Hochwurzen High Trail to Giglachseen (Stage 1 of 5-days-tour)
difficult Hiking · Schladming
alpine trail with alpine meadows and rocky sections to the Giglachseen Lakes
Hochwurzenhütte, Ignaz-Mattis-Hütte, Giglachseehütte
Points of Interest:
Rossfeld, Guschen, Schiedeck, Klammsee and Brettersee Lakes, Giglachseen Lakes.
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
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