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The striking profile of the Erlakogel - the "Sleeping Greek" - dominates the southern part of Lake Traunsee.
Under the summit cross one enjoys a wide view, wonderful above the Traunsee and very close to the Traunstein.
There is also a "panoramic visor", the top of which points to the surrounding mountain peaks.
You can either start at the car park at the Rindbach leisure park (April - October fee required, but small), at the hiking car park near the shooting range or you can start at the town hall in Ebensee (Ebensee-Landungssteg railway station), where you can walk for 30 minutes.From the leisure centre, go up the river on the right side of the stream, follow the one-lane municipal road, until on the left there is a bridge over the Rindbach stream, where there is a separate signpost where path no.
421 begins, the so-called "Loiperngrubn", which first leads to a transmitter mast and then up to a sloping rock face (memorial sign).
Continue through the forest slope until you reach a forest road (source).
Above it is the Spitzelsteinalm, a private agricultural pasture, where you can take a short rest on the Bankerl (please take the garbage back with you).
From the upper Wiesensattel the marked path leads to the right, shortens the hairpin bends of the forest road and meanders up to a rocky forest crest.
One simply follows the marked path, which was completely cleared by the storms Kyrill and Emma, but always offers a good view and due to its open location in spring quickly becomes snow-free.
Finally, one scrambles left over somewhat exposed, but easily passable rock bands to the idiosyncratically designed summit cross.
Here you have a wonderful view of the Traunsee and its surroundings.
The descent follows the ascent route.
Walking times: about 3 hours for the ascent (from Rindbach), about 2 1/2 hours for the descent.
Refreshment stops: None during the hike, inns in Ebensee and Rindbach or kiosk at the leisure centre.
Note: If hikers park their car at the Rindbach leisure centre, please note that the parking lot is subject to a fee and that parking tickets should be placed clearly visible on the dashboard, otherwise a speeding ticket awaits them as a welcome in the valley.