If you are travelling at the beginning or at the end of the season, there is a possibility that there is still snow left on the Hochfelln summit, therefore this route serves as an alternative if this is the case.
From the middle station of the Hochfellnbahn cable car station, follow forest paths past alpine pastures as you descend to Ruhpolding.
If there is snow on Hochfelln we recommend this route instead.
Today you may be walking past a few different areas where cows graze. Although generally very docile and used to walkers, keep your distance and never turn your back on a cow that is behaving strangely or aggressive. Be particularly vigilant around cows with calves.
Tips and hints
Current conditions along the trail can be found here: www.salzalpensteig.com/wanderetappen/etappenuebersicht/tour/detail/16/salzalpensteig-etappe-4-bergen-ruhpolding.html
The cable car ride costs €17 (one way). Your guest card will get you a €2 discount. From 09:00, the cable car departs every half an hour. Further information on the cable car can be found at: https://www.hochfelln-seilbahnen.de/startseite/
Ruhpolding is a great place to take a break: https://www.chiemsee-chiemgau.info/ruhpolding
It is possible to stop for food at the Steinberg-Alm: www.steinberg-alm.de
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We recommend wearing hiking boots that are well broken-in, plus a rain jacket and waterproof trousers in wet weather, as well as taking sun cream and a hat on nicer days.
In your information pack, you’ll find a detailed list of all the required hiking gear, including some good hiking boots, appropriate clothing, a rain jacket and a backpack.