Every year, the summer heat makes city life hard to deal with. Nothing beats an excursion to the mountains on a hot summer day. Today we will introduce two of the most worthwhile hikes in the Bad Gastein region:
Dare a dip in the cool Lake Reed (Reedsee) or enjoy the unforgettable sunrise at Gamskarkogel (highest grass-covered mountain in Europe). There at the Gamskarkogel hut you can meet Richi who has made it a summer ritual for 15 years now to leave the valley behind to return to nature and enjoy the mountain summers.
Characteristics: The most beautiful hike to Lake Reed leads across the Palfnerscharte (2321 m). No need to climb from Bad Gastein: We advise to take the Graukogel lift up to the summit station. From here a path leads through a Swiss pine forest to Palfnerkar. Soon it will become increasingly steep and rocky, however, the Palfnerscharte offers a sublime view of the Tischlerkargruppe – the stony heart of the High Tauern. Next is the 500-m descent to Lake Reed. For the way back you can take the very steep forest trail leading to hotel Grüner Baum.
Highest point: Palfnerscharte at 2321 m
Starting point: Summit station Graukogellift
Degree of difficulty: Steeper in parts, a more strenuous ascent
Characteristics: You will reach the Gamskarkogel (mountain top) from Bad Gastein via the Poserhöhe. From here, a well marked trail over alpine pastures and along forest paths will lead you to the tree line. Continuing on the trail, you will reach the high alpine areas of Tofererscharte (2090 m). Following the ridge in a north-westerly direction, it will lead you to the peak.
Highest point: 2467 m
Starting point: Hoteldorf Grüner Baum (Hotel) or the Gamskar Promenade
Degree of difficulty: Easy, but time-consuming
View: View over the entire mountain range from the High Tauern to the Wilder Kaiser mountains, the northern Limestone Alps and the Dachstein.
Highlights: Overnight stay and sunrise at Richi’s Gamskarkogel Hut