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Crossing Scheffauer summit via Widauersteig trail

Difficult

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8:30 h

2111 m

1400 m

13.0 km

Type:

Hiking

Start:

Kaindlhütte, Scheffau (1,293 m)

End:

Scheffauer (2,111 m)

Tour description

Varied and challenging loop over the Scheffauer summit.

Ascent:
You start this tour at the Seestüberl at Hintersteiner See and hike in a northerly direction on the Steig 45a to the Walleralm. Here you have three places to stop for refreshments: the Kafma Alm, the Stöfflhütte and the Walleralm. Continue on the Steig 827 to the Hochegg and down to the romantic high plateau of the Steinbergalm to the cozy and family-run Kaindlhütte.
Shortly before the Kaindlhütte, turn south at a large boulder onto Widauersteig 814 and hike through shady forest and across alpine meadows to a kettle. Below the north walls, keep left until you reach the entrance to the Scheffauer. The Widauersteig is mostly secured with steel ropes. It runs west from a slab wall, crosses it on a band system and then leads up a gully on the left. Then it goes over switchbacks and partly loose gravel to the saddle at the summit ridge. From here it goes eastward in about 10 minutes to the summit cross. From the summit of the Scheffauer there is a fantastic view to the Hintersteiner See, to the main ridge of the Alps as well as to the Inntal and to the Bavarian region.

Descent:
The descent is made back to the saddle on the summit ridge and then via the trail south down (one place rope-secured). Passing below the "Veitskirche" (stone formation) and over a gravel field, the "Hochofen", you reach the Steiner-Hochalm (1,257 m) on trail 814a in a southerly direction.
Here Peter and Maridi are waiting with cool drinks and harp music. For the last part of the descent, follow trail 821a to Bärnstatt and continue on the asphalt road back to Hintersteiner See.

Requirements: a good head for heights and surefootedness; HELMET for protection against rock fall
Recommended: climbing harness and via ferrata set
 

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  • The composition of the trail varies between forest roads, meadow paths, forest trails, trails, rocky passages with some sections secured by ropes and short sections on asphalt.
  • Rucksack, hiking/mountaineering boots, hiking gear (breathable), change of clothes, sun protection (sunglasses, sun cream, headgear), waterproofs (hardshell), cold protection (gloves and hat), water bottle, food for eating on the way, hiking poles if desired, first aid kit, plastic bag for waste, hiking map/route description (gpx track)Via ferrata set, climbing harness and helmet;
  • Heading from Wörgl, Kufstein or St. Johann on the B178 road, take the exit to Scheffau and drive through the village as you continue in the direction of the Hintersteiner See. The hiking starting point and the pay & display car park are located next to the Seestüberl restaurant on the eastern bank of the lake.
  • Car park next to Seestüberl restaurant, Scheffau (889 m) – pay & display

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