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HOCHKÖNIGMAN Hochkönig Skyrace

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"Higher, steeper, faster" the Hochkönig Skyrace, probably the hardest distance at the Hochkönigman Trailrunning Festival
Distance 31.4 km
7:28 h
2,720 m
2,626 m
2,390 m
798 m
The Hochkönig Skyrace is one of the toughest, if not the toughest distance at the Hochkönigman Trailrunning Festival.From Maria Alm, the course is 32.6 km and 2,720 hm+ high up into the sea of stone. The highest point to be reached is the Schönegg with 2,390 hm. The Skyrace is a very technical distance with some climbing to overcome. The time limit at the Hochkönigman Trailrunning Festival is 6 hours for the Skyrace.

Author’s recommendation

On the route there are 3 more peaks to take (Sommerstein 2.308m, Wurmkopf 2.451m and Schönfeldspitze 2.653m).
Highest point
Schönegg, 2,390 m
Lowest point
798 m
Best time of year

Safety information

Self-assessment Check your physical fitness before each tour and assess your strength correctly!
Planning and preparation Plan each intended tour in detail beforehand.
Equipment On the mountain you need appropriate equipment and clothing, especially weather and cold protection are essential as the weather can often change unexpectedly.
Weather forecasts Take note of the current weather conditions at:
Together Observe the 10 rules for the correct handling of grazing animals and do not leave any waste in nature!
Turn back in good time This is not a disgrace, but a sign of common sense. It becomes necessary when the weather changes, fog rolls in, and also when the path is too difficult or not in good condition.
Stay on the marked paths             


Emergency numbers: Alpine emergency call: 140                                                                                                                           
                                         International emergency call: 122

Tips and hints

The hiking map is available at the tourist office.
Opening hours of the cable cars in summer
Opening hours of the huts & alpine pastures in summer
+43 (0)6584 20388

Hochkönigman Trailrunning Festival


Maria Alm Natrunbahn car park (802 m)
47.406670, 12.905960
47°24'24.0"N 12°54'21.5"E
33T 342014 5252483


Maria Alm Natrunbahn car park

Turn-by-turn directions

Start: Maria Alm/Salzburg

After the start at the "Trailbase Hochkönigman" at 807m, run in the opposite direction to all other starts across the car park, in front of the church down the next road to the right and past the Maria Alm tourist office on the left, to run over the small bridge on the right at the Moserwirt inn. Cross the bridge and follow the Skyrace markings in the direction of Hochreith/Riemannhaus, first over a short stretch of asphalt, then across a large alpine meadow and continuing through beautiful forest trails.

From Hochreith, continue towards Riemannhaus until you reach the Fürstenbründl junction, where you keep to the right, always following the Skyrace markings. The trail continues and also descends a short distance along the forest road before it climbs very steeply through a stream bed and technically follows the Skyrace markings uphill in the direction of Riemannhaus.

The trail continues steeply through the forest for a short while before crossing a forest road and, from km 7, climbing very steeply and partly secured with ropes into the rock to the Riemannhaus.

Once at the Riemannhaus, follow the Skyrace markings up via Schönegg and walk over the grade to the Wurmkopf and turn left at the Wurmscharte into the Steinerne Meer.

Here the descent is very steep and technical and follow the Skyrace markings uphill and downhill to the Buchauerscharte.

When you arrive at the Buchauerscharte, the downhill is very steep and technical, first over scree, then over a forest road and further down over beautiful forest trails to Rohrmoos.

Shortly before Rohrmoos you run a short stretch together with the speed trail runners. After a stretch on a forest road, the Speed Trail branches off to the right and the Skyrace to the left and about 200m later, over a bridge, run again to the left in the direction of the Lechner Alm.

After the refreshment point, head up to the Lechner Alm, first via a short stretch on the forest road, then continue along a very steep forest trail past the Lechner Alm to the Massingsattel. From the Massingsattel, follow the Skyrace markings through a technical forest trail to the Brimbachalm and a steep section up to the Brimbachkögerl, from where it is a very steep descent to the Jufen Alm.

The Jufen Alm is run through and the last 200m+ ascent takes you through a forest trail past the reservoir up to the Natrun, from where the last fast downhill, partly over technical trails and the finish sprint across the car park into the Hochkönigman trail base.


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

ÖBB-Scotty: Timetable information
Bus line 620: Timetable information
Hiking bus: Timetable information

Getting there

Coming from Salzburg: Take the A10 motorway to the Bischofshofen exit, then take the B311 towards Bischofshofen. Follow the Hochkönig Bundesstraße/B164 to Maria Alm.
Coming from Innsbruck/ Kufstein: Take the Loferer Straße/B178 in the direction of St. Johann i.T., then follow the Hochkönig Bundesstraße/B164 via Saalfelden to Maria Alm.
A valid vignette is required to use the Austrian motorway and motorway network. It is also compulsory to carry a first-aid kit, warning triangle and high-visibility waistcoat. Further information can be found under Asfinag.


Free parking at the beginning of the village and in the centre of Maria Alm


47.406670, 12.905960
47°24'24.0"N 12°54'21.5"E
33T 342014 5252483
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

  • Hochkönig, Albert Precht, Verlag Anton Pustet
  • Meine Tour – Bergtourenführer Salzburg und Berchtesgaden
  • Der Eigensinn der Schöpfung, Edition Schön & Gut im Verlag Anton Pustet
  • Region Hochkönig, Dietmar Sochor, FST Verlag
  • Stolperherz am Hochkönig, Eckhard Schröder, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Author’s map recommendations

  • Hochkönig Wanderkarte
  • Freytag & Berndt WK 103 Pongau – Hochkönig – Saalfelden
  • Kompass Wanderkarte Tennengebirge – Hochkönig
  • Rother Wanderführer Hochkönig

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  • Sunglasses
  • Sun protection
  • Rain protection
  • Drinks and a snack
  • Necessary medication
  • First aid kit
  • Bike map

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31.4 km
7:28 h
2,720 m
2,626 m
Highest point
2,390 m
Lowest point
798 m
Circular route Scenic Refreshment stops available Summit route


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