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Distance

22.18 mi

Elevation gain

7,283 ft

Technical difficulty

Moderate

Elevation loss

7,283 ft

Max elevation

7,475 ft

Trailrank

58

Min elevation

2,795 ft

Trail type

Loop

Time

2 days 30 minutes

Coordinates

8937

Uploaded

July 11, 2019

Recorded

June 2019

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7,475 ft
2,795 ft
22.18 mi

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near Buchberg, Styria (Austria)

My third visit to this beautiful Styrian limestone mountain ridge. Unfortunately due to the bad weather we had to cut it short.

The idea was to explore the southern part of the massif dominated by the peaks of Karlhochkogel and Fölzkogel on the first day, hike the central part of Hochschwab massif on the second day, descend to Bodenbauer and get back to the southern part of the mountains (the Festlbeilstein - Käfereck - Mühlbachkogel) on the third day and hike back to the parking on the fourth.

But we started off pretty late on Friday (2pm) and the hike from Karlbach valley to the Brennsattel on the southern ridge was really demanding (1,4 km / cca 560 elevation meters). Other than that - while there's no marked hiking trail - the path is well trodden and easy to follow (there're even some makeshift ladders and rails upon the exposed parts).

The main ridge and plateau is simply breathtaking and no less beautiful than the central Hochschwab massif (and of course significantly less frequented). Originally we planned to sleep at Fölzalm chalet but were unable to reach it so stayed on the plateau just beneath Fölzkogel.

On Saturday the weather had turned turned for the worse and we were forced to cut the hike short and stay at Schiestlhaus for a night.

On Sunday it was raining constantly from the early morning, the temperature dropped significantly and there was a zero visibility. So we decided to get back to the valley and head for home.

However I definitely plan to return to Hochschwab next year.
Mountain pass

Brennsattel

  • Photo of Brennsattel
  • Photo of Brennsattel
  • Photo of Brennsattel
Waypoint

Waschenriegel

  • Photo of Waschenriegel
  • Photo of Waschenriegel
  • Photo of Waschenriegel
  • Photo of Waschenriegel
Summit

Fölzkogel

  • Photo of Fölzkogel
  • Photo of Fölzkogel
  • Photo of Fölzkogel
Waypoint

Windscharte

  • Photo of Windscharte
  • Photo of Windscharte
  • Photo of Windscharte
Summit

Karlhochkogel

  • Photo of Karlhochkogel
Mountain pass

Trawiesattel

Fountain

A spring

  • Photo of A spring
Mountain hut

Voisthaler Hütte

  • Photo of Voisthaler Hütte
  • Photo of Voisthaler Hütte
Fountain

A spring

  • Photo of A spring
  • Photo of A spring
  • Photo of A spring
  • Photo of A spring
Intersection

A trail intersection

Mountain hut

Schiestlhaus

  • Photo of Schiestlhaus
  • Photo of Schiestlhaus
Summit

Hochschwab

  • Photo of Hochschwab
  • Photo of Hochschwab
Wilderness hut

Fleischer Biwak

  • Photo of Fleischer Biwak
Summit

Zinken

  • Photo of Zinken
  • Photo of Zinken
Mountain hut

Häuslalm Hütte

  • Photo of Häuslalm Hütte
  • Photo of Häuslalm Hütte

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