Via Ferrata: “Rax via Wildfährte (B) & Gustav-Jahn-Steig (B) and descending via cable car”

Climb up the Rax from Hinternaßwald via the Wildfährte (via ferrata, Cat. B) towards the Habsburghaus. This beautiful via ferrata (category B) is suitable for beginners with some experience but also for experienced persons who want to enjoy the amazing view. The tour then crosses the Rax plateau at the Scheibwaldhöhe towards Klobentörl and then uses the Gustav-Jahn-Steig and the upper part of the AV-Steig (via ferrata, Cat. B.) to traverse towards the mountain station of the Rax cable car.

Climb up the Rax via the “Wildfährte”, traverse via the “Gustav-Jahn-Steig” and descent via the cable car

This promising tour starts at Hinternaßwald (GPS: 47.738543, 15.666547) and leads up to the Habsburghaus at the Rax. The tour ascends using the Wildfährte via ferrata (Cat. B, I) that offer awesome views and panoramic views. The via ferrata is fairly easy (cat. B, I) but is sometimes exposed and therefore require a sure food and no fear from heights. After having a well-deserved break at the Habsburghaus, the tour crosses the Rax-plateau towards Klobentörl and then uses (optionally) the Gustav-Jahn-Steig and the upper part of the Alpenvereinssteig via ferratas (both Cat. B) to get to the valley station of the Rax cable-car. The descent is then done using the cable car.

Tour Description

00:00 Start at the parking lot Hinternaßwald. The trail starts opposite of the small river (first following a tarmac road).
00:10 The tarmac road leads into a forest road. Follow the road.
00:25 At the crossing, first follow the road straight-ahead and then keep left (always next to the small river).
00:30 At the signpost (before the valley station of the cable car for goods), keep left and cross the river.
00:35 Follow the forest road (always straight-ahead).
00:55 At the end of the forest road, the Wildfährte trail starts on the right hand side via a stream-bed. Follow the trail marked white-red-white.
01:05 At the crossing, stay right on the Wildfährte (follow the white-red-white markings).
01:25 After crossing a scree slope and climbing up an easy rock, the via ferrata starts. Put on your via ferrata set (“Klettersteigset”).
01:30 Cross the traverse (Querung) and follow the trail.
02:05 At the crossing, stay on the Wildfährte (straight).
02:15 Some climbing parts (I / I+) at the Wildfährte, also allowing impressive views backwards.
02:40 After the last traverse, exit the Wildfährte, enjoy a self-brought refreshment () and then follow the trail on the backside of the cliff.
03:10 Turn left into the Ochenhaltweg and follow the trail towards Habsburghaus.
03:15 Follow the trail marked white-green-white till the crossing with Ochsenhaltweg.
03:16 After passing the mountain huts, stay left and descent following the Ochsenhaltweg.
03:20 At the crossing between Bärenlochsteig, continue following the Ochsenhaltweg (straight).
03:55 Well deserved lunch break at Habsburghaus ().
04:30 Follow the trail back west-wards towards Scheibwaldhöhe/Klobentörl.
05:25 At the crossing, follow the cable-protected trail downwards towards Dirnbacherhütte.
06:00* [optional] Turn left downwards towards Gustav-Jahn-Steig or continue on the trail bypassing the via ferrata.
06:15* Turn right and follow the Gustav-Jahn-Steig (B) via ferrata.
07:15* At the crossing with Alpenvereinssteig (B), turn right and mount up the iron ladder. Follow the AV-Steig (B) via ferrata.
07:30 Exit of the AV-Steig at the Höllentalaussicht. Enjoy the view from there (best enjoyed with a self-brought ).
07:45 Follow the trail backwards (straight), which becomes soon a mountain road and leads towards Praterstern.
08:00 Turn left and follow the mountain road towards the mountain station of the Rax cable car.
08:30 Approaching the Rax cable car. Buy a ticket and take the next car downwards to the parking. End of the tour. While waiting, recap ( ) at the Berggasthof.

At a glance

Level easy-moderate
–  Via Ferrata Category  B 
Shape / Fitness
Best time in the year  
This tour assumes the availability of two cars whereas the first car is parked at the valley station of the Rax cable car (end of the tour). The other car will be parked at Hinternaßwald, the starting point of the tour.
Please note that a full “Klettersteigset” (via ferrata set) is required for this tour!


General Tour Data

Area: Rax/Schneeberg Group, Lower Austria, Austria
Distance: 18km
Ascent: 1631m (4h 00min)
Descent: 795m (1h 40min)
Highest Pt: 1904m
Lowest Pt: 708m
Duration: 7h 45min (without breaks)
8h 30min (with breaks)
Stop/Rest: Habsburghaus (1785m)
Glocknitzer Hütte (1548m)
Ottohaus (1644m)
Berggasthof (1545m)
Equipment: Via ferrata set incl. helmet
Backpack with standard hiking equipment
Snacks and plenty of water
2x Gipfelbier  
Sun & Weather protection
Topo/Map: Wildfährte (B)
Gustav-Jahn-Steig (B)
Alpenvereinssteig (B)

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Tour Diary

2020-06-27 08:30

Weather: Sunny, thunderstorms
Participants: Stefan, Herbert, Robert
Activity: Suunto
Comments: Due to thunderstorms we had to cancel the planned Gustav-Jahn-Steig via ferrata and directly continued towards the Höllentalaussicht.

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