Duisitzkarsee Lake - a gem of nature
moderate Hiking · Schladming
From the valley head at Eschachalm further into Obertal the landowners do not allow to bring along dogs.
The hike to Duisitzkarsee Lake starts from the valley floor at Eschachalm. Through pine forest with 2 larger clearings you ascend to one of the most popular photo motifs in Styria. In the warm summer months the lake is also a good opportunity for refreshment.
From the trail head at Eschachboden you follow trail n° 775 towards Duisitzkarsee Lake. At the beginning the trail ascends quite steeply, passing the waterfall of Seebach creek through the pine forest on the way to Saghütten chalets, which you reach after approximately 45 minutes. After a short break you continue to the clearing of Kesslerboden where the trail is a little less steep than in the beginning. Saghütten and Kesslerboden offer a great view to the valley head of Obertal valley with Samspitze, Sandspitze, Zwerfenberg and Elendberg summits.
Beyond Kesslerboden the trail starts to ascend steeper again. After a couple of switchbacks through the forest you reach Duisitzkarsee Lake after another 30 minutes, where Duisitzkarseehütte and Fahrlechhütte chalets invite for refreshments and a snack. Duisitzkarsee Lake is a picturesque mountain lake and the hike is a perfect option for families.
If you prefer you can also ascend and descend via a forestry road.
- Buses of Planai-Hochwurzen-Bahnen: www.planaibus.at
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