On the western slopesThis is quite high, but diverse, medium difficult hiking tour. Nice woods, open grassy slopes, fine summit ridge. Already from some points on the route we can enjoy great views along and across Gailtal, on the top we are rewarded with a very broad panorama. In the upper part the route goes too much around the summit - would be nicer if from the west side rib a shortcut would go on top. With the east approach from Förolach this route can be nicely combined into a round tour.
It's a medium hard hiking tour. There's no climbing, only a few details of scrambling and some steep slopes to cross. There some additional care is required. On the Swiss Hiking Scale its difficulty is graded T3.
It's quite easy. Most of the route is well marked, but above the hunters hut, we must carefully follow the decayed red spots on the ground. Map to be recommended: Kompass, Gailtaler Alpen, Karnische Alpen, 1:50000. See also the GPX track in the header!
South oriented below in the woods, then more west oriented to the main ridge, the summit ridge is north-west oriented.
There is no big immediate exposition on the path, only some short sections are a bit exposed.
Realistically none. In spring you may meet the challenge of crossing some west oriented snow ravines.
Late spring, summer and autumn till the first snow.
Good shoes and poles are sufficient in summer conditions.
The end of the road above Förolach, 619 m. See the parent page how to drive till there!
Altitude to overcome:
cca 1450 m.
Time for ascent:
Above the hunters hut
From the parking place
we cross the meadow towards the north. The cart-road soon narrows into a nice path, which leads us through pine woods. Later it crosses into the Alm-Graben
. It is full of fallen trees, but the path through that mess is well cut. In the upper part of the ravine there is a crossroads, where we keep left (there is no mark, but we find red spots immediately after that place, in the woods). The path goes in steep switchbacks up the forrested slope, generally keeping towards the left. An enduring ascent finishes for some time when we reach a nice, almost horizontal terrace
, overgrown by nice tree species. We follow the terrace far towards the left. In the middle of it, a god sign greets us from a strong tree. So, till the next turn we don't gain much of altitude, but there the path turns right, and again continues up the slope. We gain altitude again in comfortable turns, then on a clearing where trees are cut down, we spot the grassy summit slopes. There the path turns left, crosses a amall forrest and soon reaches a nice meadow with a hunters hut
. They call it also "Gemauerte". From there on the path will be much more panoramic, but in also more hot.
The summit ridge
From the hut we continue up across the meadow. On the upper part of it we don't go by the path right (to the water source), but just up into the woods and in several turns up towards the summit. In the beginning big marks on trees are leading us, later they disappear and we only hardly follow some decayed red spots on the ground. A forrested ridge
leads us always up, on the right we see a distinct, broad ravine. When we reach the timber line, the path starts keeping left There it is most steep, and the terrain gets rocky. It brings us on a wonderful edge
, from which a nice view on Presseger See and on Vellacher Egel opens. From there we continue abit more up by a grassy ridge, but soon we must be attentive to the path, which starts crossing the western slopes
of the mountain. We still all the time steadilly gain some altitude, there are only a few descents from grassy side ridges. We cross afew ravines mostly they are grassy one is filled with rubble, the othe one requires some scrambling over lose rocks. From the last rib we enjoy a nice view, but from there no path goes up towards the summit. We must cross the slopes to the main ridge - we reach it on Förolacher Sattel
. There inscription plates turn us sharp right. First a bit below the ridge, then by it, and finally by an almost flat NW summit ridge
we gain the summit
in 30 min from the saddle.