeper uphill to the 1,849 metre high Sonntagskogel. Here, today's stage finish at the Haibenalm already comes into focus. The descent there takes about 40 minutes and is in a westerly direction. In any case, you should make a detour to the idyllically situated Sonntagskogel storage pond which is a detour of only a few minutes, but it really pays off.

If the alpine pasture is fully booked, the Buchauhütte is an alternative for overnight stays. To get there, you hike from the Haibenalm slightly uphill along the wooded summit of the Gernkogel to the adventure mountain "Geisterberg", from where you can already see the Gernkogelalm. To the Buchauhütte, you head a bit downhill on the forest road.

 

Variant 14a with descent to St. Johann or Wagrain:

If you prefer to spend the night in the valley, take the cable car to St. Johann or to Wagrain. From the Sonntagskogel, the descent to the mountain station of the Grafenbergbahn (Wagrain) goes south, where at the junction, follow the path to the right towards the mountain station. The mountain station of the Alpendorf gondola lift to St. Johann can be reached via the Haibenalm and the Gernkogel (see the stage description above) in a walking time of about 1.5 hours (Haibenalm/Gernkogelalm/Buchauhütte/mountain station). Please note the opening hours of the cable cars. The next day you reach the stage start again with the cable car.

 

Variant 14b with stage shortcut directly to Kleinarl:

On tomorrow's stage 15, there will be a short, black section on the Kitzstein ("fork"), which requires sure-footedness and a head for heights. For those that don't dare to do this, you can combine stages 14 and 15 and hike to Kleinarl today. This variant leads from the Karseggalm over the Almsteig (Path no. 72) up to the unmanaged Karsegg-Hochalm and on to the ridge. The descent leads over the hiking trail No. 712 to the Kleinarler Hut, which can be reached in a good 1.5 hours on foot, and on to the stage finish at Kleinarl (see stage 15 description).

 

Variant 14b with stage shortcut directly to Kleinarl:  

On tomorrow's stage 15, there will be a short, black section on the Kitzstein ("fork"), which requires sure-footedness and a head for heights. For those that don't dare to do this, you can combine stages 14 and 15 and hike to Kleinarl today. This variant leads from the Karseggalm over the Almsteig (Path no. 72) up to the unmanaged Karsegg-Hochalm and on to the ridge. The descent leads over the hiking trail No. 712 to the Kleinarler Hut, which can be reached in a good 1.5 hours on foot, and on to the stage finish at Kleinarl (see stage 15 description).  

 

Refreshment and accommodation options 

Ellmaualm (1,794 m), (at the start of the stage), from mid-June to early October, Tel.: +43 0664 45 50 411 refresh. / accomm. / Alpine summer hut 

Großwildalm (1,787 m), (after approx. 2.5 hours) July to the end of August, Tel.: +43 6414 333 or +43 664 552 55 54 refresh. 

Breitebenalm (1,420), (after approx. 3.5 hours) beginning of May to end of October, Tel.: (Gastronomy) +43 76414 81445, Tel.: (accommodation) +43 676 411 6787 refresh. / accomm. / Alpine summer hut 

Karseggalm (1,603 m), (after approx. 3.5 hours) end of June to end of October, Tel.: +43 664 915 07 17 or +43 664 9962188 refresh. / Alpine summer hut 

Unterwandalm (1,600 m), (after approx. 4 hours) mid-June to early October, Tel.: +43 664 2412908 or +43 664 453 64 38 refresh. / accomm. / Alpine summer hut 

Maurachalm: (1,620 m), (after approx. 5 hours) Early June to mid-October, Tel.: +43 6414 293 refresh. / Alpine summer hut 

Haibenalm (1,650 m), (after approx. 5.5 hours) June to September, Tel.: +43 664 266 98 07 or +43 664 588 37 32 refresh. / accomm. / Alpine summer hut 

Buchauhütte (1,750 m), (after approx. 6 hours), beginning of June to end of October, Tel.: +43 664 2801508 refresh. / accomm. 

Gernkogelalm (1,750 m), (after approx. 6 hours) Beginning of June to end of October, Tel.: +43 664 2669807 refresh. 

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Public transport

By public transport, Großarl is best reached via the train station at St. Johann in Salzburg. From here, the Postbus line 541 leads to the town. The use of the Ellmautal hiking bus is possible with a valid guest card for € 1 Euro per person, per trip.

Parking

If you arrive by car, you can park it free of charge in the town centre parking lot near the ENI Petrol Station or at the car park Grundlehen in Ellmautal for several days. Please leave the "Alpine Trail parking meter" from the brochure in your parked car!

Coordinates

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47.244220, 13.271278
DMS
47°14'39.2"N 13°16'16.6"E
UTM
33T 369174 5233753
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Equipment

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Chris Betz
July 29, 2017 · Community
Etappe wurde in zwei Hälften geteilt und mit der Etappe 16 verbunden. Abwechslungsreich und sehr schön.
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moderate
Distance
17.6 km
Duration
6:30 h
Ascent
581 m
Descent
719 m
Highest point
1,906 m
Lowest point
1,480 m
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