Statistics: mileage 9.75 miles ascent 4579′ descent 3100′

Well, here we were, anticipating, yet regretting, the final day of our Dachsteinrundwanderweg trek. Although the weather had been remarkably good for the majority of the hike, this last day began with a steady rain, and it was quite cold. As we entered upon this day’s winding trail, it moved steeply uphill on a wide gravel track soon becoming a series of narrow switchbacks that eventually took us up and over the Kalmgebirge Mountains. Gaining altitude, we were treated to a misty view behind us of today’s starting point at Bad Goisern, which emerged through the clouds below.

After a couple of hours of trudging up the mountain in the rain, we found a little shelter to stop for a quick snack.

Once more on the trail and still making our way up, the rain continued.

At the top of the hill – and during the middle of our day’s trek – we were delighted to reach a mountain hut, the Goiserer Hutte. We dropped our wet packs, and entered a warm, cozy room which was a delight after walking through the rain; and hot tea and soup really hit the spot.

After lunch and changing clothes, we were ready to take on the rest of the day. The path took us over roots and rocks as we now continued down toward the Gosau Valley, winding our way deep into the forest. An occasional brilliant red and white mushroom caught our eye on the mossy forest floor.

Every now and then a little meadow would offer a lovely pastoral scene.

We came upon Iglmoosalm, a beautiful example of a Bavarian hutte.

Our Dachsteinrundwanderweg adventure was nearing its close as we finally reached the forest’s edge with Gosau now in sight. We had completed the entire trail’s loop and this fantastic trek was finished.

Sonya, our B&B host, met us at the door to collect all of our dripping wet gear. After long hot showers, we returned to dine at Gasthof Brandwirt where Johannes once again waited on us. It was a lovely evening and a pleasant way to bring about the close of a terrific adventure!

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