Statistics: 10 miles ascent 5535′ descent 3074′ 7 hours
We set off from last night’s B&B to catch the bus to Gosausee, where the trail began. Our spirits were high and we were ready to seize the day!
Knowing how important it is to stay hydrated, we obeyed the sign!
Gosausee perfectly set the stage for the beauty that we would experience on the Dachsteinrundwanderweg!
The trail immediately began with a steep, 1 1/2 hour climb to Gabonzler Hütte.
After the Gabonzler Hütte we continued to ascend to a saddle, Oberer Törlecksattel , revealing a spectacular panorama!
Gratefully the weather continued to clear so that we could take in the vistas before us as we traversed the shoulder of the Grosser Donnerkogel.
The Stuhlalm was a welcome sight; it was our planned lunch site. A cold drink and hot soup was just what we needed!
As we entered the Stuhlloch we joked amongst ourselves that we were certainly glad that we would not have to climb the acutely steep switchbacks visible tracking up a green patch on the far side of this canyon. As if waiting for our sense of security to settle in, the trail then turned down into the ravine and, guess what…, right up to the switchbacks!
They were just as steep as they looked, but were fun to climb.
At last our refuge for the evening, Hofpürglhütte, came into view to mark the end of a terrific day! We had a simple, but tasty dinner in this large, well run hut, then stayed in a dorm with 18 people.