© Tirol Werbung/Jens Schwarz
© Tirol Werbung/Jens Schwarz

One Day Trek: Ellmau – Wochenbrunner Alm – Kaiseralm – Scheffau – Ellmau

Departing from Ellmau, this delightful 15.5-kilometer long one day trek travels majestic Wilder Kaiser Range and walk will take you up to 1,500 meters above sea level. Marvel at the jagged rock faces of Wilder Kaiser Range and enjoy the breathtaking views of Kitzbühel Alps and Hohe Tauern Range. Along this moderately difficult route you will find lovely Wochenbrunner Alm Alpine Pasture Hut, which is a perfect place to stretch your legs and gather new strength over hearty delicacies, situated at an altitude of 1,080 meters above sea level. Once you are replete and refreshed you can continue your trek.

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Starting point  

Ellmau

Finishing point

Ellmau

Mountain chain

Kaiser Mountains

Length

15.6 km

Approximate hiking time

6 h 30 min

Features

  • Wheelchair-accessible Hiking Route
  • Circular hike

Difficulty rating

intermediate (red mountain trails)

Altitude

1,460m 750m

Elevation uphill 815m
Vertical metres downhill 860m

Fitness level

Technique

Best time of year

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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.

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Trail description

From the village center of Ellmau, head north to the pedestrian underpass of the Federal Road. Follow this route for around 50 meters until a signed track heads to the right for a short distance; then turn left towards “Wochenbrunner Alm/Wilder Kaiser”. Pick up the paved road that runs beside the golf course and follow this for around 1.5 gently ascending kilometers until you reach a signed junction (“14 Wanderweg Wochenbrunn”). Take a path leading over a footbridge and turn left onto a walking track. The track continues by the creek for around one kilometer to emerge in the paved road again. Follow this road uphill to the tiny tollbooth, from where the footpath to Wochenbrunner Alm Alpine Pasture Hut branches off to the left. Above Wochenbrunner Alm follow signage to “Gruttenhütte” and climb the steep track that runs through the woods. Turn left to follow the trail signed “Riedlhütte”. This level footpath takes you westwards and eventually emerges onto a meadow road. Follow the blaze and bear left. The route joins Trail No. 14 and climbs towards “Riedlhütte” and/or “Gruttenhütte”. Continue walking on a footpath that first crosses a meadow and then climbs a magnificent beech forest. The footpath soon broadens to a forest road. The forest road (No. 14a) vigorously winds up towards “Gruttenhütte”.

At an elevation of 1400 meters, a trail branches off to the left (“Höhenweg Kaiser Hochalm”, “Scheffauer”, “Hintersteiner See”). Pick up Wilder-Kaiser-Path, taking you through thin woods and dwarf pines and cirques south of Treffauer Mountain and right around it. Continue hiking towards “Kaiser Hochalm”. From Kaiser Hochalm (elev. 1,417m), surrounded by wide open Alpine meadows, head downhill on the signed trail to Kaiseralm Alpine Pasture Hut (elev. 1,146m). From there, follow signage to “Scheffau Dorf”. Pass the homes at the hamlet of Schießling and walk on until you get to the car park of Schießling. Take the fork to the left (41 Scheffau Dorf) and walk to the village center of Scheffau. The bus stop is located slightly beneath the parish church. During the warm summer months, buses to Ellmau run every hour (Post Bus and “Kaiser Jet”, a hiker’s shuttle bus service linking the village resorts of Söll, Scheffau, Ellmau and Going).

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