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From a family hike to a summit climb – hiking in Pyhrn-Priel

Hiking Collection by Pyhrn-Priel

Whether you are looking for an alpine summit route, a panoramic leisure hike or a varied walk for the whole family – there is something for everyone in the Pyhrn-Priel region. Climb the high peaks of the Great and Small Pyhrgas, enjoy the lush meadows of the Wurzeralm and relax in the rustic mountain huts which serve regional delicacies. In the holiday region in southern Upper Austria, several miles of hiking trails are waiting for you to discover. In this Collection, we have put together 13 different routes that show you how diverse the Pyhrn-Priel region is.

The themed trail on the Wurzeralm or the scavenger hunt on the way to Hutberg are especially geared towards families. If you're looking for a little more thrill, then you can hike through Austria's second longest gorge or scramble over the via ferrata to the Großer Priel. Are you looking for a relaxed tour with beautiful rest areas? No problem, you’ll find that here too. There are several cozy alpine huts on the way to Hengstpaß. Simply choose your favorite route – there's something for every difficulty level. You can also easily combine some of the hikes or spend an extended night on the mountain for a longer adventure.

If you are planning several days in the region Spital am Phyrn, Windischgarsten or Hinterstoder are ideal base camps. There you will find a good selection of accommodation as well as a tourist information office and the different starting points of the routes are easily accessible from the towns. On some hikes, you can even take a cable car up to the start. A plus point: you can stop off at a rustic mountain hut for refreshments along almost all hikes so you do not need to pack your backpack unnecessarily heavy.

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Tours & Highlights

  • Easy
    01:37
    3.54 mi
    2.2 mph
    425 ft
    400 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    For this hike, it is well worth bringing along hungry, after all, you come on the more than five kilometers long nature adventure trail past three pastures. The start is made by the cozy Karlhütte, where the tour starts. Freshly fortified, you start the little hike.
     
    On a wide track, it goes down between the pastures into the valley of the Laussabaches. On the way you pass the historic Proviantweg, on which iron was transported from Erzberg to Garstnertal and food back. Shortly thereafter, you will pass the Red Cross Chapel, which was built more than 100 years ago by the Almleuten on a healing spring.
    You follow the creek, which gently ripples through the valley and soon reach the meadows around the cozy Laussabauernalm, which marks the lowest point of the hike at 780 meters.After a break you walk to the nearby vantage point and cross the street. The path leads you through the quaint forest for a while, before you walk across the pasture to the Puglalm - stop number three. From here it is not far to the starting point of the tour.

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  • Intermediate
    03:00
    4.18 mi
    1.4 mph
    950 ft
    950 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Hutberg-Rundweg is a wild outdoor scavenger hunt for the whole family. On the nearly eight-kilometer tour you can expect great landscapes, rustic mountain huts and eight stations that provide additional variety.By car you reach the starting point below the Almresort Baumschlagerberg. There you can park in the parking lot next to the access road. A steep path across the meadow takes you directly to the beginning of the forest and to the starting point with an overview map and app information.The track climbs steadily for the next few kilometers, but the slope is relaxed. Again and again you have beautiful views. Soon the first station "courage and strength" with a climbing garden is waiting for you.Gradually, you will discover further stations of the scavenger hunt, so that the three kilometers to the Steyrsbergerreith pass by in flight. Up here you have a magnificent view of the rugged peaks of the Dead Mountains. On the terrace of the alpine hut you can take a break and taste the local delicacies.The next two kilometers you hike downhill, before you then make a detour to the observation deck on the Hutberg. The path is steep but very well secured. It leads over large stones, past huge trees and on to the lookout point with a unique view of the valley.Back from Hutberg, the path drops steeply. When you reach the end of the forest, the scavenger hunt ends at the eighth station "Wall of Fame". Make a souvenir photo of the great hiking day and then get your price in the municipal office Vorderstoder or in the tourist offices Hinterstoder or Windischgarsten.

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  • Difficult
    06:19
    10.7 mi
    1.7 mph
    3,800 ft
    3,800 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This 17 kilometer hike takes you from the idyllic Brunnental in Steyrling to the Steyrerhütte and on to the summit of the Kasberg.At the beginning you follow the hiking trail with the number 433 through the Katzengraben to the managed Steyrerhütte. Most of the 1,160 vertical meters you have already behind you, so you can treat yourself to a long break. It is still a good two kilometers to the top of the Kasberg.On the marked trail with the number 433 it goes on to Rosskopf and then over to Kasberggipfel at 1,747 meters altitude. From here you can enjoy a magnificent view of the Dead Mountains, the Dachstein, the Traunstein and with good visibility to the Mühlviertel.It goes back the same way. If you want to spend another night in the mountains, you can spend the night in the Steyrerhütte and enjoy the idyllic landscape even more.

