Hiking trail “Margschierf” on Mout Krippenstein

© Kraft |  Wandern im Salzkammergut in Österreich: Margschierf-Wanderung auf dem Dachsteinpleteau

First of all…

The following hike is a high alpine hiking tour. Mountain experience, stamina, sure-footedness and good preparation are the best prerequisites for a successful and safe day trip. Please do not attempt it wearing sports shoes, normal street shoes or flip-flops! This ensures nothing will get in the way of an adventurous hike. Still have questions? For more safety tips, click here ... And now enjoy reading about this tour.

The bride Karstlehrpath leads trough a real "lunarscape"

Starting at the summit station of the Dachstein-Krippenstein cable car we walk down the skislope to the skilift station . From there the Karstlehrpath leads us to the Krippenstein-Icecellar (little Cave). We take the steep track no. 661 which rises over the Margschierf crest. Shortly before we reach the Heilbronn Cross we turn right-pass by a hut. After the fork to Hirzkarsee we reach the waste Hirzkarhut. Finally we hike to the cable car station at Krippeneck. Short variant: from Margschierf back to the Krippenstein-Icecellar-then right at the steep track no. 662.

Don’t forget to make your mark!

Perpetuate - make your mark. What is the point in a visit to the summit cross without leaving behind an entry in the logbook? You will also find a ‘summit book’ on the top – those who come after you will enjoy reading your entries!

Safety Tips for Hikers

Admittedly, the landscape of the UNESCO World Heritage region of Hallstatt Dachstein Salzkammergut is the absolute pinnacle for hiking fans, mountain enthusiasts and nature lovers—unforgettable tours to incredibly beautiful mountain lodges and meadows, panorama views as far as the eye can see and cherished moments that will last a lifetime! However, you should remember that while hiking you might find yourself in high-alpine terrain. We’ve put together some resources to assist you: how to best prepare for your tour, recommended items for your backpack and steps to take in an emergency situation. Remember to always play it safe and enjoy your hiking adventure in the Salzkammergut!

Information at a glance

  • Tour and route information
    Starting place: 4831 Obertraun
    Starting point: Obertraun (mountain station)
    Destination: 4831 Obertraun
    Destination: Obertraun (mountain station)
    Duration: 6 hours
    Length: 8 km
    Altitude difference (uphill): 66m
    Lowest point: 1765m
    Highest point: 2037m
    Difficulty: medium
    Panoramic view: Great panorama
    Paths covering: Hiking trail
    Most economical season: Summer / Autumn

  • Safety Tips for Hiking
    The best tips for tour preparation, equipment and emergency situations while hiking in the UNESCO World Heritage Region of Hallstatt Dachstein Salzkammergut at a glance. Remember to play it safe!
    Should a situation arise where recuse services are required,
    you can obtain the needed help under the number 112.

  • Opening times
    Daily open in summer season 2017:
    Section I | Schönbergalm 29.04. - 29.10.2017
    Section II | Mountain station Krippenstein 29.04. - 29.10.2017
    Section III | Valley station Gjaid 10.06. - 29.10.2017
    First cable car ascent at 8.40 hrs. from valley station Dachstein Krippenstein!

    Please note! Last mountain ascent - from valley station Dachstein Krippenstein
    to Dachstein ice cave - section I
    29.04.-09.06.: 15.00 hrs.
    10.06.-10.09.: 15.30 hrs.
    11.09.-29.10.: 15.00 hrs.
    to Mammut cave- section I
    29.04.-09.06.: 14.00 hrs.
    10.06.-10.09: 14.30 hrs.
    11.09.-29.10.: 14.00 hrs.
    to Lodge am Krippenstein - section I, II (Top of the mountain)
    29.04.-09.06.: 16.30 hrs.
    10.06.-10.09.: 17.00 hrs.
    11.09.-29.10.: 16.30 hrs.
    to Gjaid Alm - section I, II, III
    Please note! Last valley descents!
    Section I - from middle station Schönbergalm
    29.04.-09.06.: 17.10 hrs.
    10.06.-10.09.: 17.40 hrs.
    11.09.-29.10.: 17.10 Uhr
    Section II - from mountain station Krippenstein
    29.04.-09.06.:17.00 hrs.
    10.06.-10.09.: 17.30 hrs.
    11.09.-29.10.: 17.00 hrs.
    Section III - from valley station Gjaid
    10.06.-10.09.: 17.20 hrs.
    11.09.-29.10.: 16.50 hrs.

    Special weekend rides!
    Always on Sat and Sun! On the weekends of 23th of September to 29th of October 2017:
    Special cable car ride to later hour in autumn! hikers can enjoy the day at the Dachstein Salzkammergut even
    cable car section III: Gjaidalm 17:46 hrs.
    Cable car section II: Krippenstein 18:00 hrs.
    Sable car section I: Schönbergalm 18:10 hrs.
    Note: Special valley descent will only take place on Saturday and Sunday and the Austrian bank holiday, 26th October 2017.