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From Gstatterboden to the Ennstaler Hütte

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  • Die Abkürzung durch den Wald, dadurch erspart man sich das Ausgehen der Forststraßenkehren
    / Die Abkürzung durch den Wald, dadurch erspart man sich das Ausgehen der Forststraßenkehren
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  • / Das Kropfbründl kurz vor der Wegkreuzung Kroisn - super um die Trinkflasche nachzufüllen
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  • / Der Wegweiser "Kroisn" - wir gehen geradeaus auf dem schnellsten Weg zur Ennstaler Hütte
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  • / Über die Weideflächen der Hörantalm
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  • / Krafttanken beim Butterbründl
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  • / Die holzernen Stiegen im oberen Abschnitt sind super Steighilfen
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  • / Eindrücke vom Aufstieg - im Hintergrund der Planspitz (Blick Richtung Süden)
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  • / Eine markierte Abkürzung durch den Wald
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  • / Am Landler Eck, beim letzten Wegweiser vor der Ennstaler Hütte
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  • / Blick auf die "Hinterseite" des Gesäuses (Richtung Nordosten)
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  • / Die Ennstaler Hütte (1544 m)
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  • / Blick von der Hochscheibenalm Richtung Südosten auf den Lugauer
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  • / Hütten im Gesäuse | Ennstalerhütte
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The fastest way to the oldest refuge in the Gesäuse.

From Gstatterboden via the open spaces of the Gstatterboden farmer and those of the Hörantalm up to the Ennstaler Hut.

On the descent simply hike over the Hochscheibenalm and make a nice little round tour.

moderate
Distance 14.7 km
6:00 h
966 m
976 m
From the National Park Pavilion in Gstatterboden, this hut hike leads alternately along forest roads, forest paths and open alpine meadows up to the oldest hut in the Gesäuse, the Ennstal Hut. If you think that you can quench your thirst only at the hut, you are mistaken! Already on the ascent path, which is very well marked by the way, you will pass two springs, which invite you to fill up your water bottles and take a short break. During the short breaks, which the sometimes steep ascent requires, you will enjoy incredible views of Lugauer, Zinödl, Planspitz, Hochtor, Reichenstein and Buchstein massifs and you will get the urge for further hikes. If you look carefully, you can even see the Hesshütte on the Ennseck saddle on the opposite side of the valley. Once you arrive at the top of the Enns Valley Hut, while eating the famous "Kaspressknödel" (cheese dumplings), you have to consider whether you should sleep one night at the hut and the next day focus on the Tamischbach Tower, the Tieflim Wall or the crossing into the Mühlbachgraben.

Author’s recommendation

Sleep one night at the hut and on the next day take aim at the Tamischbach Tower, the Tieflimauer or the crossing into the Mühlbachgraben.
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Tourismusverband Gesäuse
Update: March 19, 2021
Difficulty
moderate
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Highest point
1,544 m
Lowest point
578 m
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Rest Stop

Nationalpark Pavillon
Ennstalerhütte , 1.544m

Safety information

Certain passages are steep and require surefootedness!

Mountain rescue emergency call: 140

Emergency message tip - answer the six W questions: What happened? How many injured? Where did the accident happen (possibly GPS coordinates)? Who is reporting (callback number)? When did the accident happen? Weather at the scene of the accident?

Tips and hints

Tourismusverband Gesäuse

Hauptstraße 35, 8911 Admont, Österreich

Tel. +43 (0) 3613 21160 10

Email: info@gesaeuse.at

 

www.gesaeuse.at

Start

Nationalpark-Parkplatz Gstatterboden NP Pavillon (585 m)
Coordinates:
DD
47.592051, 14.634360
DMS
47°35'31.4"N 14°38'03.7"E
UTM
33T 472510 5271024
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Destination

Nationalpark-Parkplatz Gstatterboden NP Pavillon

Turn-by-turn directions

For this hut hike there are two different ways:

On the one hand from the parking lot of the National Park Pavilion in Gstatterboden via trail no. 646 first up to the nearby chapel, from where you have a good view of the houses and the railway station.

Alternatively, you can start at the car park 800 m east of the National Park Pavilion and hike north along a forest road until you reach the other access path after a few hundred metres. The marked hiking trail then leads you, now and then through the woods and briefly somewhat steeper, directly up to the Gstatterbodenbauer, an alpine pasture where cows graze.

The next ½ hour you follow the forest road (Hochscheiben MTB Tour) until you reach the Kropfbründl after about one kilometre. A little later you reach the crossroads Kroisn, where you have to decide which way you want to go to the Ennstaler Hütte. The fastest way, which we therefore also recommend for the ascent, leads in a northerly direction to the Hörantalm (934 m), where you can see not only cows but also the Planspitz behind you.

Now the path climbs steeper through beautiful mixed forest - once you hike along a forest road for a short time - past Butterbründl to the Ennstaler Hut. After a break, you can follow trail 642 along a partly steep forest path to the beautifully situated Hochscheibenalm. From there you follow the Hochscheiben-MTB trail (=forestry road) in western direction to the Kroissenalm, where you can recharge your batteries one last time before the circuit closes again at the Kroisn crossroads (5 min from the managed alpine pasture) and you follow the ascent trail to the starting point.

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all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

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Getting there

A9 Phyrn motorway to exit Ardning/Admont and from there past Frauenberg, approx. 10 km after Admont. Via the B146 (Gesäuse Bundesstraße) coming from the west into the Gesäuse.

Or via Leoben, Vordernberg and Eisenerz to Hieflau and from there via the B146 in a westerly direction into the Gesaeuse.

A1 Westautobahn to exit Ybbs and from there in southern direction through Scheibbs, Lunz am See, Göstling an der Ybbs and Palfau to Hieflau. From there via B146 in western direction into the Gesäuse.

Parking

A free parking lot with information boards is located at the National Park Pavilion in Gstatterboden. Just under a kilometre to the east is another car park with information boards. The paths that start from the different starting points then (as described in the text) come together after a few hundred metres.

Coordinates

DD
47.592051, 14.634360
DMS
47°35'31.4"N 14°38'03.7"E
UTM
33T 472510 5271024
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Rother Wanderführer Gesäuse, G. und L. Auferbauer (2018)

Author’s map recommendations

Carto.at Wander- Rad- & Skitourenkarte Nr 801 "Nationalpark Gesäuse", 1: 35 000

Kompass Karten "Nationalpark Gesäuse" Nr. 206, M 1 : 25 000

Alpenvereinskarte - Gesäuse und Ennstaler Alpen, Blatt 16. 1 :25 000

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Equipment

Sturdy hiking boots or good trekking shoes, as well as a hiking rucksack with appropriate contents (water bottle, blister plaster, hiking map, snack, etc.).

You should also be well prepared for a change of weather.

Basic Equipment for Hiking

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Hiking socks  
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Blister kit
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
14.7 km
Duration
6:00 h
Ascent
966 m
Descent
976 m
Public-transport-friendly Circular route Scenic Refreshment stops available Family-friendly

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