Hochwurzen - Rossfeld - Guschen
moderate closed Hiking · Schladming
Trail #773 is not accessible at the moment in the section between the upper trail crossing 61/773 (at Hochweg forest road) and Latterfußsattel mountain saddle. The landowners are working in the forest using heavy machinery.
As safety always goes first, we ask for your understanding that this trail section is closed!
We will inform you, as soon as the trail is accessible again!
As an alternative route we recommend the trails via Hüttecksattel mountain saddle and Roßfeld summit (trails #61 and #60).
Hike with medium difficulty from the summit of Hochwurzen to the summit of Guschen. Mountain pines and Swiss Stone Pines seam the trail which is a light up & down over the extensive ridge of Rossfeld. Alltogether a quite easygoing hike. From Hochwurzen (1,850 m) and Guschen (1,982 m) you have a great panoramic view to the Dachstein-Massif and the Schladminger Tauern mountain range.
From the mountain terminal of the Hochwurzen cable-car at Hochwurzenhütte you follow trail n° 60 via "Kleine Wurzen" and through the pine forest to the mountain saddle of "Hüttecksattel" (1,744 m) from where the trail ascends easily to the ridge of Rossfeld (1,919 m). While walking over the long ridge you get an idea why it has got its name (Rossfeld translates to "horse fur"). From the Rossfeld you descend to the mountain saddle of "Latterfußsattel" (1,792 m). From here the trail ascends again to the summit of Guschen (1,982 m) - the hightest point of this tour. From the summit you have a beautiful view into the Obertal valley and to the Steirische Kalkspitze summit at the valley head of Preuneggtal valley.
For the way back there are several alternatives:
- Take the way back to Latterfußsattel and from there take trail n° 773 to Obertal valley and to the valley terminal of the Hochwurzen cable-car.
- Take the way you came back to Hütteckattel and from there take trail n° 61 to Obertal valley and the valley terminal of Hochwurzen cable-car.
- Take the way you came back to Hochwurznhütte and ride back down with the cable-car or take trail n° 60 back down to the valley terminal of the Hochwurzen cable-car (+1.5 hours).
- Buses of Planai-Hochwurzen-Bahnen: www.planaibus.at
From there take the Hochwurzen cable-car to Hochwurzenhütte on top of Hochwurzen.
- Operating times of the cable-car: www.planai.at
Surefootedness is requried.
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