Duisitzkar cirque with the Duisitzkarsee Lake and the 2 chalets in Obertal

Duisitzkarsee Lake - a gem of nature

moderate Hiking · Schladming

Current Conditions
Elevated on 01/05/19
Obertal valley head - dogs not allowed

From the valley head at Eschachalm further into Obertal the landowners do not allow to bring along dogs.

Tour characteristics
Distance: 6.83 km
Duration: 3:12 h
Ascent: 533 m
Descent: 533 m
Best time of year
The tour

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.

Turn-by-turn directions

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.

Getting there
From Schladming take provincial highway L722 to Rohrmoos. At the roundabout continue towards Obertal on provincial highway L723. In the village of Untertal make a right after hotel Landauerhof and continue on Obertalstraße until you reach the hiking trail head at Eschachalm. The last 2 kms of the road are a gravel road.
With the Planai buses from Schladming (Planet-Planai, Lendplatz) or Rohrmoos (Rohrmoos-Zentrum) to Eschachalm in Obertal.
Parking is available at the hiking trail head Eschachalm.
Hiking trail head Eschachalm, Obertal
Hiking trail head Eschachalm, Obertal

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

Weather forecast

in the morning
at noon
in the evening
Dry and partly sunny throughout the day, with cloudy periods from time to time.
in the morning
at noon
in the evening
Sunny spells in the morning, then increasingly cloudy and finally scattered snow showers.
in the morning
at noon
in the evening
Dull throughout the day with light snowfall every once in a while.

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