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Alpine trail through "Höll" gorge

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  • Hiking Trail head Seeleiten car park, Untertal
    / Hiking Trail head Seeleiten car park, Untertal
    Photo: Herbert Raffalt, Tourismusverband Schladming - Herbert Raffalt
  • / Lower Riesach waterfall in Untertal
    Photo: Plank, Tourismusverband Schladming - Plank
  • / Upper Riesach waterfall, Untertal
    Photo: Andi Küchenmeister, Tourismusverband Schladming - Andi Küchenmeister
  • / Please walk the alpine trail only uphill
    Photo: Cornelia Sprenger, Tourismusverband Schladming
  • / View across the suspension bridge on the Alpine Trail Höll
    Photo: Gerhard Pilz, Tourismusverband Schladming
  • / 50 m steel rope bridge crossing the "Höll" gorge
    Photo: Tourismusverband Schladming, Schladming-Dachstein Tourismusmarketing GmbH
  • / 50 m steel rope bridge spanning the "Höll" gorge
    Photo: Herbert Raffalt, Tourismusverband Schladming - Herbert Raffalt
  • / A hiker rests at the creek in Höll gorge
    Photo: Gerhard Pilz, Gerhard Pilz - www.gpic.at
  • / Viewing platforms along the alpine trail "Höll"
    Photo: Schladming-Dachstein, Schladming-Dachstein
  • / washout in the rock faces at alpine trail "Höll"
    Photo: Herbert Raffalt, Tourismusverband Schladming - Herbert Raffalt
  • / Viewing platforms along the alpine trail "Höll"
    Photo: Herbert Raffalt, Tourismusverband Schladming - Herbert Raffalt
  • / Alpine trail through "Höll" gorge
    Photo: Herbert Raffalt, Tourismusverband Schladming - Herbert Raffalt
  • / Rapids in Höll gorge
    Photo: Gerhard Pilz, Gerhard Pilz - www.gpic.at
  • / Steel bridge over Riesach creek in Höll gorge
    Photo: Gerhard Pilz, Gerhard Pilz - www.gpic.at
  • / Upper Gfölleralm, Untertal - Schladminger Tauern
    Photo: Gfölleralm, Schladming-Dachstein Tourismusmarketing GmbH
  • / Almgasthaus Riesachfall inn in Untertal
    Photo: Almgasthaus Riesachfall - Familie Unterkofler, Almgasthaus Riesachfall - Familie Unterkofler
  • / Please descend from Riesachsee lake along the forestry road
    Photo: Cornelia Sprenger, Tourismusverband Schladming
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This trail takes you to the Riesach waterfalls and through "Höll" (hell) gorge.

This route passes through an inaccessible area and is therefore closed.Current information

closed
moderate
Distance 3.9 km
1:45 h
295 m
296 m
1,368 m
1,073 m

Discover the imposing Riesach Waterfall, the highest in Styria. The masses of water thunder two stages and 140 meters to the valley below. Highlight: alpine trail with steel suspension bridge.

Trail characteristics:

Steep forest trail alongside Riesach Waterfall, then to lake Riesachsee on an easier forest lane, or along the challenging alpine trail "durch die Höll" (through Höll), which is not suitable for small children or for dogs. The alpine trail is for ascent only - no descent along the alpine trail!

Restaurants:

  • Almgasthaus Riesachfall
  • Gfölleralm
  • Kaltenbachalm

Highlights:

  • 50 meter long steel rope suspension bridge
  • Viewing platforms in the gorge
  • Riesach Waterfalls
  • Riesachsee Lake

Author’s recommendation

On hot summer’s days you can stop at the first viewing platform and enjoy the refreshment provided by the spray blowing off the waterfall.
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Author
Gerhard Pilz
Update: January 17, 2022
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
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Landscape
Highest point
Gfölleralm chalet, 1,368 m
Lowest point
Seeleiten car park, 1,073 m
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Safety information

Surefootness required, unsuitable for small children and dogs.