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  • Difficult
    13:03
    11.9 mi
    0.9 mph
    6,600 ft
    6,600 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    You are hanging 900 meters of altitude on the continuous, 2,130 meters long steel cable - there is endurance required. With the establishment of the long and difficult connection between the southeast spur via ferrata and the Bert Rinesch via ferrata a great "complete work" was created, which belongs to the mega climbing routes in Austria. The long Ferrata is a mix of action trail and long alpine via ferrata with summit ridge (difficulty B-D). The steel cable ends right at the mighty red summit cross of the Great Priel, the highest elevation of the Dead Mountains - perfect can not complete a climbing tour.The biggest difficulties are in the lower section. The so-called monkey skull is an overhanging and low-pedaling D passage. At the crossing comes an overhang. The last D-passage is in the second cave, here you have to do a spreading step and climb steeply on the southwest wall. In the upper part of the wall ladders help you to climb. Only at the top of the long south ridge the terrain becomes easier.The path to the entrance to the Stieg takes you past green meadows and the Klinserfall. At the Prielschutzhaus, you can recharge your batteries for the upcoming craze. If you still have questions about the via ferrata, the hosts will help you. For the climb, you should definitely bring enough experience and suitable equipment.

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  • Difficult
    05:40
    6.31 mi
    1.1 mph
    3,600 ft
    3,600 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    The Kleine Pyhrgas is located in front of the main ridge of the Haller Walls a bit to the north - this makes the panoramic view under its summit cross particularly interesting and appealing. This ten-kilometer hike takes you up the mountain and has 1,100 vertical meters in it. But it's well worth the effort.You start at the Jausenstube Singerskogel in Oberweng and wander from there to the Gowilalm. The path is wide, but in places quite steep. Just follow the footpath with the number 616. At first you walk through shady forest, then the path leads you over a steep and wooded back to the Gowilalm at 1,375 meters altitude. Here is a break announced.Well-fortified, it goes on uphill. Above the pasture, follow the path branching off to the left, which climbs up through the steep slopes of the mountain and the rocky terrain high above the Holzerkar. Immediately you have reached the summit cross and can look forward to the impressive panorama. The descent takes place on the same route.Remember that the summit increase requires sure-footedness and a head for heights.

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  • Easy
    01:43
    3.78 mi
    2.2 mph
    425 ft
    425 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Two million years in two hours - you can experience this on this nearly six-kilometer long themed round trip. The path leads you around the largest low and high moor in the northern Kalkalpen, around the so-called "pond floor" on the Wurzeralm.It starts at the mountain station of the Wurzeralm funicular. The track is mostly flat, so the tour is well suited for the whole family. Signs along the way inform you again and again about the peculiarities of the landscape.You will pass several nice rest areas, such as the Brunnsteinersee. In addition, the beautiful and unique mountain landscape on the Wurzeralm accompanies you throughout the route. An ideal place to spend a few hours after the tour and enjoy the day. The funicular takes you back down to the valley.

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  • Difficult
    05:11
    6.91 mi
    1.3 mph
    2,575 ft
    2,575 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Rich meadows, views of snow-capped mountain peaks and a beautiful climb: This eleven-kilometer hike up to the Prielschutzhaus is perfect for the whole family. At 1,427 meters, you have a magnificent view and can let your gaze wander over the surrounding mountains of the Dead Mountains.Starting point of the tour is at the parking lot Posterlucke, three kilometers after the center of Hinterstoder. Immediately dive into the beautiful mountain landscape and wander at the beginning on flat paths on Klinserkogel over.The actual ascent to the shelter begins at the material cable car. In many serpentines it goes uphill, at the Klinserfall and past large and small caves to the "Thank God Banker". How about a breather?The path continues through a beech forest. Soon you have reached the Prielschutzhaus and you can treat yourself on the sunny terrace a long break with a great panorama. Return it goes the same way.

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  • Difficult
    06:52
    7.32 mi
    1.1 mph
    4,150 ft
    4,150 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Today it goes up to the highest peak of the Sengsengebirge, the Hohe Nock. The starting point of the nearly twelve-kilometer-long and varied tour is in Rettenbach - amidst a picturesque mountain landscape. After such a start, the day can only be nice.You cross the stream and are already on the climb, which leads you the first route through dense forest uphill. Soon the trees clear and give you first beautiful insights into the Budergraben free. At the end of the ditch, keep to the right and cross a wide boulder field.Through Latschengassen you climb higher and higher, following the marking number 463. The last section leads past vertical crashes and offers great views.Once at the top, a beautiful green plateau greets you at the highest peak of the Kalkalpen National Park. Make yourself comfortable in the meadow, enjoy the beautiful mountain panorama and let you taste your snack. It goes back the same way.

