Salzburger Almenweg

Stage 17

Ellmaualm - Grafenbergbahn

Starting point: Ellmaualm (possible to hike up via Ellmautal )
Arrival point: Grafenbergbahn summit terminal (Wagrain)
Lowest / highest point: 1480 m / 1911 m
Altitude: approx. 950 m
Length: approx. 17 km
Characteristics: Alpine trail between elev. 1,500 and 1,900 m with 2 substantial uphill sections
Walking time: approx. 6.5 Hours

Stage 17

"Broad valley basin, rustic huts and meadows in bloom"


Setting out from Grossarl, we reach the trail through the Ellmautal. The following stage from the Ellmaualm to the Sonntagskogel is primarily a high trail with superb views of the Hohe Tauern (Grossglockner), the Hochkönig and Tennengebirge.

Leaving from the Ellmaualm, the trail takes us across to the Henerbichlalm (not staffed), where the trail now becomes somewhat steeper as it takes us up to the Kartörl (magical views of the Hochkönig and Tennengebirge range). Hikers can enjoy this glorious scenery all the way down to the Spatalm and on to the Kleinwildalm (neither is staffed).

After the Kleinwildalm (not staffed) we now begin a gradual descent to the Grosswildalm, continuing down along a supply road until the 3rd switchback, from which point a road branches off to the right towards the Karseggalm, a road which we follow through the high spruce forests. This and the following segment of the trail to the Unterwandalm afford wonderful views out over and into the Grossarl Valley.

The Maurachalm is best reached by the forestry path which first takes us down to the Hochbruck hunting lodge (not staffed), before once again climbing uphill to the Muggenfeldalm and Maurachalm. After this we start a continuous climb up to the Sonntagskogel. Half way there, between the Maurachalm and Sonntagskogel, our trail is joined by the hiking path from St. Johann/Alpendorf.

This is where the actual ascent to the Sonntagskogel begins (great panoramic views), which we will subsequently descend to the south. At the junction, the path continues towards the summit station of the Grafenberg lifts from Wagrain (finish/start of trail). 

Reaching the trail head from St. Johann/Alpendorf:
From Alpendorf, we can reach the Salzburger Almenweg by taking a comfortable ride on the Alpendorf mountain lifts and then continuing on foot via the Gernkogel, the Haibenalm and Hirschkogel tarn. Accommodation on the mountain see below!!! Ride the Alpendorf lifts back down to St. Johann/Alpendorf to spend the night, or take the Grafenberg lift to Wagrain. More info is available in the various towns.

Sights & destinations

St. Johann:
"Pongau Cathedral"
Liechtenstein Gorge
Playground in Alpendorf
Leisure park "Geisterberg" on the Gernkogel
Golfcourse OPEN GOLF Sankt Johann-Alpendorf

Waggerl House museum
Farm Museum
WAGRAINI's Grafenberg
Adventure Indoor Pool "Wasserwelt Wagrain"
Silent Night museum in the Pflegerschlössl

Historic "Kösslerhäusl" farm, Grossarl village mill

Accommodations & stops

Ellmaualm: mid Jun. - late Sep. Tel.: +43 (0)664 45 50 411
Großwildalm: Jul. - late Aug. Tel.: +43 (0)6414 333
Karseggalm: late Jun. - mid Oct. Tel.: +43 (0)664 9962188
Alternative Telefonnummer: +43 (0)664 9962188
Unterwandalm: early Jun. - mid Oct. Tel.: +43 (0)664 4536 438
Alternative Telefonnummer: +43 (0)664 2412 908
Maurachalm: early Jun. - mid Oct. Tel.: +43 (0)6414 293
Kreistenalm: mid May - late Oct. Tel.: +43 (0)6412 8228
Gernkogelalm: early Jul. - late Oct. Tel.: +43 (0)6412 4788
Buchauhütte: early Jun. - late Oct. Tel.: +43 (0)664 2073 933
Haibenalm: late Jun. - late Sep. Tel.: +43 (0)664 2669 807
Obergaßalm: Jun. - Sep. Tel.: +43 (0)664 1167 190
Großunterbergalm: late Jun. - early Oct. Tel.: +43 (0)6413 20016
Hachaualm: late Jun. - late Sep. Tel.: +43 (0)664 3562465
The ideal shoe for this tour:
for women
* recommended by LOWA
altitude chart stage 17 salzburger almenweg
Contact & information:

Gorssarltal Tourist Office
Tel.: +43 (0)6414 281

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