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For a magnificent run along a string of grassy summits in the Eastern Alps, try the Pinzgauer Spaziergang trail.
From start to finish there are phenomenal views stretching to the rugged Steinberge in the north and the glaciated peaks of the Hohe Tauern in the south.
This is a great run for altitude training as it is full of 2000er peaks which you can summit.
The series of grassy summits ascend and then descend in size, giving the run an arched height profile.
A couple of standout peaks are the Mauerkogel (2074m) and the Stemmerkogel (2123m).
As soon as you reach the Mauerkogel, most of the crowds who ride to the top of the Schmittenhöhe from Zell am See will have dropped away.
You will find that your only company on the most part of the route is a few serious hikers, and the sound of marmots and cowbells. The route begins from the top of the Schmittenhöhe cable car and ends at the top of the Schattberg X-Press, where you can ride down to Saalbach and catch the bus back to your starting point in Zell am See.
The trail is numbered 719 and is well signed throughout.
Just below each summit the trail signs split to give you the option of summiting, or traversing just below.