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  • Intermediate
    04:08
    6.08 mi
    1.5 mph
    2,275 ft
    2,275 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This hike takes you to a special place: the longest accessible gorge in Upper Austria. The Dr. Vogelgesang gorge is over 1.5 kilometers long. The path through the wildly romantic canyon leads you over 500 steps and wooden footbridges, constantly accompanied by the sound of the Fallbach. A unique experience.After you have wandered through the gorge, you are soon in front of the Bosruck hut and follow the fall stream a bit further. Soon you will see the Rohrauerhaus in front of you. How about a little break?The path takes you two more kilometers uphill until you reach the Hofalm. Here you can enjoy a fantastic mountain panorama. The ideal place for a long break with a hearty snack. The last three kilometers to the starting point of the tour you walk relaxed downhill.

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  • Easy
    01:20
    3.16 mi
    2.4 mph
    125 ft
    125 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This easy hike is ideal for a relaxed family tour. Even with the stroller you can easily master this route. Start is at the parking lot Schiederweiher in Hinterstoder an der Steyr.The five-kilometer tour on flat paths takes you to the idyllic Schiederweiher, the "most beautiful place in Austria in 2018". Find a nice rest area and enjoy the view of the peaceful lake, where the high mountains are reflected.You continue in the direction of Polsterlucke until you reach the upholstery, that farmhouse, which lies in the midst of lush meadows the rugged rocks of the upholstered walls at your feet. On the way you have always beautiful views of the mountain landscape. Twice you accompany the Krumme Steyr a piece on their journey through the green meadows. If you get hungry, you can stop in the rustic upholstery.Shortly before the end of the hike, you then walk back to the parking lot on the shores of Schiederweiher.

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  • Difficult
    04:01
    2.20 mi
    0.5 mph
    1,275 ft
    1,275 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    This short tour takes you on the southeast ridge, a climbing route, to the summit of the Warscheneck. In a hollow in front of the mountain station of the Frauenkar begins the marked ascent with slight climbing to the Widerlechnerstein. The trail is well insured with stirrups, handholds and ropes (difficulty A / B and climbing passages with difficulty I).In light terrain, it goes uphill, wire ropes and pins help you to find secure hold. The climb takes you directly to the summit cross of the Warscheneck at 2,388 meters altitude. From the main summit of the same named Warscheneckgruppe you have a magnificent view of the surrounding peaks of the Dead Mountains. Back to the mountain station it goes the same way.The Frauenkar double chairlift operates from the beginning of July to the beginning of September on Wednesdays, Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays - but only in fair weather.

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  • Intermediate
    04:24
    6.45 mi
    1.5 mph
    2,125 ft
    2,125 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This ten-kilometer circular walk begins in the perfect mountain idyll. The starting point of the tour is the mountain station of the Wurzeralm funicular. The train takes you quickly from the valley to the starting point at 1,400 meters altitude. The other 630 vertical meters you earn from your own muscle power.Until Brunnsteinersee the path is relatively flat. Then the climb to the Red Wall begins. Impressively the rock face rises and offers you a spectacular view. For the crisp increase has definitely paid off. Now it is a good two kilometers downhill, then you have reached the Dümlerhütte and can take a relaxed break.On the Halssattel you hike back to the Wurzeralm and always come back to enjoy beautiful views. Let the day end on the mountain pasture, before the train brings you back down to the valley.

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  • Difficult
    06:21
    7.14 mi
    1.1 mph
    3,825 ft
    3,825 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    This hike takes you up to the 2,244-meter-tall Great Pyhrgas. The eleven-kilometer tour starts at the Bosruckhütte. Look forward to a great hiking day with sensational views.From the Bosruckhütte parking lot you first walk eastwards on a gravel road to the Rohrauerhaus (1,308 meters). Here you can recharge your energy during a stop for the further ascent.Soon you will reach the Pyhrgasgatterl, through which the Styrian-Upper Austrian border runs. Via the Hofersteig (number 615) you hike uphill through wooded area, which later turns into a rugged terrain. The trail ascends steeply to the pre-summit. Once you reach the shelter, the climb becomes more comfortable again and the summit of the Great Pyhrgas is not far away. You can expect a terrific view, which lets you quickly forget the 1,170 vertical meters.Up to the shelter cave you walk downhill on the same way. There you turn right to Hofalmsattel. Then you keep left and continue hiking to the beautiful Hiaslalm. Shortly afterwards, you will find the gravel road that leads back to the starting point. There you can reward yourself in the Bosruckhütte with a hearty snack.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    13
  • Distance
    79.7 mi
  • Duration
    63:39 h
  • Elevation
    32,100 ft

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