From Untertauern, at about the same elevation as the crossroads for the wildlife park, make your way along the old "Roan Road", then via the newly built "Hohlwandweg" to the "Maierl-Alm". Once there, you can continue your hike however you wish. To your left, the forestry road leads towards the Tauernkaralm, while to the right you will walk in the direction of the Gnadenalmen, which are likewise a great place to begin other exciting hikes.
Time on Trail between Untertauern - Gnadenalm: ca. 1.5 hours
In the mood for a challenging all-day tour?
After making your way up to the Gnadenalm, continue past the "Schoberhütte" to the right, onto a forestry road leading to the "Tauernkarleiten Alm" (Tip: Michis, who runs the hut, offers some fantastic specialty cheeses). Now make your way along an idyllic hiking trail to the "Stubhöhe", from there to the "Rauchkopfhütte", then to the Hakopf (elev. 1996 m - highest point of the hike with magnificent views!). Below the Hakopf you will find the "Hakarsee", a small, idyllic alpine tarn - the hike down to the lake will take you across open countryside, since there is no designated trail for the short climb down.
Via the Hakar-Hütte, you will come to a very nice forestry road bringing you back towards the Gnadenalm; Surefooted hikers might wish to return to Untertauern along the "old" path.
Total time on trail for this tour: about 6 to 7 hours - if you are planning to set out on this hike, please let us know beforehand: We will be glad to provide you with additional details.