The variety-packed route ascends slightly initially through forests and pastures, passing splendid farmsteads in the Penningberg. After a short, flat route to Innerpenningberg, the second ascent begins to the traditional Haag Alm (not open for business – trough with cooled drinks available for you to serve yourself). With no real ascent worthy of mention you come to the Höhenbrandalm, where the descent via a forest trail to the stage destination of Kelchsau begins. In Kelchsau there are also a few really lovely wood-construction buildings and farms.
From Hopfgarten tourist information centre walk to the centre of village and at Intersport Oberhauser, bear left heading down to the railway underpass. Go under the railway and continue straight across the bridge.
There is now a short section to the right, along the road. After about 250 m you will reach the hamlet Kühle Luft. Keep walking in the direction of Lärchenteich / Fischteich. Shortly before you reach the fish pond, turn left and follow the signs to Grafenweg / Bruggberg.
The forest path leads you uphill through a mountain forest. When reaching Grafenweg at the top, turn onto Grafenweger Landesstraße, follow it for about 60 m and then leave it on the left in the direction of Penningdörfl.
In Penningdörfl there is also the authentic shop ‚Milchbuben‘, where homemade cheese and other natural farm produce are available for purchase.
Pass the old wooden buildings and follow the signposts for Markbachjoch, Feldalphorn, walking uphill for a short section on a forest path, before a steep path (Markbachjoch, Feldalphorn) to the hamlet of Schipfling (985 m) branches off just in front of a detached house.
As soon as you reach the access road (Mittermoosenweg), keep left on a road which goes downhill for around 800 metres to Innerpenningbergstraße.
Now take a right, heading into the valley on a little used road for around two kilometres, with the final section going slightly downhill to Innerpenningberg (921 m, approx. 1 ½ hours from Penningdörfl).
Cross a bridge here and follow the signposts to Haag Alm. A forest path proceeds in several twists and turns, continually climbing through forest and Alpine terrain up to the traditional Haag Alm, where there is a rustic trough with drinks (1,320 m, approx. 1 ½ hours from Innerpenningberg).
Directly at the Haag Alm the path now leads downhill to the left. Follow the signs to Hüttelbodenrundweg (No. 74) first across alpine meadows, then down through the forest until you reach a forest path.
Keep walking downhill until you can leave the road (after about 10 minutes) at the signposted junction and turn right (continue in the direction of the Hüttelbodenrundweg). Now further through the forest to the Foischinghof. From here, you're back on the regular route and will reach Kelchsau via an asphalt road (around 1 hour and 30 minutes from Haag Alm).
KAT Walk Alpine stage 1: DETOUR
- access_time6:30 hDuration
- arrow_right_alt19,1 kmDistance
- terrain1340 mHighest point
- trending_up830 mUphill
- trending_down610 mDownhill
KAT Walk Alpine stage 1: DETOUR
- check medium difficulty / red mountain path
- Tourist information office - Hopfgarten
- Asphalt road, forest roads, mountain paths (medium difficulty – marked in red)
- breathable outdoor clothing, sufficient food and drinks, first aid equipment, mobile phone with full battery & charger, hiking map & guide books, possibly GPS device or load the GPS data onto the mobile phone, sun protection (sunglasses, sunscreen & hat), rain cover, cash
- Via road no. B170 to Hopfgarten
- Free parking lot in Hopfgarten 5 minutes' walk to the starting point
Fee based at the right at the starting point