To Austria’s last wooden logging dam
Through the Weißenbach valley to Chorinsky Klause. We begin our nearly three hour hike through the Weißenbach, north of Bad Goisern, in a car park which is directly after the Weißenbach exit of the federal highway (B145). The route first takes us over the large Traunbrücke - past the Weißenbach fire station, in the Weißenbach valley. From here we follow the hiking signpost "Chorinsky Klause" for approximately 90 minutes to Brunntalalm. In the summer months, the hut is open and is ideal for a hearty snack.
Detour for amateur geologists
From the Brunntalalm we again follow the signs to "Chorinsky Klause" and come to Traunbachau. A detour into the floodplain is especially worthwhile for amateur geologists, because at the end it opens into an impressive rubble and gravel field in the bed of the Weißenbaches creek, which is fed from the surrounding mountains by the erosion caused by many flowing streams and brooks which flow into the valley.
With the power of water
After 300 meters we reach a short detour to the left, which leads us to the Chorinsky Klause - Austria’s last functioning wooden logging dam. In the days of lumber transport, the purpose of the Chorinsky Klause was to restrict the flow of the Weissbach creek. Whenever the felled lumber was to be transported, the locks were suddenly opened, and the tidal wave washed the logs down to the river Traun, from where they could be easily transported. Until a few years ago, the dam was operated in the summer months for tourists and visitors. Unfortunately, these demonstrations have since ceased. Today it is a destination for hikers and bikers.
From the dam, we remain on the forest road located on the right, high above Weißenbach valley. This gently sloping road, with beautiful views of the UNESCO World Heritage region of Hallstatt Dachstein Salzkammergut, leads us back to the starting point of our hike through the Weißenbach valley.