KAT Walk E2: Hearing stories
The highest point of the route, the Lodron, is one of the most spectacular mountains in the Kitzbüheler Alpen for its views. It has a 360° view of the Hohe Tauern, dotted with its glaciers, and all the way to the Wilder Kaiser. This stage starts at the Raiffeisenbank in the centre of Kelchsau. You then follow the sign for Lodron, 3,5h, path number 79. A short section takes you over an asphalt road down to the Kelchsauer Ache. Then go over the bridge, and continue up, reaching around 1,090 metres altitude in three turns, where the asphalt access road finishes by three pasture buildings. Follow a steep path here that leads into the forest.
The road now runs uphill along a ridge (always sticking to the red, white and red ground markings and the Lodron signs). The route uphill continues for a short section through a clearing, at the upper end of which you reach a forest path (1,275m). Go right here along the forest path again (Lodron, path number 79), going past the Vorder- and Hinterölbankalm, until you reach the Untere Lodronalm (1,486m) three kilometres later. Now there is a short section of forest route with two bends leading to an uphill path, which branches off to the left in the direction of Lodron and Ramkarkopf. Walk through forested terrain to the open mountain pasture meadows, and head directly to the Lodronalm (approx. 1,700m).
Just before a mountain pasture, head right on an uphill path to Lodronjoch (1,914m). On this section you need to pay great attention to the ground markings (sometimes painted on stones or wooden blocks with red, white and red paint). With the tread of cattle along here, it is often difficult to recognise the route. From Lodronjoch, there is just a short section to a peak with the same name (1,925m), which is marked with a cross. Return along the same route to Joch and follow the signs to Westendorf, going up a short section on the crest of the mountain. The path now branches off to the left (Lärchenbergalm), with a section heading down along a pasture fence and soon going right, at an almost constant altitude, back into the open pasture terrain. You should look out for the ground markings again
After a short time, you will reach the Oberkaralm (approx. 1,700m). At this point, head left through a small ditch (Steinberghaus, 79) and continue on the same altitude on the path to the next sign to Lärchenbergalm and Gasthaus Steinberg. Now head continually downwards through the mountain pastures to the Unteren Lärchenbergalm (approx 1,480m). Going between the pasture buildings, continue on the path to the left, which will soon lead into the forest. When you reach the forest route, follow this down two turns, before shortly reaching Wallernalm (1,160m) where you take another path on the left (Gasthaus Steinberg). Continue to follow this route down, partially through the forest, with the last 500 metres or so leading along a forest route directly to the Gasthaus Steinberg.