© Esplanade in Bad Ischl mit Baumallee, Fluss Traun im Vordergrund, markante Häuserfassaden und Kirchturm, Berge im Hintergrund
Esplanade mit markanter Häuserfassade in Bad Ischl. Im Vordergrund der Fluss Traun. Im Hintergrund sieht man den Turm der katholischen Kirche und die umliegenden Bergwelt.

S454 Gamsöfen round

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Starting place: 4820 Bad Ischl
Destination: 4820 Bad Ischl

duration: 2h 49m
length: 36,4 km
Altitude difference (uphill): 990m
Altitude difference (downhill): 990m

Lowest point: 462m
Highest point: 1.049m
difficulty: difficult
condition: difficult
panoramic view: Dreamtour

Paths covering:
Asphalt, Path / trail, Gravel, Street, Hiking trail, Other

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roadblock: Sperre Anzenbergstraße zwischen Bad Goisern - Bad Ischl wegen Holzlagerung
since 30.04.2024
Short description:

The Gamsöfen loop S454, 36.4 km, 990 m elevation gain leads via the Hoisnradalm with distant views of Lake Wolfgangsee and on through impressive natural landscapes with technical delicacies.

Technique: *****

Quality of experience: *****

Recommended season:
  • April
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October

  • Loop
  • Scenic
  • Refreshment stops available
  • Cultural/historical value
  • Geological highlights

The Gamsöfen Tour S454 has a crisp uphill below the Hoisnrad crossing as well as trail sections in the area of the Gamsöfen, which are also rideable with sufficient riding technique.

In addition to the sporting challenge, the following highlights make this tour an unforgettable experience:

  • A leisurely ride along the Römerweg towards the Wildenstein castle ruins (km 3.8).

  • At the Anzenberg at km 11.1, a detour to the Ewige Wand, the journey continues on forest roads

  • past old salt tunnels via a crisp uphill to the Hoisnradalm (km 22.9) for a refreshment stop with a distant view of Lake Wolfgangsee

  • After sufficient refreshments, the route continues through the beautiful natural area of the Leckenmoos to the Gamsöfen

  • with a short and bumpy trail sequence (km 28.8), some of you will take a short push section here (600 m 76 tm) to then pedal above the Rettenbach stream to Bad Ischl.


We start in the middle of Bad Ischl at the Trinkhalle in the direction of Traun and turn right onto the Salzkammergut cycle path R2 in the direction of Hallstatt, which we follow upstream. In the Esplanade area, we pay attention to the short push sign at Zauner and after around 1.1 km turn right up Engleitenstraße. After around 200 m, we turn left up into Lindaustraße and then immediately left into Mastaliergasse (km 1.3).

We cross the Mastaliergasse junction and after 200 m turn left into Rabenneststraße (km 1.5), which we follow for around 1.1 km before crossing the Kaltenbach (km 2.7 ) straight ahead in a left-hand bend (km 2.6) and are now on Römerstraße.

After around 300 m, we pass the barrier (km 3.0) to the forest road and follow this in the direction of Wildenstein castle ruins (km 3.8), which is around 800 m further along the path on the left. After around 1.9km, slightly downhill on the Römerweg, we leave the forest road to the right and join the Salzkammergutradweg R2 (km 5.7).

We follow the Salzkammergut cycle path in the direction of Bad Goisern, cross the Traun river and cross Lauffen before finally turning right after 2 km, crossing under the main road and leaving the Salzkammergut cycle path (km 7.7) onto Anzenmühlenstraße.

Passing the Anzenaumühle open-air museum, the path changes from asphalt to gravel (km 8.0) after around 300 m to the top left. For the next 2.4 km there is a chance of getting a little dusty from the truck traffic from the Anzenaukogl quarry.

After another 700 m in a left-hand bend, we can make a detour (km 11.1) to the Ewige Wand, which is located directly on the forest road to our right. We continue straight ahead for around 1.8 km. After a slight downhill section at the Gstichstraße / Anzenbergstraße junction in the forest, we turn left downhill in a right-hand bend (km 12.9) and after around 2.5 km turn sharp right uphill into Brunnleitenstraße (km 15.4).

We follow the Brunnleitenstraße past the Steinbergstollen in a left-hand bend and after around 2.2 km uphill at the next junction (km 17.6), we keep slightly left, cross the Radgrabenbach stream and after around 2.4 km on an almost flat stretch in a right-hand bend at km 20.0 we put our uphill skills to the test.

Now just take a deep breath and find your line to pedal steeply up this bumpy trail (400m 60m). If you can't manage it, use the push aid and look forward to the opportunity to stop for refreshments at the Hoisnradalm (km 21.6 ), which appears shortly after 2.2 km.

After a well-earned rest, we return to the Hoisnradalm junction (km 22.9) and turn sharp left past Leckenmoos in the direction of Tauern. Follow the forest road slightly uphill for 1.5 km until the next turn-off (km 24.4) to the left below.

The route goes downhill through the beautiful natural landscape below the Tauern. After around 3.5 km and a short uphill section, we turn left at an acute angle (km 27.9).

After around 1 km, there is a hunting lodge on the left of the path in a left-hand bend. Around 800 m after the h ut is the easily overlooked entrance (km 29.7) to the trail to the Gamsöfen.

The turn-off leads from the forest road down to the right on an old train path, which is damp, bumpy and adventurous for around 600 m until we reach the path above the Rettenbachschlucht gorge.

We turn left down here (km 30.3), caution is advised as we are ultimately in a gorge. The path leads us through the gorge downhill in the forest until, after around 2.2 km, we emerge from the forest (km 32.5) and continue straight ahead onto the field path. We stay on the field path for around 300 m and leave it in the left-hand bend (km 32.8) to continue straight ahead for another 200 m, following the meadow path to the right into Rosenkranzgasse (km 33.0) on asphalt.

