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This hike starts at the Hallmoosalm in Hüttschlag.
After a short stretch on the Güterweg turn off and follow the Almsteig to the Karteisalm.
A short distance before this alp is on the left side on a tree a small Materl - a sign of thanks for many happy alpine summer.
Shortly afterwards you come to an idyllic fountain - the water in the Grossarl Valley has drinking water quality everywhere.
Over alpine meadows (especially beautiful in early summer when the alpine roses bloom) you hike to the Karteistörl.
From here you have a wonderful view of the Tappenkarsee, the largest mountain lake in the Alps.
According to legend it is connected to the Schuhflickersee.
In the Schuhflickersee a wagon wheel, which fell into the Tappenkarsee, is said to have been found...In front of one of the mighty Draugstein, one of three limestone mountains with us in the Grossarltal, behind one the Hohe Tauern with the first three thousand meter peaks, under one of the largest mountain lakes in the Alps - hiker's heart - what more could you ask for? This makes the tightrope walk an experience. Ridge hike along the ridge to the Draugsteintörl.
Descent to the Draugsteinalmen.
Here the flora and fauna is particularly beautiful, as there are many types of flowers in this area due to the limestone, which are otherwise very rare in the valley. Two alpine huts await you at the Draugsteinalm, the Draugsteinalm-Steinmannhütte and the Draugsteinalm-Schrambachhütte.
Both offer delicacies from their own production (cheese, butter, bread, bacon, sausage, schnapps).
After having had a good rest on one of the Draugstein huts, you go downhill on a beautiful hiking trail. On the opposite side of the valley one sees partly bare areas, where a storm a few years ago "laid down" the entire forest.
Boards of the Austrian Federal Forests explain how reforestation works.
After a short stretch along the forest road you return to the starting point of the tour. By the way: This hiking trail is a certified hiking trail.
Together with the hiking region, it proves its competence in hiking in the Grossarl Valley.