Looking over the Gruttenhütte towards the Main Alpine Ridge, © hochzweimedia
Looking over the Gruttenhütte towards the Main Alpine Ridge, © hochzweimedia

Three-Day Hut Hike in the Wilder Kaiser Mountains

Next stop: Wilder Kaiser! This three-day hike is perfect for a long weekend. Both the starting and finishing point can be accessed using public transport. The views are wonderful but you will have to earn them with some pretty intense hiking on each of the three stages. The hike takes in some of most beautiful spots in the region such as the Schleierwasserfall, the Ellmauer Tor, the summit of the Hinterer Goinger Halt, the Jubiläumssteig trail and the, Rehbachklamm gorge. The stages offer hour after hour of wonderful views across the Kitzbühel Alps all the way to the glacier-capped peaks of the Main Alpine Ridge. The Gaudeamushütte and Gruttenhütte provide cosy accommodations in the mountains. Stages 1 and 3 are rated intermediate. Stage 2 is rated difficult due to several exposed sections. Hikers must be sure-footed and have a good head for heights for this adventure. We also strongly recommend a via ferrata safety set including a helmet. The starting point in Going (Hüttling car park) can be reached by bus, while the finishing point in Scheffau is serviced by the Kaiser-Jet and a bus line to Kitzbühel, Wörgl, St. Johann and Kufstein (free of charge with a guest card).

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Starting point  

Hüttling car park, Going (820 metres)

Finishing point

Village of Scheffau

Mountain chain

Kaiser Mountains


24.6 km


3 day(s)


  • Wheelchair-accessible Hiking Route
  • Circular hike

Difficulty rating

difficult (black trails)


2,192m 738m

Elevation uphill 2,060m
Vertical metres downhill 2,140m

Fitness level


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* These are approximate values and recommendations. Please take your personal fitness level, technical ability and the current weather conditions into account. Tirol Werbung cannot guarantee that the information provided is correct and accepts no liability.

Public transport

  • Accessible using public transport
  • The KaiserJet shuttle bus stops in the villages of Ellmau and Going as well as at the swimming lake in Going (these stops are called "Ellmau Dorf", "Going Dorf" and "Going Badesee" in German). The normal bus stops at "Going Dorf" and "Going Stanglwirt".
  • From the car park at Schedererfeld / the bus stop "Going Dorf" take the "Wanderbus Hüttling" shuttle bus free of charge to Going Hüttling, where the hike begins.
  • From Scheffau there is a free bus known as the KaiserJet which takes passengers back to Going (get off at the stop "Scheffau Dorf").


Public car park at Schedererfeld – free of charge. A shuttle bus (free of charge with the guest card) operates from the car park to the starting point of the hike at the car park in Hütting.

(Please be aware that the car park in Hüttling, where the hike begins, is what is known as a day car park. This means it is only possible to buy a ticket for a single day. Cars cannot be left there for several days in a row.)


Trail description

Stage 1: Hüttling car park – Schleierwasserfall – Gaudeamushütte
Uphill/downhill: 860/420 vertical metres, walking time: 4 hours, distance: 7.3 kilometres, highest point: 1,536 metres, difficulty rating: intermediate (red trails)

Stage one, which is rated of intermediate difficulty, is full of highlights. The ascent from Going to the Gaudeamushütte leads past the famous Schleierwasserfall waterfall and the Stiegenbachwasserfall waterfall. The first section as far as the Schleierwasserfall is on wide forest roads before the trails become steeper and narrower, including a few rocky sections. Food and drink are served at the Obere Regalm (open Saturday and Sunday during good weather; open Friday, Saturday and Sunday until the middle of September). En route hikers will find wonderfuk views of the Kitzbühel Alps and the mighty Hohe Tauern Mountains as well as the iconic craggy peaks of the Wilder Kaiser. Accommodation is provided in the Gaudeamushütte. To get to the starting point in Hüttling take the shuttle bus which runs through several local villages including Ellmau (runs six times a day; free for holders of a guest card).

Stage 2: Gaudeamushütte – Hintere Goinger Halt – Gruttenhütte 
Uphill/downhill: 1,010/660 metres, walking time: 5.5 hours, distance: 5.9 kilometres, highest point: 2,192 metres, difficulty rating: difficult (black trails)

Rated difficult, stage two is the highlight of this three-day hike in all senses of the word. Hikers must have a good head for heights, good fitness and sure footing. We also strongly recommend using a via ferrata safety set including a helmet. The day begins with a steep climb from the Gaudeamushütte up to the Ellmauer Tor, including two sections with steel wires anchored into the rock for extra safety. Continue up to the Hinterer Goinger Halt, the highest point of this hike. Here the terrain is steep and rocky. Again, there are several sections with iron chains for you to hold onto as you climb. The reward for all that hard work is a fantastic view stretching from the Chiemsee lake in Germany all the way to the Großglockner, Austria's highest mountain, and the Main Alpine Ridge. Return back the way you came until you reach the turning marked "Jubiläumssteig". Once again you will need a heas for heights and sure footing as things are rocky and exposed on this section, which includes a little scrambling and climbing. The most difficult passages of this final approach to the Gruttenhütte hut are secured with steel wires anchored into the rock. Here once again it is safest to use a via ferrata climbing set.

Stage 3: Gaudeamushütte - Schleierwasserfall - St. Johann
Uphill/downhill: 190/1,060 metres, walking time: 4.5 hours, distance: 11.4 kilometres, highest point: 1,620 metres, difficulty rating: intermediate (red trails)

Day three comprises a long, slow descent along the south-eastern flanks of the Wilder Kaiser Mountains. En route you will find highlights both natural and culinary. From the Gruttenhütte hut, take the Wilder-Kaiser-Steig skirting below the summits of the Treffauer and Tuxeck mountains through an area of scree known as Lenggries. Continue on past the Kaiser-Hochalm hut (closed to the public) to the Steiner-Hochalm hut, where drinks but no food are served. If you are hungry, head to the Hinterschießling-Alm, another hut using plenty of homegrown produce in its dishes. Refreshed and rested, it's time for the final push down across the Rehbachklamm gorge with its bridges, waterfalls and a cave where mining used to be practised. The hike ends in Scheffau. To get back to the starting point in Going you can either take the KaiserJet shuttle bus (free of charge for holders of a guest card) or use the normal bus to get to Kitzbühel, Wörgl or Kufstein.

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