BergeSeen Trail 02: Windlegern/Hochsteinalm - Steinbach
Interactive elevation profile
Diverse hike along forestry roads and forest paths.
Quality of experience: ****
- Multi-stage route
- Refreshment stops available
The second stage of the Salzkammergut BergeSeen Trail is entirely under the spell of the Hell Mountains. The route leads directly under the rocky northern precipices of this mighty, about 17 km long and up to 1,862 m high mountain range. Along the way, you will pass three enchanting but scenically quite different mountain lakes and finally end up on the eastern shore of the largest of all Salzkammergut waters: the 19.7 km long Attersee.
From Almgasthof Windlegern (816 m), you hike south along a street to a chapel and the edge of the forest. Then head uphill to the left to a forestry road, which you continue to follow to the left, and after about 1 km reach a trail marker. Turn right onto hiking trail no. 839 in the direction of “Kreh, Langbathsee”. This path leads over a forest saddle and meanders down steep forested slopes into the Langbath Valley. Through a side ravine, you reach the former Gasthaus In der Kreh (647 m). 1:00 h
At the Kreh parking area, cross the street. There the trail branches off and leads over a bridge spanning the Langbath Stream, passes a small house and arrives at a nearby forestry road. Follow this road to the right for approximately 2 kilometres into the wooded Langbath Valley until you arrive at the street again on the right at the Kaltenbach Stream. Go left to the nearby car park at the “Vorderer” Lake Langbath (664), in which the Brunnkogel and the rock faces of the Spielberg Mountain are reflected.
Turn right to the restaurant Langbathsee-Stüberl, follow the lakeside road along the northern shore and then continue through the flat forest valley to the “Hinterer” Lake Langbath. From the lake, head back a short distance and then turn left onto a trail and arrive at a forestry road. Here the route continues to climb either along the road or on the trail (trail no. 13) to the Lueg Saddle (830 m).
Continue left on the ascending forest road. At the next fork, turn right and head uphill on the main road. At the following fork, turn left to soon cross the saddle (875 m) between the wooded hilltop of Hohe Lueg and the 1538-metre-high, rocky Hinterer Spielberg Mountain. Behind it, the road ends, and you continue along a hunting trail. This marked forest path leads steeply downhill in places until you reach another forest road in the Mudelgraben. This road leads downward to Großalmstraße, where it’s only a few steps to the left to arrive at the TaferlklausDam (780 m). Behind the bridge lies the small, romantic Lake Taferlklaus, which was once created for timber drifting at the foot of the Höllengebirge. 3:00 h
From the car park next to the bridge, go left to a rest stop by the lake (wooden hut), then onward to a nearby ski slope and along the right side uphill to the car park of the Hochlecken ski lifts. Head left across the area to the lift restaurant (closed in summer) and then continue on a short distance to the upper ski lift, behind which the marked Valerieweg branches off to the left. This historical trail, named in honour of the daughter of Empress Elisabeth, leads, without major changes in elevation, below the Höllengebirge towards Weißenbach am Attersee. At one time, only foresters were allowed to access the trail so as to keep an eye on their woodsmen.
Follow this route a good 2 kilometres through forested slopes and over several debris flows until you reach the hut trail to the Hochleckenhaus below the peaks of the Adlerspitze. Continue straight along the Valerieweg towards “Forstamt, Weißenbach“. Now comes the prettiest section of this trail, which finally merges with trail no. 822 (“Stieg”) above the Auboden hunting lodge (831 m). Turn downhill to the right to a forestry road, which you follow for several metres to the left. Then branch off to the right after the signpost to “Steinbach” and hike down through the forest to the uppermost houses. There you arrive at a street which leads through the hamlet of Kaisigen to Steinbach am Attersee (509 m) and the ÖAV mountaineering village in the Attersee-Traunsee nature preserve.
Tourism office in the town hall (Steinbach No. 5) on the right of Großalmstraße, opposite the parish church. Bus stop and boat dock at the lake. 3:00 h
The second stage of the Salzkammergut BergeSeen Trail is entirely under the spell of the Höllengebirge Mountains. The route leads directly underneath the rocky northern precipices of this mighty mountain range, which is approximately 17 kilometres long and up to 1862 metres high. During the journey, you will pass three magical, but scenically quite different, mountain lakes and finally reach the eastern shore of the largest of all of the Salzkammergut waters: the 19.7-kilometre-long Lake Attersee.
- In alpine terrain, be aware of the danger of falling rocks.
- Through early summer, you may encounter steep snowfields or firn gullies – especially during icy conditions, there is an acute risk of falling and thus fatal injury!
- Due to storm damage, forestry work or construction work, individual trail sections may be difficult or impassable at times.
- Cows in the alpine meadows are often curious. Because they are nursing mothers, they develop a strong tendency to protect their calves. Therefore, move through cow pastures quietly, keep at least 20 metres of distance to the animals and never pet calves! In the case of threatening behaviour (pawing, stamping) slowly back away (do not turn your back). Keep dogs on a leash. They must not bark at or chase cows. In the case of an attack, the dog must be released from the leash.
For all stages, you will need hiking or mountain boots with treaded rubber soles as well as wind- and rainproof clothing. A change of clothes and a small first-aid kit should also be included in your backpack. The amount of provisions you should pack depends on the number of available rest stops. In any case, you should always take along plenty to drink. Telescopic poles are helpful, especially when walking downhill.
Text kindly provided by the publisher KOMPASS-Verlag and Wolfgang Heitzmann.
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