Nearest higher peak: Wetterkogel (1829 m)
Prominence: 495 m
This area – near to Semmering Pass – is on the border line between the limestone chain of Alps on the north side and the crystalline chain on the south side. The northern neighbour of our small mountain range is Rax, built of limestone, while the southern neighbour is the Fischbach Alps that is mostly built of schist. From this aspect there is some inconsistecy between the two big mountain ranges, within our small mountain group: here Drahte Kogel on the north is built of schist, while its southern neighbour – Kampalpe is the limestone peak. This statement is valid only on the peaks of the mountains. The basement of Drahte Kogel is limestone. And thanks to the limestone material we can find there some karst formations, including the cave “Stalaktitenhöhle”.
When I was looking to some photos about Drahte Kogel on internet, I found only some not very nice photos, so I didn’t expect much from the mountain before visiting it. The reality is much better. The mountain is nice and it provides what a 1500 meter high mountain can provide in Austria. All right, there are not many attractions apart from the cave “Stalaktitenhöhle”, but the mountain is optimal for a half day or for a full day hiking.
- S: Fischbach Alps with Amundsenhöhe (1666 m) and with Pretul (1656 m)
- NW: Schneealpe (1903 m)
- N: Rax (2007 m)
- from west, from Scheiben Hütte
- from south east, from Kampalpe.
The quickest access is from Preiner Gscheid. This route has some steep sections, but in general it’s easy. The routes from Scheiben Hütte and from Kampalpe have practically no steep sections. It sounds easy, but somehow you can get to Scheiben Hütte or to Kampalpe. The challenge is there. The minimum elevation gain is 600 meter that you must perform to get to Drahte Kogel. This approach is from north. Not from Preiner Gscheid, but from a trailhead of an unmarked route near Schlöggl Alm.
The marked trail crossing the peak of Drahte Kogelis part of a long distance trail: WWW 01A. It is the Austrian Long Distance Trail 01 – also called Nordalpenweg: a 1200 km long trekking trail connecting the eastern border of Austria (Rust) with its western border (Bregenz). Our trail is actually WWW 01A and not WWW01. WWW 01A is a variant of the original trail. WWW 01 misses Kampalpe – it crosses Raxalpe. This trail forms part of the E4 European long distance path. This path is 10000 km long.