Promising tour around the “Grüner See” (green lake) up to the “Sonnschienalm”
The tour starts at the “Grüner See” (green lake) which is a karst lake located in Tragöß-Sankt Kathrein (Styria). This lake fills up slowly with melt-water from the surrounding mountains and thus is very clear but also very cold (5-6°C). The water-level heavily depends on the season: it reaches its maximum level in early summer (around 10 m) but nearly dries out in fall.
|00:00||Parking at the parking lot Grüner See (ticket required!)|
|00:05||Start the tour at “Gasthof Grüner See” (restaurant)
Follow the Seesteig around the lake.
|01:00||Follow the small and steep trail (at the other end of the lake) through the wood towards the Klammhöhe. The trail leads into a dirt road which directs to the Klammhöhe.|
|01:30||Detour at the Klammhöhe towards the viewpoint: turn right towards the Kamplsteig.|
|01:35||Take the Kamplsteig that leads to the viewpoint “Blick zum Grünen See“.|
|01:45||Break at the viewpoint Blick zum Grünen See (enjoy your brought ).|
|02:15||Walk back on the Kamplsteig towards the Klammhöhe.|
|02:20||End of Detour: Follow the dirt road towards In der Klausen.|
|02:40||In der Klausen: pass by a small lake and a farm at your left hand-side and and follow the trail towards the Klamm (flume).|
|02:45||Ascend through the Klamm (flume), an impressive section of the trail.|
|03:00||Klammboden: Follow the trail through the Klammboden, a nice and wide mountain pasture.|
|03:30||At the end of the Klammboden, follow the small and very steep trail uphill towards the Sonnschienalm.|
|04:10||Turn left when reaching the crossing of the two trails towards the Sonnschienalm.|
|04:50||After reaching the top, the Sonnschienalm begins. Keep right and head towards the Sonnschienhütte.|
|05:05||Take a well-deserved rest at the Sonnschienhütte ().|
|06:10||Descend via the Russenstraße and enjoy the awesome view. Take the trail that constantly shortcuts the Russenstraße.|
|07:30||Optional detour: Shortly before the end of the Russenstraße take the shortcut to the Jassing Almhüttn for a refreshment ().
Follow the Almweg till you reach again the green lake.
|08:25*||Relax and recap @ Gasthof Grüner See ().|
*: Time not considering the break at the Jassing Almhüttn.
At a glance
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Interesting background information
The lake’s unique blue-green color results from:
- the fact that clear water absorbs the red portions of light
- the lake itself is surrounded by mountains and therefore protected from wind and thus there are no waves on the surface
- the soil beneath is mostly chalk and thus no floating particles are set out into the water