Hiking Tour: “Schneealpe – Round”

Long but promising hiking tour up to Schneealpe / Windberg from Altenberg an der Rax via the via the Lohmgraben and Blarergraben and then continuing to the Kleine Mitterbergwand allowing exciting views over the entire area.

Promising hiking tour up to Schneealpe / Windberg and the Kleine Mitterbergwand via the Lohm- & Blarergaben

The tour starts at the parking Altenberg / Lohmgraben (GPS: 47.687273, 15.628529) and first follows the forest road upwards along the Lohmgraben. The tour then turns left and follows the trail up through Blarergraben towards the Schneealpenhaus. After a well-deserved break, the tour crosses the plateau and leads up to Windberg which is the highest point of the Schneealpe plateau and thus provides a promising surround view on the entire area. Before descending, a small detour is done towards Kleine Mitterbergwand which provides another amazing view towards the impressive Donnerwand and back to Windberg. The tour then continues eastwards the plateau towards Lurgbauerhütte. After a final refreshment, the descent is done via the Lohmstein, passing by the Lohmsteinhöhle (cave) towards the Lohmgraben and finally back to the parking.

Tour Description

00:00 Start at the parking lot Altenberg / Lohmgraben (GPS: 47.687273, 15.628529) and follow the red-white-red marked forest road northwards (straight ahead).
00:20 At the crossing (U-turn of street), keep straight ahead (right hand-side) and turn into the trail (follow red-white-red markings).
00:50 At the crossing, turn left and follow the (steep) trail up towards Schneealpenhaus (see signpost).
01:10 Climb up the iron ladder and continue following the trail.
01:30 Pass by the water well (drinkable).
01:35 At the crossing, turn left and follow the trail towards Schneealpenhaus.
01:50 At the crossing, turn left towards Schneealpenhaus.
01:55 Well deserved break ( ) at Schneealpenhaus.
03:00 Follow the trail southwestwards (and then keep right) around the Schauerkogel and cross the plateau towards Michlbauerhütte (towards the visible huts).
03:15 Pass by the Michlbauerhütte (optionally you can consider another refreshment here), and turn left into the trail behind the hut towards the peak of Windberg.
03:35 Enjoy the amazing surround view from Windberg (highest peak of Schneealpe). The view is best enjoyed with self-brought refreshments ().
04:15 Follow the trail northwestwards towards and then along the visible ridge that leads to Kleine Mitterbergwand.
04:50 Pass by the Kleine Mitterbergwand on its left hand-side and descent it from the back.
04:55 Enjoy the promising view from Kleine Mitterbergwand, especially towards the impressive Donnerwand (best enjoyed with a self-brought refreshment ).
05:10 Descend from Mitterbergwand and follow the trail along the ridge back in the direction of Windberg.
05:45 At the crossing (before Windberg, turn left and descend via the meadow towards the visible trail.
06:00 Turn left into the trail and follow the trail (and later the gravel road) towards Lurgbauerhütte.
06:30 Well deserved break and refreshment for the descent at Lurgbauerhütte ( ).
07:00 Follow the path southwards towards Schauerstein (summit cross) and continue on the trail along the ridge southwards till reaching Lohmstein (end of the plateau).
07:20 Turn left and follow the (steep) trail downwards from Lohmstein ( The trail is baldy marked and requires some basic orientation skills).
07:25 Pass by the Lohmsteinhöhle (cave) and continue descending via the trail.
07:50 Pass by the mountain hut by turning left and then right again and continue following the trail downwards.
08:05 Cross the street and continue descending via the trail.
08:10 Turn right into the forest street, follow it for a few meters and before the clearing, turn left again and follow the small trail downwards! ( Pay attention, the trail can be easily missed!).
08:20 Turn right into the street and follow the street downwards (first a U-turn, then keep right!). The street will automatically bring you back to the parking.
08:40 Back at the parking, end of the tour.
General Tour Data

Area: Mürzsteger Alps, Styria, Austria
Distance: 18km
Ascent: 1285m (3h 30min)
Descent: 1288m (3h 00min)
Highest Pt: 1903m
Lowest Pt: 918m
Duration: 6h 15min (without breaks)
8h 40min (with breaks)
Stop/Rest: Schneealpenhaus (1788m)
Lurgbauerhütte (1764m)
Equipment: Hiking shoes with good grip
Backpack with standard hiking equipment
Food/snacks and plenty of water
2x “Gipfelbier” ()
Sun & Weather protection
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At a glance

Level moderate – difficult
Shape / Fitness
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Tour Diary

2021-07-12 10:00

Weather: at the beginning foggy but cleared up (sunny, perfect)
Participants: Stefan, Robert
Activity: Strava

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