4 - 5
FATMAP difficulty grade
Along the Rötelstein, Dachstein massif to the Bischofsmütze This stage is an absolute highlight for lovers of bizarre limestone formations.
After crossing the Hammerbach in Filzmoos we walk up the road to Oberberg.
In front of the Landgasthof Reithof the path branches off to the right and at the Weitenhaus farmhouse we no longer follow the path uphill but turn right into the gravel path in the direction of Hammerbach.
This way we reach the Weitenhausalm (not farmed).
Shortly after the alp a steep footpath leads left over larch meadows up to the Nösslerriedel.
At the saddle a wonderful view of the limestone peaks of the Dachstein massif with gate, Dachstein south wall and the somewhat flatter Rötelstein compensates.
We leave the hunting lodge on the right and continue the path over meadows, through mountain pines and the last part down to the Bachlalm via the "Naturerlebnisweg Bachlalm". The "Nature Experience Trail Bachlalm" provides information about the geology, flora and fauna of this area.
From the Bachlalm you go down the gravel path in the direction of the Schaidlalm.
After 300 m we follow the gravel road to the left.
Now you have to climb 520 m to the Sulzenhals and then turn right up to a summit cross at 1,990 m.
The climb is then continued to the right.
Shortly before the summit cross, a steep footpath leads down, which then changes into an elevated path and leads at an altitude between 1,750 and 1,650 m to the Hofpürglhütte.
First we cross the cattle field, a pasture area covered with limestone blocks and rockslide material.
Afterwards it goes over the rubble cones of the Gosaustein.
Shortly before the Hofpürglhütte, the path also crosses the rubble cone that goes down from the Bischofsmütze.
Access to the Hofpürglhütte is also via the toll road to the Hofalmen, Aualm or ascent via Neuberg.
Descent via the Hofalm to the car park possible (hiking bus station).