I reopen the Ennstaler Alpen page, to complete all the ranges of the Eastern Part of the Alps
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Overview & SubrangesEnnstaler Alpen (Ennstaler Alps) is a range in the Northern Limestone Alps (and Greywacke Zone) - located mainly in Styria and in Upper Austria (part of Haller Mauern)
GesäuseStrictly only the approx. 16 km water gap of the river Enns between Admont and Hieflau is called Gesäuse.
Nationalpark Gesäuse with an area of approx 110km2 was founded in 2002.
Gesäuse is a well known for its long and usually demanding climbing routes and skitours in spring.
The Highest Mountain ist Hochtor (2.369m)
I plan to to create an Gesäuse Page
Haller MauernThe subrange of Haller Mauern is located in the northwestern part of the Ennstaler Alps. Haller Mauern are an independent mountain range - but is often covered together with the Gesäuse (i.g. in climbing literture). The western main ridge of Haller Mauern (Großer Pyhrgas - Scheiblingstein - Kreuzmauer) is the border between Upper Austria and Styria.
The highest mountain of Haller Mauern is Großer Pyhrgas (2.244m)
sorry no pictures (yet)
Eisenerzer AlpenEisenerzer Alpen is the most southern (sub)range of Ennstaler Alpen and borders directly on the Gesäuse range. Eisenerzer Alpen starts at Selzthal (near Liezen) and leads south of the Gesäuse range eastwards to mountain pass Präbichl.
As an essential geologic difference the Eisenerzer Alpen range is part of the greywacke zone (while Gesäuse/Haller Mauern is part of the Northern Limestone Alps).
Quite a lot of mountains in the Eisenerzer Alpen range offer very nice Skitours (e.g. Lahngangkogel near Oberst Klinke Hütte, Blaseneck and Leobner near Johnsbach, Zeiritzkampel near Radmer or Wildfeld and Stadelstein etc.) in winter and spring.
In sommer and fall hikers will find nice walks (e.g the long and demanding Eisenerzer-Alpen-Höhenweg between the summit of Reichenstein (Reichensteiner Hütte) and Mödlinger Hütte (approx. 12- 14 hours).
Borders, nearby Ranges
The Eastern Border of Ennstaler Alpen Range is the river Enns (from the River Laussa) up to Hieflau - Eisenerz - Präbichl following the Vordernberger Bach until Leoben (eastward is the Hochschwab Massif)
The Southern, Southwest Border and West Border is the river Mur (until St. Michael) and the Liesing/Paltental (next to the Niedere Tauern Range) to the river Enns - continuing to Liezen via the Pyhrnpass to Windischgarsten.
The Northern Border is from Windischgarsten following the Dambach to Hengstpass down the river Laussa to the river Enns. - the neighbor ranges are (from Northwest to Northeast): Totes Gebirge Massif, Oberösterreichische Voralpen, Ybbstaler Alpen)
Getting ThereThe most important towns of the Ennstaler Alpen range are Windischgarsten (Upper Austria) and in Styria Liezen, Admont and Leoben. These towns can be reached with the Austrian Railway.
A Highway follows the Liesing/Paltental
Red TapeNational Park Gesäuse
Places to Stay, CampingSeveral B+Bs and Hotels in small towns -
e.g. in Johnsbach (Gesäuse)
- Gasthof Ödsteinblick
- Gasthof Donner
- in Gstatterboden is also a Campsite
- Ennstaler Hütte (Gesäuse)
- Gofer Hütte (Gesäuse)
- Haindlkarhütte (Gesäuse)
- Hesshütte (Gesäuse)
- Mödlinger Hütte (Gesäuse)
- Oberst Klinke Hütte (Gesäuse)
- Reichensteinhütte (Eisenerzer Alpen)
Other Things to do, to see in the region
Mountaineers’ cemetery at Johnsbach
sorry no picture yet
Links, Books and Maps, Webcams
- www.bergsteigen.at - a lot of climbing, viae ferratae, skitouring information (only in German)
- avalanche bulletins - www.lawine-steiermark.at (in German only)
- Bergsteigerdorf Johnsbach
- GENUSS-KLETTERATLAS Österreich Ost Band 2 STEIERMARK
- Gesäuseberge (Ennstaler Alpen) by Willi End - ISBN 3-7633-1248-X (out of print)