Dream tour, meadows in bloom, sparse larch forests
This tour greets you with alpine terrain rich in variety as well as beautiful views of the surrounding peaks. Nevertheless, this extended hike is relatively easy, with only moderate climbs. That said, surefootedness is a must.
You will set out from the mountain station of the quad chairlift on the Tauplitzalm heading east. This will take you past Hotel Kirchenwirt, dropping gently downhill to the Naturfreundehaus. Right after this, follow the footpath to the left of the gravel road, continuing to drop gently downhill to the Tauplitzsee. In early summer, the surrounding meadows are transformed into a sea of flowers, with purple rhododendron, velvety blue gentian and a panoply of other alpine flowers blooming by the millions. Passing the northern shore of the Tauplitzsee, you will come to the Grazerhaus – a hut which used to be run by mountaineering icon Heinrich Harrer back in the 1930s. Now crossing alpine pastures, you will follow a country lane heading east, past the Marburger Hütte and eventually coming to the Steirersee – here, we suggest a short detour to the popular Steirersee-Bankerl, a popular lookout point with magnificent views of the legendary Sturzhahn, a peak first climbed by no other than Heinrich Harrer. You will now take a gently descending lane through a narrow canyon, until you reach an area of alpine pastures and the Steirerseehütten, huts located above the Steirersee that serve refreshments to hikers. Now follow the Salzsteig in a northeasterly direction. Climbing gently, you will pass through sparse larch forests – in autumn, as the needles change color, this entire stage shimmers in gentle golden tones. Maintaining a relatively steady elevation, the Salzsteig leads you along the foot of the legendary Sturzhahn – treating you to beautiful views of its characteristic contours – to a small alpine saddle. From there, you can enjoy views of the Schwarzensee and Leistalm. The crystal-clear water and flat shoreline of the Schwarzensee invite you to refresh body, mind and soul. On the southern shore of the Schwarzsenee, path 218/209A brings you to the Leistalm, a hut which is open in the summer months. You will now make your way southeast across the alpine pastures, with path 218 taking you through a sparse area of larch trees. Now above the tree line, heading southeast and climbing moderately, you will finally reach the 1890 m high summit of the Rosskogel. Quietly enjoy the magical scenery, then hike the same route back to the mountain terminal and Tauplitzalm village.
The Rosskogel is generally regarded as the “little brother” of the Almkogel, yet from the top you can still enjoy countless beautiful views of the surrounding mountain landscapes. At the end of this extended tour, you will definitely be richly rewarded for your stamina.