Silent Waters: family on the float at Untersee lake

Silent Waters - Hike to Untersee Lake

easy Themed walks · Schladming

Tour characteristics
Distance: 3.09 km
Duration: 1:10 h
Ascent: 156 m
Descent: 156 m
Best time of year
The tour

The trail to Untersee Lake is a beautiful easy hike for families. Starting at Reiteralmsee Lake the hike leads through a clear forest to Untersee Lake. On the way to the Lake you pass by two tarns, where wooden benches invite you to sit down and to enjoy the scenery for a bit. At Untersee Lake you can cross the lake on a wooden float and enjoy the scenery from a viewing platform. Around the lake, several wooden benches invite for a break at the lake. A couple of opportunites to play with the water are waiting for the kids as well.

Turn-by-turn directions

Trail head for this easy hike is the mountain terminal of Preunegg-Jet cable-car. From here you follow trail n° 66 passing by the lake. Walk across the alpine meadow into the clear forest and you will soon reach the turnoff (trail n° 66) for Untersee Lake.

Via a couple of switchbacks you hike downhill through the forest and reach a first small tarn which is called "Glackerch" by the locals. Further on through the clear forest you soon reach the next small tarn - the "Waldsee" Lake. An idyllic wooden bench invites for a short rest here.

After some minutes walk more you finally reach the Untersee Lake. For the way back take the same way. If you want to take an alternative route for the way back there is a trail that takes you from the lake up to the Reiteralm Alpine Loop. To reach this trail you follow the banks of the lake to the lakes' West end and from there continue uphill until the trail joins the trail n° 66.

Getting there

Take Reiteralmstraße toll road to Gasselhöh'-Hütte on top of Reiteralm.

Take the bus of Ramsauer Verkehrsbetriebe (Tuesday, Friday and Sunday) from Ramsau and Pichl-Vorberg to the valley terminal of Preunegg-Jet cable-car. From here continue by cable-car to Reiteralm (operating times at

  • Bus schedule of Ramsauer Verkehrsbetriebe:

Parking lots are available at:

  • Eiskarhütte Inn, Reiteralm
  • Reiteralmhütte chalet, Reiteralm
  • Gasselhöh'-Hütte chalet, Reiteralm
  • valley terminal of Preunegg-Jet cable-car
Hiking trail head Reiteralm
Hiking trail head Reiteralm

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
Mostly cloudy through the day with a chance of occasional sunny spells.
in the morning
at noon
in the evening
Rather cloudy in the morning, then sunny spells will develop gradually.
in the morning
at noon
in the evening
Dry and partly sunny throughout the day, with cloudy periods from time to time.

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