Lovely varied walk, although strenuous, via the Knappensteig in the footprints of the miners.
This hike is rich in variety and takes you from Hopfriesen to Giglachseen Lakes - passing by Landauersee Lake along the "historic miners' route". From the fjord-like Giglachkar cirque you hike along an alpine trail to Duisitzkarsee Lake via Murspitzsattel ridge. On the way back to the valley you finally reach Eschachalm. Enjoy this indescribable natural scenery with a wide variety of terrain!
Giglachseehütte and Ignaz-Mattis-Hütte chalets at Giglachseen Lakes
Duisitzkarseehütte and Fahrlechhütte chalets at Duisitzkarsee lake
Changes in weather patterns, quick falls in temperature, thunderstorms, wind, fog and snow are some of the dangers that can be encountered on a hiking tour. Hosts of alpine huts and mountain refuges have a lot of experience in the mountains and can give good advice about weather and the trails. Poor equipment, overestimation of one's own capabilities, carelessness, poor personal constitution and/or wrong judgement can lead to critical situations. In case of thunderstorms: avoid summits, ridges and steel ropes.
GPS data and orienteering
Available GPS data - just like hiking maps - is only a guidance for orientation and can never depict a trail exactly with all its details. Especially at dangerous spots it is essential to judge on site how to proceed.
In an emergency please call:
A well-packed backpack is helpful and especially when touring Alpine terrain a tuque, gloves, a windproof jacket and pants are standard equipment. Good, waterproof shoes, sun glasses, sun cream and sufficient beverages are essential too. Torch light, a map of the area, knie and a small first-aid kit should also be in the backpack.
From the valley head at Eschachalm further into Obertal the landowners do not allow to bring along dogs.
Tourist information: www.schladming.com
Information about bus schedules: www.planaibus.at
From Schladming take provincial highway L722 (Rohrmoosstraße road) to Rohrmoos and at the roundabout continue on provincial highway L723 (Tälerstraße road) towards Untertal. In the village of Untertal make a right onto Obertalstraße road and follow it until the end of the paved road at the hiking trail head Hopfriesen.
Parking is available at the hiking trail heads Hopfriesen or Eschachalm.