• Salzburg Alpine Trail: Stage 17 variant 17a – Flachau - Zauchensee

    Salzburg Alpine Trail: Stage 17 variant 17a – Flachau - Zauchensee

Duration 7h
Length 18.18km
Max Altitude 1988m
Ascent 1380m
descent 940m
Across one of the most beautiful alpine pastures in the region

from World Cup Town to World Cup Town. Start in Flachau.

From the start of the stage in Flachau, it goes past the Flachau church uphill to the Sattelbauer mountain inn and on to the Lackenalmen at the foothills of the imposing Lackenkogel. The Lackenalmen with their huts are a real gem and it is no coincidence that they are among the most beautiful of their kind in the upper Enns Valley. This is followed by a long high-altitude section over several peaks. The views are dramatically beautiful and for many experienced Alpine trail hikers, this stage is one of the most beautiful ever. Nevertheless, you should not dawdle too much, especially not if you want to cover the last section to the stage finish at Zauchensee by summer cable car, as the lift operation ends at 4pm. Overnight stays are in the World Cup town of Zauchensee, home of the former downhill world champion Michael Walchhofer.

Alpine Trail Tip

The Lackenalmen owe their name to the dark, boggy ponds, which are also called sky ponds by the locals. They feed purely from rainwater and are important for the care of grazing animals. So, if you have enough time, you should treat yourself to a small break by the water, in which the sky with its floating cloud images is reflected. For swimming, however, Lake Zauchensee at the stage finish is best suited. It has a water temperature of 16 to 18 degrees in summer and it is a real fresh kick!

Alpine Trail History

Only around 50 people live in the World Cup town of Zauchensee during the summer months. One of them is the former ski racer Michael Walchhofer, who runs three hotels here with his extended family. It was also his grandfather who, as a simple farmer, proactively registered the first horse-drawn carriage transport in 1936 so that winter sports guests could be brought to Zauchensee with their luggage. For many years, the FIS Women's Ski World Cup Downhill has been held in Zauchensee at regular intervals.

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From the stage start in Flachau town centre, hikers can orient themselves well to the Church of the Conception of Mary. The Salzburg Alpine Trail leads directly past it, continues across the motorway and from there follows a section of the "Path of Good Wishes" to the Wechselmaisweg. Crossing this path, the trail leads moderately steeply uphill through the forest and then along the forest road to the Berggasthof Sattelbauer, which can be reached from Flachau in just over an hour's walk.

From here, a beautiful, but sometimes quite steep hiking trail leads first through the mountain forest, then on a goods path to the managed Lackenalm at the foot of the Lackenkogel (2,051 m). The Lackenalm is the last possible stop-off for the next 4 hours.

After the alpine pastures, the trail continues a short stretch slightly uphill to a black pond, which is also called "Himmelsteich" and in which the grazing animals like to refresh themselves. Here, the Alpine Trail branches off to the left and leads first steeply uphill before it then turns into a high-altitude path. At a fork in the trail, you could take the turnoff in the direction of Lackenkogel. The high-altitude trail, however, leads over four peaks and with fantastic panoramic views further south. The Alpine Trail leads up to the Seekarscharte (1,970 metres) via Hinterkogel (1,922 m), Rosskopf (1,930 m), Hirschköpfl (1,971 m) and Arche (2,060 m). After the Arche summit, it goes uphill again briefly, before trail No. 86 leads downhill into the Seekarkessel, where the managed Gamskogelhütte is located. And after this long tour, you have now earned a snack. However, if you do not want to cover the further descent to Zauchensee on foot, you should keep an eye on the clock. The 6-seater chairlift "Gamskogel" runs from 16th June to mid-September 2022 daily until 4 pm and takes hikers to Zauchensee, today's stage finish.

Variant 17b with shortened route to Zauchensee.

And if you want to shorten today's stage somewhat, there is the possibility to change down between Hinterkogel and Rosskopf on trail No. 86b to Zauchensee. This path leads halfway into trail No. 86, the official Alpine Trail route. With this shortcut you save about an hour of walking time, but there is no refreshment stop on the way on this route.

There is no public parking in Flachau, but it is possible to ask your booked accommodation whether you can park your car on-site. Please do not forget to leave the "Salzburger Almenweg" parking disc from the brochure in your car.

Flachau is easily accessible by public transport with the nearest train station in Radstadt, from where you can take the Postbus directly to the stop "Flachau Ortsmitte".

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© Tourismusverband Flachau / Flachau Tourismus
© Tourismusverband Flachau / Flachau Tourismus
© Tourismusverband Flachau / Flachau Tourismus
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