Gorge Adventures and Wild Waters
Wild Waters - Schladming/Rohrmoos Untertal
The Wild Waters alpine path takes you up to Riesach waterfall. In 2 stages, the water plunges 140 meters down to the Untertal valley below.
This is, in fact, the highest waterfall in Styria.
After an initial winding walk via a steep, though wide path with steps, in about 30 minutes we reach the alpine trail, which extends out through a canyon alongside the flowing waters of the Riesachbach. A wonderful opportunity to experience the primal power of water in an impressive way.
Especially in springtime after the snowmelt, this affords us a magnificent natural spectacle. The trail does demand surefootedness and a head for heights – yet it is still suitable for children and highly popular.
The descent takes us down a forestry road that can be enjoyed by everyone. This road can also be used to comfortably reach the Obere Gfölleralm without having to use the alpine trail.
Silberkar Gorge - Ramsau Rössing
The Silberkarklamm is a romantic wild-water gorge in the heart of the Dachstein Massif. Leaving the car park above the Lodenwalke in Ramsau Rössing, go along the Silberkarbach to the entrance of the Silberkar (1050 m). The hiking trail leads through magnificent, wild nature, past Alpine flora and fauna in their natural habitat of the roaring gorge. The end of the gorge opens up into the Silberkar. It was formerly farmed pasture but is now a day-trip destination for young and old. The Silberkarhütte (1250m) can be reached in around 35 minutes and 200m elevation. The refuge provides hikers with organic products from its own farm and will delight you with a wonderful view from the sun terrace. For families with kids, the Silberkarhütte is usually the ending point of a fantastic hike. For others, the pasture can be the starting point for further hikes on the “Stein”: the Karst Mountains along the Dachstein Massif.
In the Silberkarklamm area, you’ll also find the three climbing routes "Hias", "Siega" and "Rosina" – more information is available at Klettersteige in Schladming-Dachstein.
Constantly swirling and eddying through the area, the Wörschachbach has excavated a path through the rocks over thousands of years.
In the late 1800s, merchants and horse-drawn carts would make their way through this canyon. At the upper entrance to the gorge, above today's trail, you can still see abutments chiseled into the rock. They once served as supports for the girders of a steep bridge. For the most part, however, the path led alongside the stream bed, the course of which has changed several times of the years.
At the end of the last Ice Age, as the glaciers began to retreat in the mountains, alpine cirques were formed and the streams dug themselves deep into the soft (quartz) phyllite rock which predominated in much of the Ennstal valley. The narrow, V-shaped valley created by the erosion made transportation very difficult, especially when it came to the most important building and fuel material of that time, wood.
Today, you can take a walk of around 15 minutes to an original woodcutter's hut and the model of such as timber grill - it is here that the natural monument begins.