OverviewWe'll do a quick ascent by the normal west approach - from Luža alpine meadow (Luschaalm). It's easy and more attractive is only the very summit part, bringing you on the Feistritzer Spitze / Bistriška špica. The descent will go by the nice and panoramic northwestern ridge. When reaching the Wackendorfer Alm / Veška planina, you must deter sharp left and on the meadow edge find the hunters path. This one is narrow, at least medium difficult and crosses the steep, rocky and forrested slopes towards the south. You'll have to carefully walk and even scramble a bit some 2 hours, to reach the trailhead again.
General InformationDifficulty: The first two parts are an easy hiking tour. The hunters path is narrow, very weak, only scarcely marked and requires full attention. A few places are exposed and only some (not all) provisionally protected by a slim cable. On the Swiss Hiking Scale its difficulty is graded as a constant T3, with details of T4.
Orientation: The hunters path is very weakly marked (washed, old red and white dots). You constantly need to be attentive to stay on the trail. Especially on some steep places in the woods it's not clear where the weak trail goes.
Exposition: On many places the hunters path goes over steep forrested slopes, where you shouldn't slip. But some passages are also open and exposed (short rock walls below the path).
Objective dangers: Nothing special. In the woods with many crags, there's a certain danger of rockfall.
Best season: Summer months, normally from June till the first snow.
Gear: Good shoes and poles are sufficient.
Tour start: Planina Luža / Luschaalm (alpine meadow), 1287 m. By the road barrier there's a lot of parking space.
Highest point: Bistriška špica / Feistritzer Spitze, 2114 m. (Or, you can continure for more that 1 h 30 minutes on the highest summit of Peca/Petzen, 2126 m.
Altitude to overcome: cca 900 m (with small ups and downs on the hunters path).
Time for the whole round tour: 6 h.
This route is very nice as a ski tour. It's easy and can be done also in hard winter (as long as the road to Luschaalm / Luža, or at least through the valley of Leppen/Lepena to Riepl) is cleaned.
At the house near the chapel you must turn left and at the end of the meadow find the hunters path. Stick to it and its rare white and red marks all the time. First it crosses steep woods, then it passes a few crags and crosses deep ravines. You gain distance only slowly. Soon rock crags are below and above you. The path winds by best passages, some are exposed. Towards the end two places are even a bit protected by cable, I guess on one place the cable is already missing. Finally on a clearing you reach a broad, open slope where branches and rocks are covering the path completely. Spot the hunters post above and when you reach it, you'll also hit the end of a broad forrest road. Then just follow it towards the south. You'll get on the point 1455 m, unless some 15 minutes before you find an unmarked shortcut right. That one can bring you on Luschaalm / Luža directly.
Dilemma. To me, one more question remains unsolved. On the hunters path, after you pass the first rocky crags, there should be a trail branching (see the map, in the past there was a plate on a tree). In that area the path was very weak and I was happy to find it - keeping left. So, it's possible that one path goes there also further down, to the hunters hut (Wieselhuette) and even down on the road. That would not be a bad return option either.