The Gerlos Hiking Arena can well be called the "valley of the valleys"
Because branching from the peaceful Gerlos Valley are five side valleys, the perfect thing for active holiday-makers - for the happy-go-lucky walker or the ambitious hiker.
Just to get the feel of things, you should try the Schwarzach Valley. From your lodgings you can stroll along the practically level trail to Gerlos-Gmünd, past the reservoir and on to the Gasthof Kühle Rast. Here you cross a brief stretch of forest and then finally - but slowly - climb uphill. For about an hour you'll hike through the narrow, romantic Schwarzach Valley, until at almost 1,400 m you've earned your apple strudel at the Jausenstation Schwarzachalm (snacks). Less experienced walkers can take Hiking Trail No. 8 from here to the Obere Schwarzachalm, while more enterprising souls can continue further into the valley. Really experienced hikers can even hike the mountain trail to 2,475-m-high Schwarzachscharte.
The Wimmer Valley is also more or less easy-going. Here, too, you take the forest trail along Gerlosbach (brook) to Gerlos-Gmünd. At the Hotel Kröller the trail climbs briefly. An easy walk along Hiking Trail No. 6 takes you to the Jausenstation Wimmertalalm (snacks) in about 1 hour. Less experienced hikers can even take the trail over the Grundlochalm, Jagdhütte and Grundhütte to reach an elevation of approx. 1,760 m. From there, Trail No. 6 (marked black) takes more adept hikers to Wimmerscharte at more than 2,500 m elevation.
Start out from the Gasthof Oberwirt along the gently climbing Hiking Trail No. 5 into the Schönach Valley. After a short stop at the Stinkmoosalm to enjoy the beautiful view deep into the valley, you'll reach the Jausenstation Lackenalm (snacks, 1,400 m) in about 1 hr. And even if you're not a mountaineer but are still surefooted and have good boots you can pick up the hiking trail here that climbs via the Issalm and the Pasteinalm to a good 2,000 m. For your reward you'll have a breath-taking view of the mighty Schönachkees (glacier). From the Issalm you can also reach the romantic Stackerlalm at 1.800 m.
The easy hike into the "thumb" of the five side valleys, the Krummbach Valley, could also be called hut hopping. Althogether, three huts offering Austrian snacks and specialties await you on Trail No. 2. From the parking area at the Isskogel Chairlift the trail leads past the Almstüberl and the turnoff for Prölleralm - a rustic Alpine hut. Continue, first along the brook, until you reach the Jausenstation Krummbachrast (snacks), from where hikers with stamina can take the trail via the Nöckental to the Isskogel top station.
For a nice peaceful hike (3 hrs.) take the trail around the Gerlos Water Sports Center Durlassboden.
Start out from the Seestüberl restaurant at the crest of the dam and go along the left of the reservoir to the beginning of the Wildgerlos Valley, where you pick up a blacktop road to the Alpengasthof Finkau.From here you climb past the Leitenkammerklamm (gorge) to the picturesque Zittauer Hut (2,329 m) on Wildgerlossee (lake). Or you can stop for a snack at the Gasthof Finkau with its impressive view of the 3,300 m peaks of the Reichenspitzgruppe and then walk back along the reservoir past the Jausenstation Bärschlagalm (snacks) to the Seestüberl on the crest of the dam. At the foot of the dam is a parking area, or you can cross the road and take the trail through Inner Valley back to Gerlos.
The hike along the Gerlos Wiesenweg path begins in the district of Innertal at the car park for the Isskogel Valley Station. Before reaching Krummbach Bridge, the road leads to the left past Landhaus Platzer. After approximately 100 m, this paved road turns to the right. Follow the Gerlos Wiesenweg uphill to reach the refreshment station, "Rösslalm", comfortably in approximately 1 hour. From here, a marked hiking path runs for around 40 minutes across lush Alpine meadows and past the "Isskogel" to a refreshment break at the "Latschenalm" pasture.
