Koasa Trail – beautiful nature around St. Johann
The Koasa Trail, named after the Kaiser Mountains, takes you to the most beautiful and remote natural sites in the Kaiser Mountains and the surrounding mountain landscapes. North of the peaceful city of St. Johann in Tyrol lie the famous mountains. Picturesque valleys, endless mountain meadows and rugged, rocky peaks characterize the mountain landscape. As almost the entire mountain range is protected, neither roads nor cable cars lead up here — making it the perfect place to discover untouched Alpine nature.
On this five day hike, you'll cover a total distance of about 50 miles (80 kilometers) and gain over 15,000 feet (4,700 meters) in elevation. Each stage is fairly relaxed, however, meaning that most hikers (as long as you're in pretty good shape) will be able to comfortably complete the full Tour. The only exception to this is stage two, which will see you climb over 4,000 feet (1,300 meters) over 12 miles (20 kilometers). If this proves too much for you, we've provided a gentler alternative below.
Along the hiking trails, you will also find cozy Alpine huts and mountain inns where you can indulge yourself with Tyrolean delicacies. In the small towns and villages at the end of each stage, you will find a good selection of cozy B&Bs, holiday apartments and hotels.
The first leg of the Koasa Trail is a perfect hike to prepare you for the next few days. Via alpine meadows and along venerable chapels we ascend to the ridge of the Niederkaiser. From there you hike leisurely downhill to the stage destination Griesenau with a great view of the Wilder Kaiser.Starting point of your hike is the information office in St. Johann in Tirol. You leave the city and wander across wide meadows past isolated farms. This is where the splendid backdrop of the Niederkaiserkamm and the Wilder Kaiser already builds up in front of you. On a narrow forest path, it goes slowly uphill until you reach the Hermitage Maria Blut.From here, the steep climb to the Niederkaiserkamm begins. The Koasa Trail meanders through the dense mountain forest uphill. You pass the tiny, high-baroque Gmail Chapel, which seems to duck under an overhanging cliff face.Arriving at the Niederkaiserkamm the forest clears and between the trees you have a fantastic view down to St. Johann and the surrounding mountain landscapes. Along peaceful mountain meadows, you hike downhill from the Niederkaiserkamm. On the way, the Jausenstation Bacheralm or the cozy restaurant in the Gut Kramerhof invite you for a well deserved break.From the Kramerhof the Koasa Trail leads you first over a wooded ridge and then evenly downhill to the stage destination Griesenau.
The second stage of the Koasa Trail is a challenging circular walk through the Kaisberbachtal. Start and end point is the small town Griesenau. On your tour you walk along the Kaiserbach uphill to the Stripsenjochhaus. Up here, high above the valley bottom, the peaks of the Wilder Kaiser are literally within reach. Over the wide meadows of Ranggenalm it goes back down into the valley and back to the starting point of your hike.In Griesenau you start today's exciting mountain tour to Stripsenjoch. On the banks of the Kaiserbach, you hike upstream into the picturesque Kaiserbachtal valley. First, the trail only gently rises and leads you to the mountain rescue memorial chapel.The trail meanders from here into a forest and slowly becomes steeper. In a wide clearing, you pass under the steel ropes of the cable car, which goes up to Stripsenjochhaus. If you look up here on the slopes, you can already make out the mountain hut high above you. The trail now becomes steeper and winds as a narrow trail over pristine mountain meadows up to Stripsenjoch.Up here you reward yourself with a rest on the terrace of the Stripsenjochhaus and with the incredible view of the lower lying Kaiserbachtal. With fresh energy, it goes past the Tavona cross and uphill towards Stripsenkopf. The last few meters of the ascent to the Stripsenkopf are especially suitable for experienced and sure-footed mountain hikers - if this is too adventurous for you, you can simply skip the summit.Then, with a fantastic view of the cliffs of the Wilder Kaiser, you will hike over a green ridge towards Ranggenalm. On the Ranggenalm itself you can treat yourself to a rest before you walk through the Kaiserbachtal back to Griesenau.
