Via Ferrata: “Hochlantsch via Franz-Scheikl Steig (C/D)”

Difficult but promising via ferrata up to the Hochlantsch (1717m) via the Franz-Scheikl Klettersteig (C/D) whereas the demanding crux is at the end (after a long ascent). After visiting the summit, the tour descends towards the Steirischer Jokl and then continues to the Rannerwand. The descent is then done via Schüsserlbrunn.

Climb Hochlantsch via the Franz-Scheikl Via Ferrata

The tour starts at the parking at Wöllingergraben Weg 20, 8614 St. Jakob bei Mixnitz (GPS: 47.374226, 15.422393) and first leads through a forest towards the start of the Franz-Scheikl Via Ferrata. The Via Ferrata is more than 2 km long and the ascent is 316 m. The difficulty level is mostly cat. C with two C/D parts. The crux is a steep ridge (Cat. D) at the end of the long and overall demanding via ferrata – which becomes dangerous especially when wet or foggy (due to visibility issues). However, it can be bypassed on a Cat. B trail.

At the end of the via ferrata, the hiking trail leads up to the summit (Hochlantsch, 1717m) which allows an impressive panorama view around the Grazer Bergland. Descending back via the same trail, the tour passes the Steirischer Jokl, a very nice and homey hut offering good food and drinks. The way back is passing Schüsserlbrunn and follows the trail back to the parking.

Please note: The via ferrata was changed in 2017. The new line is more difficult than the old one, thus various misleading descriptions exist in the web. The difficulty level is now C/D!
Please note that a full “Klettersteigset” (via ferrata set) is mandatory (life saving) for this tour!


Tour Description

00:00 Start at the parking lot Wöllingergraben Weg (GPS: 47.374226, 15.422393) and follow the trail towards Hochlantsch.
00:20 At the crossing, turn left towards the Franz-Scheikl-Steig.
00:25 The trail leads into a forest street. Turn left and follow the forest street for a few meters.
00:27 Turn right following the Naturfreunde Klettersteig signpost.
00:30 Cross the forest street again and follow the trail towards the Franz-Scheikl Klettersteig.
01:00 After passing an old wooden hut, the entrance of the Franz-Scheikl Klettersteig is reached. Put on your via ferrata set and start the climbing following the route.
02:45 The crux of the Franz-Scheikl Klettersteig. Please note that it can be bypassed following the trail on the left hand side. Consider a break before the ascent to regain strength.
03:40 At the exit of the Via Ferrata, turn left and follow the trail towards Hochlantsch.
03:55 Enjoy the awesome panorama view at the summit of Hochlantsch with a self brought drink ().
04:30 Follow the trail back (towards Steirischer Jokl).
05:20 Well deserved break () at Steirischer Jokl.
06:40* Follow the trail towards Schüsserlbrunn (small church) and descend via this easy hiking trail.
07:00* Cross the street and continue on the trail.
07:10* Cross the street again and follow the trail.
07:15* At the crossing towards the Franz-Scheikl-Klettersteig, follow the trail (same trail as ascending).
07:35* Back at the car parking.


The tour can be extended (~ 10 hours in total) by descending towards Guter Hirte and then following the trail towards Rannerwand (see GPX track for details).
06:20 Descend via the forest road and trail towards Guter Hirte.
06:35 At the crossing, turn right into the trail and follow the small trail through the forest.
06:43 Bypass the Guter Hirte and follow the Prügelweg (forest road)
06:47 At the crossing, turn right into the forest street.
07:06 Follow the road (left hand side) and turn left into the trail towards Rannerwand viewpoint.
07:30 Descend the wooden ladder to the Rannerwand viewpoint. Enjoy the view with a self-brought refreshment ().
07:45 Walk back on the same trail towards Guter Hirte and Steirischer Jokl.
08:40 Break at the Steirischer Jokl, enjoy the sunset ().
10:30 Using a head lamp, follow the trail towards Schüsserlbrunn (small church) and descend via this hiking trail.
11:40 Back at the car parking.

General Tour Data

Area: Grazer Bergland, Styria, Austria
Distance: 14km
Ascent: 798m (2h 50min)
Descent: 786m (1h 45min)
Highest Pt: 1707m
Lowest Pt: 964m
Duration: 6h 15min (without breaks)
7h 35min (with breaks)
Stop/Rest: Steirischer Jokl (1398m)
Guter Hirte (1209m)
Equipment: Via ferrata set incl. helmet
Hiking shoes with good grip (on rock)
Backpack with standard hiking equipment
Snacks and plenty of water
1x “Gipfelbier” ()
Sun & Weather protection
Topo/Map: Franz-Scheikl-Naturfreunde (C/D)

  Download GPX (incl. Rannerwand)
O   Tour at

At a glance

Level moderate-difficult
–  Via Ferrata Category  C/D 
Shape / Fitness
Best time in the year  

Tour Diary

2020-09-09 09:30

Weather: sunny, perfect
Participants: Stefan, Thomas, Marion
Activity: Suunto
Comment: We did the short variant (Franz-Scheikl-Steig, Hochlantsch Summit).

2020-08-08 09:00

Weather: sunny, hot, perfect
Participants: Stefan, Herbert, Robert
Activity: Suunto
Comment: We did the long variant including Rannerwand.

2020-07-04 10:00

Weather: mostly sunny (some clouds)
Participants: Stefan, Hannes, Herbert, Nader, Nadja
Activity: Suunto
Comment: We used the short variant and head back towards the parking after Steirischer Jokl.

2018-08-11 10:45

Weather: Cloudy, Foggy, wet
Participants: Stefan, Hannes, Herbert
Activity: Suunto
Comment: Due to wet and foggy conditions, I had a downfall on the via ferrata and used the backup-path (B).
We tried to do the full tour but due to a downfall we aborted and turned around before reaching Rannerwand.

2 Responses

  1. sEvenbites

    I’m extremely inspired together with your writing abilities as well as with the structure on your blog.
    Is that this a paid theme or did you customize it your self?
    Either way stay up the nice quality writing, it’s rare to see a great
    weblog like this one today..

    • Stefan Probst

      Thanks :-).
      I’m using the Virtue theme by Kadence Themes (the free version) and customized it in order to fit my needs.

Leave a Reply