Changes in weather patterns, quick falls in temperature, thunderstorms, wind, fog and snow are some of the dangers that can be encountered on a hiking tour. Hosts of alpine huts and mountain refuges have a lot of experience in the mountains and can give good advice about weather and the trails. Poor equipment, overestimation of one's own capabilities, carelessness, poor personal constitution and/or wrong judgement  can lead to critical situations. In case of thunderstorms: avoid summits, ridges and steel ropes.

GPS data and orienteering

Available GPS data - just like hiking maps - is only a guidance for orientation and can never depict a trail exactly with all its details. Especially at dangerous spots it is essential to judge on site how to proceed.

In an emergency please call:

  • 140 - for Alpine emergencies (all over Austria)
  • 112 - European GSM emergency number 

Tips and hints

Tourist information: www.schladming.com

Information about bus schedules: www.planaibus.at

Website Wild Waters with 360° images: www.wildewasser.com

Start

Seeleiten car park (1,075 m)
Coordinates:
DD
47.327040, 13.759820
DMS
47°19'37.3"N 13°45'35.4"E
UTM
33T 406291 5242253
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Destination

Seeleiten car park

Turn-by-turn directions

From Almgasthaus Riesachfall the ascent is along a steep hiking trail with steps, located close to the water and a truly memorable experience, with viewing platforms and a 50 m cable footbridge. If this sounds a little too adventurous for you, or if you are hiking with children under eight, you can continue your hike to Riesachsee Lake, prior to reaching the cable bridge, along a forest lane.

In the canyon, the hike continues along the ››durch die Höll‹‹ alpine trail. It is well secured and features countless steps and stairs. You are mostly close to the rapid, untamed waters of the stream, able to feel how pristine this natural setting truly is and discovering so much along the way. A beautiful view reveals itself upstream, as the summit of the Hochwildstelle becomes visible. Via a steep ladder you climb out of the trail right by the pleasant Gfölleralm.

Just a few steps further is the deep-green Riesachsee Lake (elev. 1,338 m), flanked by lush forests and high mountainsides, while on the left shore the Kaltenbachalm invites you to enjoy a well-earned refreshment stop.

We recommend returning along the forest lane.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

With the Planai buses from Schladming (Planet-Planai, Lendplatz) or Rohrmoos (Rohrmoos-Zentrum) to Untertal - bus stop "Riesach Wasserfall" at Seeleiten car park (last stop).

Getting there

From Schladming take provincial highway L722 (Rohrmoosstraße road) to Rohrmoos and at the roundabout continue on provincial highway L723 (Tälerstraße road) towards Untertal. In the village of Untertal continue straight on "Untertalstraße" road until you reach the valley head at Seeleiten car park.

Parking

Seeleiten car park at the valley head of Untertal.

ATTENTION: there is a parking fee at the public parking lots in Untertal valley.

Coordinates

DD
47.327040, 13.759820
DMS
47°19'37.3"N 13°45'35.4"E
UTM
33T 406291 5242253
w3w 
///maritime.preferable.professed
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

  • Tourist map "Hiking - Running - Walking", available at the tourist office Schladming.
  • Magazine "Wild Waters", available at the tourist office Schladming.

Author’s map recommendations

  • Hiking map Schladming, 1:25.000, available at the tourist office Schladming.
  • Hiking map Schladming-Dachstein, 1:50.000, available at the tourist office Schladming.

Equipment

A well-packed backpack is helpful and especially when touring Alpine terrain a tuque, gloves, a windproof jacket and pants are standard equipment. Good, waterproof shoes, sun glasses, sun cream and sufficient beverages are essential too. Torch light, a map of the area, knie and a small first-aid kit should also be in the backpack.

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Gerald Speckner
August 15, 2021 · Community
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July 29, 2021 · Community
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Helge S.
October 06, 2020 · Community
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When did you do this route? October 06, 2020
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closed
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
3.9 km
Duration
1:45 h
Ascent
295 m
Descent
296 m
Highest point
1,368 m
Lowest point
1,073 m
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