OverviewAlso this is a medium hard, quite long hiking tour. The ascent from St. Steben church up on alpine meadows is very steep, quite demanding, despite woods there are several picturesque places. Then from nice meadows we quickly gain the east ridge and foresummit, finally the quite long summit ridge awaits us. With the west approach from Förolach this route can be nicely combined into a round tour.
Orientation: It's quite easy. The route is all the time well marked. Map to be recommended: Kompass, Gailtaler Alpen, Karnische Alpen, 1:50000. See also the GPX track in the header!
Slopes Orientation: South oriented below in the woods, then more east oriented to the main ridge, with a short forrest passage oriented northward.
Exposition: There is no big immediate exposition on the path, but the slopes in the forrest are very steep, some passages exposed, so a mistake could easily become fatal.
Objective dangers: Realistically none.
Best season: Late spring, summer and autumn till the first snow.
Gear: Good shoes and poles are sufficient in summer conditions.
Tour start: The end of the road above Förolach, 619 m. See the parent page how to drive till there!
Highest point: 2044 m.
Altitude to overcome: cca 1450 m.
Time for ascent: 4 h.
From the church we continue close to the rugged ridge towards the north. The path soon becomes very narrow and often crosses very steep slopes. Especially on a descent or in poor conditions it requires a lot of care. A few times we reach a notch in the steep ridge and then the path again continues left and by the ridge up. On the right side soon a distinct break on the slope forms. On the other side of a wild ravine there are precipituous rocks. When we reach the top of a wild, narrow gorge, the path again turns left up the slope, after which the last steep, partly rocky section brings us on the edge, where nice alpine meadows begin. From the right over Gaisrücken the marked path from Windische Höhe road pass joins, and in front of us is already the cross.