ApproachTo reach the Bodenbauer, see the main page!
Route DescriptionFrom Bodenbauer you follow the road, which is in winter and early spring under snow. The direction is NW. Ascending, the marked trail crosses road curves and after a good hour the valley narrows under the steep Buchbergkogel. You continue the same direction until the terrain flattens - the Haeuselalm hut lies a bit right above the saddle (1526m).
Sleeping in the hut is highly recommendable. You have a feeling to be really welcome and prices are not high.
From the hut you take the NE direction. This is the route, by which the ski pioneer Tony Schruf reached the summit of Hochschwab already in 1895 (March 8th)! The trail goes first through last trees (pines and larches), the place is called Haeuseltrog. You are ascending gently over the plateau, mostly being preoccupied admiring panorama and gentle hills around, all of them most suitable for tour skiing. Then the terrain flattens and you cross above the plateau valley. On one place the ledge is even secured with a steel rope. The place around is called Baumstall.
Reaching the end of the valley, you surprisingly turn sharp right (SE). The trail ascends quite steep, in return here you will enjoy the best skiing slopes. After ascending 100 meters you reach Hirschgrube. Here the high Hochschwab plateau begins. You turn your direction again to NE, again gaining altitude very slowly. The long ridge-like plateau here is called Hundsboeden (cca 2000m). Approaching the summits of Gr. Beilstein and Stangenwand the plateau flattens again. The trail goes in some places up and down, the crossing would be boring if the landscape would not be so interesting. So you reach Rauchsattel (cca 2100m).
From this flat saddle you continue crossing the plateau in the east direction. You traverse slopes below Zagelkogel and G'hacktkogel, reach the Fleischer bivouac and from there in a NE direction the summit of Hochschwab.
You can ski down by the route of approach. This is the longest and easyest possibility. From the high plateau there are also three possible ski descents directly towards south, into Trawiestal. I haven't tried them by myself, so only to name them:
1. Rauchsattel - Zagelkogel (2255m) - Zagelkar - Trawiestal.
2. Rauchsattel - Rauchtal - Trawiestal.
3. Hundsboeden - Kloben (2055m) - Trawiestal.