Hiking Tour: “Reisalpe” via “Zeissalm” and “Hochstaff”

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Hike up the highest mountain of the Gutensteiner Alps: the Reisalpe. This tour starts from Traisenbeck and first leads up to the Zeissalm and from there via unmarked routes through alpine pastures to the Hochstaff. The tour then passes by the Kleinzeller Hinteralm and ascends towards the Reisalpe.

Hike up the Reisalpe, the highest peak of the Gutensteiner Alps starting from Traisenbeck via Zeissalm and Hochstaff

The tour starts at Traisenbeck, a very small village with limited parking availability. The tour follows a nice forest road up first towards the Zeissalm. From there, the tour is not following any trail but directly through a steep mountain pasture till reaching the first highlight: the summit of Hochstaff with its scenic view. The tour then descends towards the cozy Kleinzeller Hinteralm (only open during summer season) and ascends towards the highest peak of the Gutensteiner Alps, the Reisalpe allowing yet another stunning view. After a deserved break at the hut, the route descends again towards the Kleinzeller Hinteralm and then follows the forest road downwards back to the parking.
Tour Description

00:00 Start at Traisenbeck (GPS: 47.950601, 15.713421) and first follow the forest road between the buildings westwards (see pictures!).
00:20 At the crossing, keep right and follow the forest street up towards the visible house. For convenience, stay on the forest road and follow it various U-turns.
00:35 Turn left (follow the U-turn) and follow the forest road upwards.
00:40 At the crossing, keep right and stay on the forest road northwards.
01:00 At the crossing, keep right and follow the forest road up to Zeissalm.
01:15 At the crossing, turn right (U-turn) and follow the forest road up to Zeissalm.
01:25 At the Zeissalm (buildings), turn right and cross the mountain pasture. Before reaching the forest again, turn left and hike up through the steep mountain pasture (no trail!) heading up (north) into the forest again. Find your route through the forest till reaching a forest road again.
01:50 Turn right and then left and cross again the next mountain pasture. Follow the route of the mountain pasture (westwards).
02:10 Turn right and find your way up to the ridge directly through the mountain pasture.
02:15 At the ridge, turn right and now follow the trail up to the summit of Hochstaff.
02:20 Enjoy the scenic view from Hochstaff. Best enjoyed with a self-brought refreshment ().
02:40 Turn around and now descend via the trail along the ridge southwards.
03:00 At the crossing, do a U-turn and continue following the marked trail downwards.
03:05 At the big crossing (mountain pasture), keep left and follow the yellow marked trail towards Kleinzeller Hinteralm.
03:15 Pass by the Kleinzeller Hinteralm and follow the blue marked trail towards Reisalpe.
03:25 Cross the forest street and continue following the blue marked trail towards Reisalpe.
04:05 Enjoy the view from the summit of Reisalpe.
04:10 Well deserved break ( ) at the Reisalpenschutzhaus.
04:50 Descend via the same route back to the Kleinzeller Hinteralm.
05:20 Refresh yourself () at the Kleinzeller Hinteralm.
06:00 Follow the forest road back (like the ascent) but this time keep right and stay on the blue-marked trail 204A.
06:20 At the Zeissalm, keep right and now follow the same forest road back to the parking like used for the ascent.
07:30 Back at the parking, end of the tour.
General Tour Data

Area: Gutensteiner Alpen, Lower Austria, Austria
Distance: 20km
Ascent: 1198m (2h 50min)
Descent: 1198m (2h 20min)
Highest Pt: 1399m
Lowest Pt: 502m
Duration: 6h 00min (without breaks)
7h 30min (with breaks)
Stop/Rest: Kleinzeller Hinteralm (1020m)
Reisalpen Schutzhaus (1398m)
Equipment: Comfortable hiking shoes
Backpack with standard hiking equipment
Snacks and plenty of water
1x Gipfelbier (
Sun & Weather protection
GPS strongly recommended!


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At a glance

Level  moderate 
Shape / Fitness
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Tour Diary

2022-05-18 09:45

Weather: Sunny, perfect
Participants: Stefan, Amitabh, Bernhard, Hans
Activity: Strava

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