On the trail of the dialect poet; Kelchsau - Steinberghaus
The stage begins in the centre of Kelchsau at the Raiffeisen Bank. Follow the signpost "Lodron, 3 ½ h, Wegnummer 79“ (route number). A paved road leads uphill to the Kelchsauer Ache. Cross over the bridge and continue uphill around three bends until you arrive at three farm buildings at approximately 1,090m altitude and where the paved road comes to an end.
Keep to the left-hand side on an uphill trail that leads into the forest. The path runs along a ridge (always looking out for the red/white/red ground markings and the signs for "Lodron"). The trail continues for a short distance through a clear-cutting at the end of which you arrive at a forest road (1,275m).
Stay on the right-hand side of this forest road ("Lodron, Wegnummer 79"), past the "Vorder- and Hinterölbankalm" until after about three kilometres when you arrive at the "Untere Lodronalm" (1,486m). Now another short stretch with two bends on the forest road until a trail in the direction of "Lodron, Ramkarkopf" branches off to the left.
Walking through forest interspersed pastures and then through open pasture land, you arrive directly at the Lodron farm (approx. 1,700m). Shortly before the farm buildings, you walk to the right along the trail to Lodronjoch (1,914m). On this section it is important to observe the red/white/red ground markings carefully (some are painted on stones while others on wooden stakes). Due to the many cattle paths, it is often difficult to distinguish the course of the path.
From Lodronjoch (a ridge) it is just a short walk to the summit with the distinctive cross (1,923m). Returning the same way to the Lodronjoch, follow the signs for "Westendorf" for a short stretch uphill along the mountain ridge. The trail then branches off to the left ("Lärchenbergalm") running alongside a pasture fence for a short stretch downhill and then to the right back onto open pastures again.
Here again, it is important to pay attention to the ground markings. After a short time, you reach the Oberkaralm (approx. 1,700m). At this point, turn left through a small ditch ("Steinberghaus, 79") and staying at the same level follow the trail to the next signpost "Lärchenbergalm, Steinberghaus".
Now continue steadily downhill through the Alpine pastures as far as the "Unteren Lärchenbergalm" (approx. 1,480m). Pass between the farm buildings and continue left on the path which soon leads into the forest. On arrival at the forest road, follow this uphill around two bends, then shortly after the "Wallernalm" (1,160m) the road branches off to the left (Steinberghaus).
Follow this road which leads downhill, partially through the woods, the last 500m of which are on a forest road leading directly to the Steinberghaus.