Alpine Tour: “Rax via Preinerwand-Steig”

Climb up the Preinerwand allowing promising views through the Preinerwandsteig (an alpine!!! tour whereas the exposed parts are protected like a via ferrata. The descent is done through the Holzknechtsteig which is a bit tricky due to its slippery scree field.

Climb up the Preinerwand through the Preinerwandsteig (alpine tour!) and descent via the Holzknechtsteig

The tour starts at the parking Griesleitengraben (GPS: 47.683636, 15.741241) and first follows forest road upwards (can be short-cut several times). It then turns right into the Holzknechtsteig towards Preinerwand-Steig. The trail is very well marked and each crossing has appropriate signposts. Short before the Bachingerbründl spring, the Preinwandsteig finally starts. The lower part is sometimes tricky due to slippery scree fields but becomes more and more alpine while ascending. The upper part requires basic climbing skills (UIAA I), the exposed parts are however always well protected with iron cables (via ferrata A/B). After the final climb short before the exit, turn left and follow the trail towards Neue Seehütte. After a well-deserved break, the tour leads back for a couple of meters but then uses the Holzknechtsteig for descending back to the parking.

The descent via the Holzknechtsteig requires a sure foot due to being very slippery on loose gravel (scree field). In case of doubt, you might therefore consider the alternative descent via the Waxriegelsteig, starting from the Neue Seehütte.

Tour Description

00:00 Start at the parking lot Griesleiten (GPS: 47.683636, 15.741241) and follow the forest road upwards (bypassing the barrier). The forest road can be short-cutted several times by following the marked direct (but steeper) trails.
00:15 At the crossing, turn right into the white-green-white marked trail towards Preinerwand-Steig (see signposts!)
00:30 At the crossing, slightly turn left into the Holzknechtsteig (follow the white-red-white markings, see signposts towards Preinerwand-Steig).
00:45 At the crossing, stay keep straight ahead and follow the white-red-white markings towards Preinerwand (see signposts). Now follow the very well white-red-white marked Preinerwand-Steig upwards.
01:45 At the exit of Preinerwand-Steig, turn left (follow signpost towards Neue Seehütte).
01:50 Enjoy the view from the Preiner Wand summit. Continue on the trail westwards towards Neue Seehütte.
02:05 Turn left and follow the mountain road towards Neue Seehütte. Enjoy the awesome view towards Preinerwand though (you might spot the black madonna which is the landmark of the Haidsteig via ferrata (C/D)).
02:10 Well deserved break ( ) at the Neue Seehütte.
02:55 Walk back towards Preiner Wand.
03:00 At the crossing, keep right and follow the small trail (Holzknechtsteig) downwards. Pay attention as it is very slippery (scree field all the way).
03:35 At the crossing (next to the entrance of Haid-Steig, keep straight ahead and follow the Holzknechtsteig.
03:45 Short break at the Bachingerbründl spring, you either drink the water from the source or (recommended) a self-brought .
03:50 Descend back to the parking via the same route like the ascent.
04:15 Back at the parking, end of the tour.

At a glance

Level easy – alpine
–  UIAA Level (Climbing)  I 
–  Via Ferrata Category  A/B 
Shape / Fitness
Best time in the year  

General Tour Data

Area: Rax/Schneeberg Group, Lower Austria, Austria
Distance: 11km
Ascent: 1383m (2h 00min)
Descent: 1160m (1h 20min)
Highest Pt: 1783m
Lowest Pt: 863m
Duration: 3h 25min (without breaks)
4h 15min (with breaks)
Stop/Rest: Neue Seehütte (1644m)
Equipment: Hiking shoes with good grip (on rock)
Backpack with standard hiking equipment
Snacks and plenty of water
1x “Gipfelbier” ()
Sun & Weather protection
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Tour Diary

2021-06-09 16:45

Weather: mostly cloudy
Participants: Stefan
Activity: Strava

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