Gerlos side valleys

The Schwarzachtal

From the front door of the Almhof along the lake until you reach the Gasthof Kühle Rast. From here, continue along a narrow belt of forest and finally – but slowly – uphill. Hike for about an hour along the narrow, romantic valley of the Schwarzach – then you can tuck into the well-deserved apple strudel at the Schwarzachalm Jausenstation, which lies almost 1,400 metres above sea level! Less experienced hikers can walk from here along the hiking trail no. 8 to the Oberer Schwarzachalm, while the steadier hikers can continue on the hiking trail into the valley. And for really experienced holidaymakers there is even an ascent via a mountain trail to the 2,475 m high Schwarzachscharte gorge.

The Wimmertal Valley

Directly opposite the Almhof the path climbs a little steeper. The Wimmertalalm Jausenstation is easily reached from the entrance to the valley after about an hour’s walk on hiking trail no. 6. From here, even less experienced hikers can venture up to about 1,760 m above sea level via Grundlochalm, Jagd – and Grundhütte. The black-marked mountain path no. 6 starts on the experienced trail and climbs up to the Wimmerscharte gorge, which is over 2,500 m high.

The Schönachtal Valley

The gently ascending hiking trail no. 5 into the Schönachtal Valley begins at the Gasthof Oberwirt. After a brief stop at the Stinkmoosalm, where you have a wonderful view of the valley backdrop, it takes about an hour to reach the Lackenalm Jausenstation (1,400 m high). Those who are not mountaineers, but who are nevertheless good on their feet and wearing suitable footwear, are welcome to take the hiking trail that starts here – past the Iss and Pasteinalm – up to a good 2,000 m above sea level. From there, you are rewarded with a magnificent view of the mighty Schönachkees glacier. From the Issalm you can also hike up to the romantically situated Stackerlalm (1,800 m).

The Krummbachtal Valley

One could also call the easy hike in the ‘thumbs’ of the five side valleys, the Krummbachtal, the ‘Jausen snack tour’. A total of three managed huts, including the destination of Krummbachrast, await active holidaymakers along trail no. 2. Starting from the parking lot of the Isskogelbahn cable car, the path takes us past the Almstüberl to the Prölleralm fork – a quaint mountain hut. Continuing along the stream, we reach the ‘Krummbachrast’ Jausenstation, where hikers in good physical condition can climb via the Nöckental to the mountain station ‘Isskogel’.

The Wildgerlostal Valley

Another nice leisurely tour (3 hours) is the Lake Circuit Hike around the Gerlos Water Sports Centre Durlassboden. Starting at the restaurant on the Dammkrone, the Seestüberl, you walk along the left bank of the lake to the entrance of the Wildgerlost Valley. From here, you take the asphalted road to Alpengasthof Finkau. Past the Leitenkammerklamm gorge you can climb up to the picturesque Zittauer Hütte (2,329 m) at Wildgerlossee. Or enjoy a bite to eat at the Gasthof Finkau – with a spectacular view of the 3,300 m high peaks of the Reichenspitzgruppe – and continue along the lakeshore via the Bärschlagalm Jausenstation back to the Dammrone and the Seestüberl. There is a car park at the foot of the Dammkrone or cross the main road and follow the path through the Innertal back to Gerlos.
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