You will certainly appreciate and find this hike wonderful, after all who would like to reach the hiking destination without any significant effort, on a good road and above all not disturbed by traffic.
The path to the Oberer Grund is exclusively open to residents' traffic, and so the hiker very rarely encounters a vehicle. This is an ideal hiking route for older people, who usually want to have a little conversation while walking, or for parents with small children.
From the Oberlandhütte car park, it is best to follow hiking suggestion No. 20, past the Oberlandhütte (1,006 m, ST), in the direction of the Oberer Grund. As soon as we have crossed the Obere-Grund-Ache after a short hike, we come to a beautiful roadway that takes us into the valley. The trail climbs moderately alongside the stream. The water provides pleasant coolness, and its murmur is almost a welcome interruption to the silence that prevails here.
The forest reaches almost to the valley floor throughout, and only in between are there meadows and Alpine pastures. Soon we reach the Grundalm, to the right of our path, and cross an inconspicuous brook whose source lies at the Hirzegglam. It is so small that no bridge is necessary. However, the deposited sand banks indicate that it can become a raging torrent during thunderstorms.
A little later we find a signpost almost hidden on the right. It indicates the Stangenjoch (1,713 m) into the valley, the Spießnägel (1,881 m) uphill and the Oberlandhütte hut out of the valley. Like the Geigenscharte (2,026 m) in the Unterer Grund, the Stangenjoch here in the Oberer Grund is the most favourable passage into Salzburg's Pinzgau. Both are ancient connections between Tyrol and Salzburg.
Further into the valley we come to a bridge over which the path leads us to the other side of the valley. Nearby is the chapel, which was renovated a few years ago. From here, a path on the left leads to the Klooalm and from there a path continues up to the Kleiner Rettenstein. The valley floor is very narrow at times, with hardly enough room for the road and the stream next to each other, and the forest, which very often reaches the road, does not allow much of a view.
Shortly before we reach our destination, our path leads through increasingly open Alpine pastures, and at an obvious crossroads our hike ends, at least for the time being. To the right, over the bridge, a side path leads to the Legeralm a little above the valley floor. It was built as a forest road and is a dead end. Straight ahead the trail leads to the Rettensteinalm (1,418 m) at the end of the valley and then over the Stangenjoch to Pinzgau. A little hint: an extended hiking option would be to continue on the trail towards the Rettensteinalm. Not to be overlooked, before the mountain pasture buildings, an Alpine path branches off to the left and leads moderately uphill via Kälberbrunnalm, Stadelbergalm, Kleinmoos-Niederalm to the Usterkaralm and from there steadily downhill again via Hiesleggalm, Alpengasthof Schroll to Gasthof Schirast in the Spertental valley. The so-called Aschauer Höhenweg branches off to the left. The stamping point is located in the immediate intersection of the trails. From this point we have a magnificent view of Aschau to the left. We arrive at the Rackstattalm, where we later take the same path back.
- access_time3:00 hDuration
- arrow_right_alt9,7 kmDistance
- terrain1303 mHighest point
- trending_up300 mUphill
- trending_down295 mDownhill
- check medium difficulty / red mountain path
- Aschau bei Kirchberg in Tirol