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Colorful nature in the „valley of alpine pastures” – hiking in the Grossarltal

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Colorful nature in the „valley of alpine pastures” – hiking in the Grossarltal

Hiking Collection by Großarltal

9

Tours

42:34 h

63.4 mi

20,875 ft

Green meadows blanketed by pink alpine roses with an impressive panorama of the Hohe Tauern mountains above – early summer in the Grossarl Valley is a delight. With 40 alpine pastures, the blooming alpine landscape offers the perfect backdrop for your hikes and gives you plenty of opportunities to stop and enjoy the scenery – the Grossarl Valley is called the “Valley of the Alpine pastures,” and deservedly so. From mid-June to mid-July, you can experience the unique Alpine Rose Weeks (“Almrosenwochen”). With picture-book alpine pastures, panoramic peaks, and crystal-clear mountain lakes, the Grossarl Valley is a wonderful place to explore.

In this Collection, you will find nine different day hikes, ranging from gentle strolls through alpine pastures to demanding high mountain climbs. These hikes will help you forget the stresses of everyday life and invigorate your body and soul. Stunning mountain lakes such as Schuhflickersee or the Oetzlsee are ideal places to cool off – take off your hiking boots and dip your feet into the refreshing water. Or you can hike to the highest alpine pasture in the Grossarl Valley, the Saukaralm, and indulge in delicious food. On the hike to the Koelnbreinsperre, you reach impressive heights and can enjoy a magnificent panorama from the Arlscharte summit. No matter which type of hiking you prefer, you’ll find a suitable hike in this Collection.

Each of the nine routes can be reached directly from Grossarl or by bus or hiking taxi. Depending on the hike you choose, you need to be sure-footed and have a good fitness level. Don't worry about food and drink on the routes, as many cozy huts invite you to stop for a break. Here, you can taste regional and homemade produce – creamy alpine cheeses, spicy bacon and sinfully-sweet apple strudel.

You can find information about hiking taxis in the Grossarl Valley here: grossarltal.info/de/sommer/almwandern/wandertaxi.html

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  • Difficult
    03:30
    5.31 mi
    1.5 mph
    2,150 ft
    2,150 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    The circular hike starts in the center of Grossarl. At first you follow the Sonnseitweg until you turn left into the forest. You can quickly reach the Hertas Rast viewpoint, from which you can enjoy a magnificent view of the Grossarltal. It continues uphill and the view becomes more and more impressive

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  • Difficult
    04:00
    5.52 mi
    1.4 mph
    1,975 ft
    1,975 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    The hike starts in the largest side valley in Grossarltal, at the Grund car park in the Ellmautal. At the beginning you hike on a rustic alpine path through the forest and after a steep ascent you finally reach the Ellmaualm, where a wonderful view and a hearty alpine snack awaits you.

    Then you hike

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  • Difficult
    06:13
    9.09 mi
    1.5 mph
    3,250 ft
    3,250 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    You start at the parking lot in Hüttschlag (reachable with the Postbus line 540) and walk uphill through the forest. After about two kilometers you will come to a bridge that leads you over a mountain stream. Here you keep left and hike on forest paths to Kohlmaislacke, a small pond with a rest area

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  • Difficult
    05:43
    10.1 mi
    1.8 mph
    2,700 ft
    2,725 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    The wonderful circular hike to the highest alpine pasture in Grossarltal starts at the parking lot at the Sonneggbrücke, which you can reach by car or hiking taxi. At first it goes to the popular Breitenebenalm. The cozy hut with a large playground is known for its delicious desserts.

    

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  • Difficult
    05:35
    7.41 mi
    1.3 mph
    2,775 ft
    2,700 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    The three lakes hike starts at the Aualm. You can reach the Aualm from Großarl either by car or hiking taxi. The path leads you over open alpine pastures up to the shimmering Schuhflickersee, next to which the mighty limestone summit of the Schuhflickers rises. It is noteworthy that the lake has no inflow

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  • Difficult
    02:40
    3.59 mi
    1.3 mph
    1,375 ft
    1,375 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    The starting point of the hike is at the Hallmoosalm (not managed), which you can reach by car or hiking taxi. At the beginning the path leads comfortably through a forest.

    

    The closer you get to your destination, the Draugsteinalmen, the steeper the path becomes. Two alpine huts with regional delicacies

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  • Easy
    01:02
    2.42 mi
    2.3 mph
    150 ft
    150 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This short but varied hike starts in the valley head of Hüttschlag at the parking lot in front of the National Park Museum "Auf der Alm - Between Heaven and Earth". Right next to it is the Gasthof Talwirt and the Hüttschlager Bauernladenstüberl - you can pay a visit to both now or at the end of your

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  • Intermediate
    03:29
    6.95 mi
    2.0 mph
    1,350 ft
    1,350 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    First of all: the Schödersee is the only periodic lake in Grossarltal that only fills up when the snowmelts or after heavy downpours. In summer it often dries out completely due to its underground drainage.

    

    This tour starts at the head of the valley from Hüttschlag, at the Stockham car park. You follow

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  • Difficult
    10:21
    13.0 mi
    1.3 mph
    5,175 ft
    5,175 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    This tour is an extension of the hike to the Schödersee and starts at the head of the valley of Hüttschlag at the Stockham car park. You hike over picturesque meadows and through idyllic floodplains to the crystal-clear Ötzlsee. The path, which can be slippery when wet and for which you need good footwear

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    9
  • Distance
    63.4 mi
  • Duration
    42:34 h
  • Elevation
    20,875 ft

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