Abtenau may be reached by public busses that leave from Golling.
from the north: leave the motorway A10 at Golling and follow the main road to Abtenau
from the south: leave the motorway A10 at the exit Hüttau, Lammertal and follow the main road via st. Martin
The route starts right at Abtenau. To shorten the ascent you may drive up to the Karalm (1004m a.s.l). It is also possible to take the chairlift that operates in summer as well.
Folow the marked path along the Karriedel to the Gsengalm (1447m, less than one hour from top of Karkogel chair lift).
At the Gsengalm the path bends to the south-west and than to the west running at the base of the spectacular southwall of Traunstein and Schallwand to the First (1820m), a notch between Schallwand and Tagweide. The First can be reached via a steep path from the Wandalm (see route via Laufener Hut) too. From the First the Tagweide (2128m) has to be climbed. A partly sharp ridge leads to the summit of Hochkarfelderkopf. Especially for the part between First and Hochkarfelderkopf you need to be free of giddiness.
No special gear necessary. You will need the typical equippment for a high- Alpine hike but no ropes or crampons.
Best time is autumn, during summer weather might be very unstable and hot.
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