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With a distance of over 20 kilometers and a difference in altitude of more than 1,200 meters, the second stage of the Koasa Trail is particularly suitable for persistent and experienced mountain hikers - everyone else can switch to this less sweaty variant instead. This hike also takes you through the picturesque Kaiserbachtal, but instead of a long ascent to the Stripsenjoch, a leisurely hike to the most beautiful alpine huts in the valley awaits you.From Griesenau you hike upstream along the Kaiserbach. The wide stream bed, the green mountain forests and the rugged peaks result in a dreamlike panorama. Soon you will reach the first hut on your hike at the Fischbachalm. Here the path branches off and leads you quite steeply up towards Ranggenalm.First you hike along a wide alpine meadow, but then it zigzags up through a dense mountain forest. When you step out of the forest at the top, you can already see the Ranggenalm in front of you. You can take a break here in perfect alpine idyll before continuing your hike.Over mountain meadows and through sparse mountain forests, the Koasa Trail finally leads you downhill again. On the descent you always have a great view of the opposite peaks of the Kaiser Mountains. You hike along the Kaiserbach back to Griesenau, the starting point of your hike.
The third stage of the Koasa Trail leads you through the enchanted Teufelsgasse up to the panoramic view of the Prostkogl. According to a legend, the devil has personally struck the narrow rock path in the mountain, so that the sinful souls can not find out more. But even without a devil, a tour through the Devil's Lane is a unique experience.Starting point of the hike is the small village Griesenau. From there you follow the road for a short distance until a hiking trail branches off to the left in the direction of Altmühle. You pass Altmühle and after a short stretch of forest you reach a real Almkleinod - the Stubenalm. If you have just had breakfast, then a bread with homemade cheese or ham is a must.Strengthened it then goes on mountain meadows continue uphill to Teufelsgasse. The narrow rocky path lies in a dense forest and enchants you with its unique charm.From the end of Teufelsgasse it is only a short walk to the Prostalm. Incidentally, the summit of the Prostkogel, which rises a little above the mountain pasture, offers you a magnificent view of the gray mountains of the Wilder Kaiser.After a rest on the Prostalm you finally hike downhill to the stage destination Erpfendorf.
On the fourth stage of the Koasa Trail, the Grießbachklamm is an absolute highlight of the hike. On bridges and bridges you cross the picturesque gorge and then climb over alpine meadows to the promising Baumooskogel. After a rest on the alp of the same name, you descend to the stage destination St. Johann in Tirol.Starting point of the fourth stage is Erpfendorf. At the edge of the village you walk on the signposted path to Grießbachklamm. The gorge lies in a dense forest area and offers with the water and the shade of the trees a great cooling off on warm hiking days. On boardwalks and on bridges meanders the trail through the narrowing gorge.After a while, the so-called Jägersteig branches off to the right from the gorge. In some serpentines it goes through the forest steeply uphill. Once at the top, the cultivated Angerlalm is already in front of you. From here you hike along magnificent views of the Tyrolean mountains along endless mountain meadows to Baumooskogl.High up on the summit, the Kitzbühel Alps lie directly at your feet: directly opposite you can see the striking rock face of the Wilder Kaiser, to the east are the Kitzbüheler Horn and the Loferer Steinberge and to the south you can even see the glaciated summits of the Hohe Tauern.From the Baumooskogl the Koasa Trail then leads you through mountain forests down to St. Johann in Tirol, today's stage destination.
The fifth stage is the culmination of the Koasa Trail. On your way from St. Johann to Oberndorf, you hike along the Eifersbach to a dramatic waterfall, visit the Eichenhof reservoir and stand at the foot of the impressive Kizbühel Horn. Experienced mountain hikers can even climb the Horn - for that you should plan for about one and a half hours for the ascent and descent.Starting point of the fifth stage is Eichenhof, a district of St. Johann. From here it goes over a hiking trail to the valley of the Eifersbach. Along the stream you walk through the valley steadily uphill. At the highest point, the impressive Eifersbach waterfall awaits you. On jetties and bridges you can get so close to the water that you can feel the spray on your face.Only a little later you are standing on the banks of the reservoir pond. The artificial pond is needed in winter for the snow cannons of the ski resort, but in summer it offers a picturesque mountain panorama. Through the forest on the banks of the Eifersbach continue uphill for you. The trail soon leaves the valley and in serpentines you hike across mountain meadows up to the Harschbichlalm.During your well-deserved break on the mountain pasture you will be surrounded by an enchanting mountain landscape. The Kitzbüheler Horn rises above you and on the other side of the valley you can see the mountain range of the Wilder Kaiser.From the Harschbichlalm you hike first on a farm road and then on a hiking trail down to the final destination Oberndorf.