Distance 14km Climb 340m
Monday 25th August 2014
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A couple of years ago we did this walk following a suggestion from Klaus at the Hotel Edelweiss. Today we would make a change in the route so that I could take Anne to see the Blaue Lacke (Kesselkarsee). Before leaving the hotel Veronika gave us a list of times for the buses on our return journey.
We headed for the 09.08 bus at the local bus stop. The bus was for Mittersill and we along with a number of other people on holiday got off at the Hotel Breitmoos and got on the cable car up the Resterkogel at 1894m.
It was a long ride up the cable car and you could not see into the deep valley where Mittersill was due to the low cloud. In the past on our way up on this cable car we had previously passed a number of cars going down with people in them having breakfast, I think we only saw one today.
At the top of Resterkogel 1894m, after a few photos, we headed west around the lakes. In this photo in the distance you can see the multi humped Kleiner Rettenstein where I had tried to reach the cross earlier in the week. Just below and almost in the centre of the photo is a faint white dot, this is the chair lift station at Trattenbach. This was where we were headed.
We set off past the lakes and headed north west on route 15, it soon warmed up and we had to take our coats off.
At Hartkaserhohe 1900m we turned right and headed north, the route was easy and well marked. Here in this photo you can see the Kleiner Rettenstein and the chair lift station in the centre. It would still be some time before we reached there.
We turned left, west, just before Sonnalm. Apart from a little climb this was mainly a steady down hill path. After about 1.5km the route moves off the road onto a crass track which took us steeply down hill towards a stream. Once over the stream we turned north east and had a little gentle climb up to Trattenbachalm 1628m. It was lovely walking here, very peaceful.
I had passed Trattenbachalm on my walk earlier in the week. Today there was a lady struggling with her pigs, they were big, one was moving where she wanted, the other just lay there. Even though she was slapping and hitting it and trying to get it to move it would not. It must have been enjoying the sunshine.
Moving north and upwards from Trattenbachalm we followed the road as it twisted to Gauxjoch then turned west and climbed up to the Trattenbach chair lift station. Through the cables you can see the Resterkogel cable car station where we started our walk.
We moved off the track and followed the narrow path north, cross country as it climbed up a narrow trail to the ridge.
In the middle left of this photo you can see the Schwarzkogel. We had walked this earlier in the week, however today it was clear.
Crossing the fence we continued west towards Blaue Lacke. It was beautiful and clear. As we arrived at the Lacke, I thought we could stop and have our sandwiches, but a few cows were standing in the perfect spot. Anne was not happy and would not settle so we had to move on. It took some time for Anne to move past the cows.
We continued up and down the narrow path to the fence line that runs up the Kleiner Rettenstein. Once at the fence we turned right, and headed north, crossing the Kesselboden 1828m, for approx 300m where there was a track junction down route 11. On the whole this was a steady climb down and in places cut through little dips towards Stadlbergalm 1629. Lovely views across the valley.
Stadlbergalm was where we were earlier in the holiday when we climbed the Schwarzkogel together. The path down was difficult it had been churned up by the cattle and the mud had hardened making it difficult walking. Well at least for a few hundred meters. We were then on a grass path that took us down to the woods. It was a very steep path down, as it twisted and turned down through the woods. Eventually arriving at the little shrine on the Oberer Grund Ache.
On the Oberer Grund Ache we passed the turning for the Spiessnagel, this was where we were going to walk earlier in the week and heard it was closed. Today there was a gate across the path and a sign.
It did not take us long to reach Aschau. We turned right and heading north again, we were on the road that took us down hill to Aschau. We had missed the earlier bus, never mind it was a lovely day and we decided to have a coffee at the bar. Within minutes a bus turned up, it was not on the timetable and Veronika must not have known about it as it was not on her piece of paper. Rushing our coffee we paid, and jumped on the bus which took us back to Kitzbuhel. This was the last walk following another great holiday at the Hotel Edelweiss.
With 14km and approx 340m climb and a 1200m climb down.
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