Guidebook

Challenging Hikes High in the Alps Above Zell am See

For epic high alpine hikes in phenomenal landscapes, choose this pocket of the Austrian Alps.

Description

Zell am See is a paradise for serious hikers. It has a huge diversity of landscapes and a plethora of high, long, and varied trails to follow. If you have a few days in the area, you should definitely try to make it to all three major hiking hotspots: the Schmittenhöhe, Maiskogel, and the Kitzsteinhorn glacier. The best place to begin your hiking odyssey is the Schmittenhöhe, "the hiker’s mountain," which is directly accessible via lift from Zell am See.

On the Schmittenhöhe in high summer, you will find a hazy mix of chiming cowbells and kids laughter, busy restaurants, and groups getting ready to set off on their stroll/hike/epic journey. The higher you climb, the better things get, which is generally the rule. As the crowds tend to stick to the flatter sections close to the lifts, in just a couple of tougher ascending kilometres, you will probably find yourself all alone with the mountains and the sound of whistling marmots. An excellent hike to both challenge you and transport you into the high alpine world is the Pinzgauer Spaziergang Hike. Find it in this guidebook, along with a selection of other harder hiking gems.

Schwalbenwand-Hundsstein Runde

Schwalbenwand-Hundsstein Runde

7 - 8 hrs
26.1 km
1,842 m
1,842 m
Long and partly lonesome hike to the highest peak of the eastern Pinzgauer Grasberge. From Schloss Kammer to the swallow wall and over Schönwieskopf, following the long ridge to Hundsstein. Descent via Thumersbachtal and via Mitterberg and Maishofener Höhenweg back to the starting point.
Moderate
Private
Pinzguer Spaziergang Hike (719)
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Pinzguer Spaziergang Hike (719)

Kaprun
17.9 km
1,221 m
1,010 m
Perhaps the most beautiful high trail in the Eastern Alps.
Difficult
Private
Schmittenhöhe from Fürth
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Schmittenhöhe from Fürth

Zell Am See-Kaprun
12.1 km
1,262 m
80 m
Summit the Schmittenhöhe – Zell am See's "hiker's mountain."
Difficult
Private
Alpincenter to Kaprun via the Alexander Enzinger Path
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Alpincenter to Kaprun via the Alexander Enzinger Path

Zell Am See-Kaprun
13.6 km
105 m
1,782 m
A stunningly beautiful and very unique high alpine trail.
Difficult
Private
Imbachhorn

Imbachhorn

Zell Am See-Kaprun
6 - 7 hrs
17.2 km
1,542 m
1,658 m
peak tour to the 2470 m high Imbachhorn. Circular walk in Kaprun or down over the Gleiwitzerhütte (overnight stay possible) to Fusch.
Difficult
Private