Brettersee Lake on the Hochwurzen High Trail

Hochwurzen High Trail to Giglachseen (Stage 1 of 5-days-tour)

difficult Hiking · Schladming

Tour characteristics
Stamina
Technique
Experience
Landscape
Tour-Infos
Distance: 11.31 km
Duration: 6:30 h
Ascent: 831 m
Descent: 722 m
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The tour

Trail characteristics:

alpine trail with alpine meadows and rocky sections to the Giglachseen Lakes

Refreshment stops:

Hochwurzenhütte, Ignaz-Mattis-Hütte, Giglachseehütte

Points of Interest:

Rossfeld, Guschen, Schiedeck, Klammsee and Brettersee Lakes, Giglachseen Lakes.

Turn-by-turn directions

The 1. stage of the Schladminger Tauern High Trail takes you from Hochwurzen to Giglachseen Lakes. From "Kleine Wurzen" you can already see the first summit of this tour, the Rossfeld. Follow trail n° 60 from Kleine Wurzen and descent through dwarf pines to Hüttecksattel from where you continue on the nature trail Rossfeld to the ridge of Rossfeld. The next summit, Guschen, is already in your view. Passing by bizzare pine trees you descent a little to Latterfußsattel from where you follow trail n° 773 to the summit of Guschen. From there you continue via Schneider and ascend along the West face of the Hochfeld toward the prominent summit of Schiedeck. Passing by underneath the Schiedeck summit you continue East of the Kammspitze and now descend to Brettersee Lake, before you are rewarded with a striking view across the Giglachkar cirque. Above the lakes the trail heads West a little and then brings you down via several switchbacks. For the overnight stay you can choose between Ignaz-Mattis-Hütte and Giglachseehütte.

Descent to the valley:

Via Preuneggsattel you can descend to Ursprungalm in Preuneggtal valley in approximately 1 hour, or alternatively via Landauersee Lake to Hopfriesen in Obertal in 2.5 hours. From either of those 2 points there is a bus back to Rohrmoos and Schladming.

Bus schedules: www.planaibus.at

Getting there
We recommend to arrive at Gipfelbahn Hochwurzen via Planai-Hochwurzen bus. Alternatively you can go there by car.
From Schladming you take the Planai-Hochwurzen buses to the valley terminal of Gipfelbahn Hochwurzen, where you take the cable-car to Hochwurzenhütte.

www.planai.at

Parking
Parking is available at the valley terminal of Gipfelbahn Hochwurzen in Rohrmoos.
Start
Hochwurzenhütte
Destination
Giglachseen Lakes
Security

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

Date
in the morning
-4°C
at noon
8°C
in the evening
0°C
Dry and sunny throughout the day with hardly any clouds.
in the morning
4°C
at noon
7°C
in the evening
2°C
Dry and sunny throughout the day with hardly any clouds.
in the morning
1°C
at noon
6°C
in the evening
-1°C
Dry and sunny throughout the day with hardly any clouds.

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