A long path leading up to the Zittauer lodge awaits the hiker. One shouldn't necessarily choose the hottest day for such a hike. A forest path starting from the Finkau parking lot offers plenty of shade over the steep Leithenkamm towards Trissi-Alp and further over the Wildgerlos valley up to the Zittauer lodge.
The lodge serves warm meals only until 3:00 pm, so be sure get an early start!
One needs approximately 3 hours to complete this long hiking path. But the gorgeous landscape of the Wildgerlos valley compensates for the labor and exertion. Count on spending approximately 2 hours along the Triss Alp in open country never far from a stream, until one hits the beginnings of a large waterfall. Huge rock cliffs offering a welcomed contrast provide shade on the way into the Wildergerlos valley. While enjoying the climb along small and large cliffs, take the opportunity to preserve the moment with a couple of photos.
The ascent begins at the end of the valley, where stone steps secured with ropes attached to the cliff walls serve to assist the hiker. The main precondition for this hike is a lack of fear of heights. The hike culminates in a large glacial lake, where the beautiful Wildkarsee awaits the hiker at the top.
Europe`s Highest Waterfalls – Experience Water
With their impressive waterfall drop of 380 m the Krimml Waterfalls are the fifth highest waterfalls in the world. With approx. 350,000 visitors each year they are one of the most visited tourist features in Austria. A hiking trail built by the Austrian Alpine Association (OeAV) makes it possible to get very close to this breathtaking nature spectacle, affording sensational views. Enjoy the refreshing mizzle and the impressive power of the water amidst the gorgeous scenery of the Hohe Tauern National Park.
The practiced hiker hikes from the hotel in the direction of Schönachtal. The hiking path follows the Schönach stream across the Stink moss alpine pasture to Jausen station Lackenalm (1405 m). From there, you arrive at the Iss alp and the Pastein alp (1692 m) along a waterfall to a steep closing climb towards Keeskarscharte (2778 m). The descent leads you past the Zittauer Hütte (2329 m) to Finkau (1420 m). From there, take a taxi back to Gerlos.
Isskogel cable car in Gerlos
In the heart of Tirol, in the Gerlos alpine valley, the Isskogel cable car cruises from 1,3000 m to 1,900 m above sea level to the upper terminal station. You can climb the Isskogel mountain from here without any problem, where there are further hiking and bike tours to discover.
Königsleiten Village cable car
Lying 1,600 m above sea level, Almdorf Königsleiten is situated on the Salzburgian side of the Zillertal Arena. A hiking paradise, tradition and music awaits you at the mountain station situated at a height of 2,200 m. The yodel hiking path, with its unique stations, is devoted to the motto "anyone can yodel!"
Gerlos Steinbahn Hainzenberg
Located at the foot of the Gerlos Stone wall, is the valley station of the tandem circuit cable car, Gerlossteinbahn. Directly next to the mountain station, the first of four lines of the Arena Skyliner awaits all adventurous nature lovers. The Gerlossteinwand can be climbed by means of 380 m long fixed rope route. A gorgeous hiking path spans the majestic Gerlossteinwand. The Gerlosstein hiking area is a perfect point of departure for every mountain climber.
Rosenalm cable car in Zell am Ziller
With the Rosenalm cable car in Zell am Zille, you reach the Bike and hiking area, Kreuzjoch. The cable car brings you from 580 m to 1.744 m above sea level to the Zillertaler Alpine world. For those who are action hungry, the Single trail Wiesenalm „Rideable Project“offers the perfect bike path, starting at the Mittelstation down to the valley station.
Ramsberg lift in Ramsau
The wild-romantic single-person chairlift leads to Sonnalm, in the area of Gerlosstein. Sonnalm offers a second point of departure for the the Gerlossteinwand hiking tour. Further hiking destinations, for example the panorama path to Gerloskögerl, make the Ziller valley Alpine world an experience.
Further cable cars in Zillertal:
- Penkenbahn in Mayrhofen
- Ahornbahn in Mayrhofen
- Hintertuxer Gletscher
- Spieljochbahn in Fügen