200 m later at the crossroads (km 33.2), we turn sharp right, cross the Rettenbach and immediately afterwards turn into Hubhanslauweg in the direction of Bad Ischl. We follow the path through the settlement along the Rettenbach downstream until after about 400 m we turn right into Steinfeldstraße and cross the Rettenbach again after about 800 m (km 34.7).

We go downhill on asphalt along the railroad, cross the B145 and a little later the Traun to turn left onto the cycle path R2 (km 35.5) following the Traun upstream.

We follow the cycle path R2 900 m in the direction of Bad Goisern and reach our tour start at the Trinkhalle in Bad Ischl.


Stop off at the Hoisnradalm at km 22.9 for a homemade raspberry and thyme juice, followed by an adventurous descent through the Gamsöfen.

Safety guidelines:

The Gamsöfen tour is a circular tour and is signposted with the number S454. Tours with 400 numbers have a route length of up to 50 km. The specified riding times are pure net riding times with the E-MTB without breaks such as photo stops, refreshment stops, etc..

Special care is required in Bad Ischl during the pushing passage on the Esplanade in the hustle and bustle of the guests, on the ascent on the Anzenberg to the trucks from the quarry.

To make the day perfect, here are a few tips that are worth bearing in mind before every tour.

In addition, be aware that you are in the mountains and that personal responsibility plays a major role. This applies to your choice of route, the expected weather and the odd dead zone where you won 't find a mobile phone connection.

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Please note that any (e)MTB tour must always be undertaken with perfect equipment. Below you will find a few tips on preparation and equipment.

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Additional information:

In Bad Ischl, all mountain bike tours start at the Trinkhalle on Auböckplatz. The tours are signposted and numbered. All tours are also accessible from Bad Ischl train station.

We look forward to comments, tips, constructive criticism and of course thousands of photos of your tour with the hashtag #badischl in your social media posts.

As new figures on the playing field of mountain and leisure sports enthusiasts, we e-MTB riders have a particular duty to behave appropriately.

In Graubünden, bikers and hikers share the trails. A project that should set a precedent. But this is only possible with mutual respect. Black sheep set us back years.

With common rules we can ensure that the forest continues to offer a unique recreational and living space as well as a workplace for everyone.

Information on cycling in the forest from the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Regions and Tourism.

Starting point: Trinkhalle, Auböckpl. 5, 4820 Bad Ischl 47.710979, 13.623772 PJ6F+F8 Bad Ischl
Destination: Trinkhalle, Auböckpl. 5, 4820 Bad Ischl 47.710979, 13.623772 PJ6F+F8 Bad Ischl

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Accessibility / arrival

Getting there
Coming from Wolfgangsee or Bad Goisern we recommend the parking lot Dumbastraße, coming from Traunsee the parking lot Salinenplatz. Coming from Bad Goisern, the parking lot in Lauffen would also be a tip as the tour leads right past here.

Public Transit
By train (OBB) to Bad Ischl.


Parking lot Bad Ischl Dumbastraße, PJ35+XW Bad Ischl, Kaltenbachstraße 25, 4820 Bad Ischl (subject to charge)

Parking lot Bad Ischl Salinenplatz, PJ6F+6R Bad Ischl, Salinenpl. 1, 4820 Bad Ischl (subject to charge)

Lauffen parking lot, 47.673329, 13.616531, Lauffner Marktstraße (few spaces)

Travelling by public transport
Route planner for independent travellers
Most economical season
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Autumn

Please get in touch for more information.

S454 Gamsöfen round
Bad Ischl
Auböckplatz 5 - Trinkhalle
4820 Bad Ischl

Phone +43 6132 27757 - 0
E-Mail office@badischl.at
Web badischl.salzkammergut.at/

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a.Pedestrians have the right of way: We are accommodating and friendly to pedestrians and hikers. Upon encountering these fellow travellers, we alert them by using the bicycle bell and slowly overtake them. We avoid paths with heavy pedestrian traffic altogether. Take nature into account: We do not leave refuse behind.

b.The braking distance should be half of the total distance visible: We ride at a controlled pace, are ready to brake and maintain a braking distance half as long as the total distance visible, especially in curves, because we always have to count on obstacles on the path. Damage to the path, stones, branches, wood piles, grazing livestock, cattle grids, barriers, tractor-type forestry machines and authorised vehicles pose dangers that we need to be ready for.

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f.Avoid unnecessary noise. Out of consideration to the animals living in the wild, we only bike during full daylight. As a principle, we always wear our helmet (even when riding uphill)! Don’t forget emergency supplies: We always have a repair set and bandages along.

g.Don’t overestimate your skills: We should not overdo it when it comes to biking technique and physical fitness. Take the level of difficulty posed by the route into consideration and make a precise estimate of your experience and skills as a biker (braking, bell, lights)!

h.Close gates: We approach grazing livestock at a walking pace and close every gate behind us. We should avoid causing escape and panic reactions in the animals. Nothing stands in the way of the fun and athletic challenge in the mountains and forests!

i.Traffic rules: The general traffic rules (StVO) apply for all the mountain biking routes and we adhere to them. Our bike therefore needs to be in perfect technical condition and equipped in line with the traffic rules, including brakes, a bell and lights. We inspect and service our mountain bikes regularly anyway.


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Starting place: 4820 Bad Ischl
Destination: 4820 Bad Ischl

duration: 2h 49m
length: 36,4 km
Altitude difference (uphill): 990m
Altitude difference (downhill): 990m

Lowest point: 462m
Highest point: 1.049m
difficulty: difficult
condition: difficult
panoramic view: Dreamtour

Paths covering:
Asphalt, Path / trail, Gravel, Street, Hiking trail, Other

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