OverviewOn the beautiful Traunstein three marked routes lead (in addition to some more scrambles and easy climbs). Hans-Hernler Steig is an easy ferrata (or a medium hard hike-up), which goes by the western face. It can be nicely combined with the other, a bit harder Naturfreundesteig. In this case it is more recommended to ascend by the latter and to use Hans-Hernler route to descend. In 2001 we did the tour in the opposite direction, which was a perfect choice (done incidentally), because end of April on Hans-Hernler Steig there was still a lot of snow and Naturfreundesteig was almost perfectly dry.
Rating the Route (With Hiking Standards)here.
0. General: You ascend from 430 m to 1691 m, exposition of slopes is W. The route is a very nice secured hike up, with great scenery and views down on Traun lake. For the ferrata less experienced will find a ferrata set useful, otherwise good shoes and poles are sufficient. By the Swiss Scale for grading hikes the difficulty would be T4. The ferrata part is rated A/B by the Austrian scale. Best time to ascend is from May till October.
1. Effort: 1260 m, 4 h for ascent, 2 h 30 min for descent.
2. Power: 3 - medium on ferrata sections, otherwise only walk up.
3. Psyche: 3 - medium.
4. Orientation: 1 - no difficulties, well marked all the time.
Getting ThereSee the main page of Traunstein how to get to the end parking place on its east shore. From Gmunden you drive till the Hois'n restaurant, 430 m. Hans-Hernler route is the first one, south of the inn. For the other two routes you have to walk more along the lake shore.
On the plateau we reach a crossroads. Right is Gmundner Huette, reachable in only 5 minutes, left we continue on top of Traunstein, which we reach in another 20 minutes.
For the descent we use either the same route, or choose Naturfreundesteig, which goes down from Traunsteinhuette, standing lower on the rocks, 1575 m. The third option would be to descend southwards, on Mairalm. But also that path is not just easy (ferrata sections of difficulty A), and the return also goes much around the mountain.