Winter Hiking: “Hohe Wand from Grünbach to Dreistetten”

Traverse the Hohe Wand (in winter) from west to east, starting in Grünbach at the train station Bahnhof, hike up the Estelsteig and Fassl-Steig towards the saddle of Gelände and Rastkreuzsattel, and then ascent the Hohe Wand from west and traverse towards Dreistetten (east) through the Leitergraben.

Hohe Wand in winter starting in Grünbach (west) via the Fasslsteig towards Dreistetten (east) through the Leitergraben

The tour starts at the train station Grünbach/Schule and first follows the trail track southwestwards for a few meters before turning into the Eselsteig which is used for the ascent. The tour then leaves the Eselsteig and continues the ascent via the Fassl-Steig and then traverses back towards the Rastkreuzsattel. From there the final ascent to the Hohe Wand is done starting from the west. After reaching the highest oint (Plackles), the tour follows the hiking trail eastwards, passing by the Eicherthütte, the Hubertushaus, descending and ascending through the Leitergraben and then continues eastwards till reaching the Herrgottschnitzerhaus. After a short break, the tour then follows the easy Eselweg and later the Notabfahrt downwards which automatically leads towards the parking Dreistetten.

This tour assumes the availability of two cars whereas one is parked at the Bahnhof Grünbach/Schule (start) and the other one at the parking in Dreistetten (destination).


Tour Description

00:00 Start at the train station Grünbach/Schule (GPS: 47.801783, 15.981930) and follow the rail track southwestwards for a few meters.
00:05 Turn right into the trail towards Gelände.
00:15 At the crossing, turn left and continue following the Eselsteig.
You can shorten the tour by following the Bergmann-Steig straight ahead which brings you automatically to the Rastkreuzsattel.
00:30 At the crossing, leave the Eselsteig, keep straight ahead and follow the yellow-marked Fasslsteig.
00:50 At the saddle, turn right and follow the red-white-red marked hiking trail eastwards towards Rastkreuzsattel.
01:00 Cross the street at Rastkreuzsattel and follow the trail eastwards to Plackles (see signposts).
01:10 Keep following the red-white-red marked hiking trail up to Plackles.
01:30 Keep left and follow the trail up to Plackles.
01:40 Pass by the Plackles with its huge antenna and follow the trail now downwards heading east.
02:00 Well deserved break ( ) at Eicherthütte.
02:50 Continue following the white-blue-white marked trail eastwards towards Hubertushaus.
03:15 Pass by the Hubertushaus and continue following the trail eastwards towards Leitergraben.
03:30 Descend down into the Leitergraben.
03:35 At the crossing in Leitergraben, turn left and ascent (steeply) towards Gasthaus Hochkogelhaus / Luf.
03:45 Enjoy the view from Neue Welt Blick and then follow the trail east passing by Gasthof Hochkogelhaus and Luf.
04:05 At the crossing, keep left and continue following the red-white-red marked hiking trail (northwards).
04:15 At the crossing, turn right and follow the red-white-red-marked trail eastwards.
04:25 Pass by Gasthof Postl and follow either the street east or detour via the hiking trail (first south and then east towards Sykwalk).
04:35 Leave the street and turn right into the hiking trail towards Almfrieden.
04:45 At Almfrieden, follow the street for a few meters northwards and then turn right into the red-white-red hiking trail.
05:00 At the main street crossing, turn left and follow the street northeastwards towards Kohlröserlhaus.
05:10 Well deserved break ( ) at Gasthaus Kohlröserlhaus.
05:45 Continue following the street eastwards towards Herrgottschnitzerhaus.
06:00 Turn slightly right and follow the Waldlehrpfad hiking trail towards Herrgottschnitzerhaus.
06:20 Well deserved break () at Herrgottschnitzerhaus.
06:40 Follow the red-white-red marked Eselweg northeastwards to descent towards Dreistetten.
06:45 At the crossing, keep left and follow the red-white-red marked trail (northwards).
06:50 Turn right and follow the green-marked Eselweg downwards.
07:00 At the crossing, follow the forest street (Notabfahrt) downwards which brings you automatically back to the parking in Dreistetten.
07:15 Back at the parking Dreistetten, end of the tour.

General Tour Data

Area: Wiener Alpen, Lower Austria, Austria
Distance: 18km
Ascent: 828m (2h 50min)
Descent: 903m (2h 10min)
Highest Pt: 1132m
Lowest Pt: 537m
Duration: 5h 30min (without breaks)
7h 15min (with breaks)
Stop/Rest: Scheimhütte (876m)
Eicherthütte (1052m)
Hubertushaus (946m)
Gasthaus Luf (932m)
Alpengasthof Postl (891m)
Kohlröserlhaus (840m)
Herrgottschnitzerhaus (826m)
Equipment: (Warm) Hiking shoes
Shoe chains (“Grödeln”) in winter
Backpack with standard hiking equipment
Snacks and water
Sun & Weather protection
GPS advised
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At a glance

Level easy-moderate
Shape / Fitness
Best time in the year  

Tour Diary

2022-04-18 10:00

Weather: Foggy, snow showers
Participants: Stefan, Herbert, Robert
Activity: Strava

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