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Ötschergipfel

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This high alpine route is a challenging ascent of the Ötscher mountain. It is part of a round tour starting in Lackenhof, and is a marked route without safety equipment (the climbing sections have been given a rating of Difficulty Level I according to the Alpine Scale). Only for experienced, sure-footed mountaineers, who are not afraid of heights and are skilled climbers. Safe and dry weather conditions are required. Old snow in the early summer is particularly dangerous! 
difficult
Distance 12 km
6:30 h
1,046 m
554 m
If you have never been up to the Ötscher summit, you have never seen Lower Austria!

If you want to go at a more leisurely pace, you can take the chairlift from Lackenhof, look through the telescope on the Hüttenkogel and reach the 1,893 metre high summit via the broad west peak. Then the Mostviertel will be at your feet.

Author’s recommendation

As a family trip with the lift to the Ötscherhaus and the Hüttenkogel (panoramic trail) with a telescope.
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Author
Evelyn Knoll (iV Michael Gansch)
Update: September 14, 2021
Difficulty
difficult
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Risk potential
Highest point
Ötschergipfel, 1,893 m
Lowest point
Ötscherlift Talstation, 842 m
Best time of year
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Rest Stop

Ötscherschutzhaus

Tips and hints

Ybbstaler Alpen - Tourismusbüro Lackenhof

Teichwiese 1b,

3295 Lackenhof

T +43 7480/93049

info@ybbstaler-alpen.at

www.ybbstaler-alpen.at

Start

Lackenhof or at the lower station of the Ötscher double chairlift. (841 m)
Coordinates:
DD
47.866482, 15.163708
DMS
47°51'59.3"N 15°09'49.3"E
UTM
33T 512243 5301473
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Destination

Ötscherschutzhaus – from here, you can travel back to the lower station in comfort on the chairlift.

Turn-by-turn directions

Rauher Kamm route: From the car park in Weitental to Ötscherwiese, and on to the Raneck Saddle Pass (approx. 1 hour). At the Bärenlacken Saddle Pass (approx. 1 hour), a narrow path heading south – first flat, then steep – winds its way to the north-east ridge. Continue along the pine-lined route to the entrance of the Rauher Kamm (1533 m). Ascend to the pre-summit of the Ötscher along narrow paths and rugged rock faces. Then comes a pleasant hike over the summit plateau to the Ötscher summit. Go downhill to the Ötscherschutzhaus (approx. 1 hour), and then take the chairlift to Lackenhof, or hike downhill along the marked route via the Riffel Saddle Pass (approx. 1½ hours).

Note


all notes on protected areas

Getting there

A1 exit Ybbs, Erlauftal-Bundesstrasse B 25 to Gaming and continue to Grubberg. Turn left towards Langau and Lackenhof.

Parking

Lower station of the double chairlift

Coordinates

DD
47.866482, 15.163708
DMS
47°51'59.3"N 15°09'49.3"E
UTM
33T 512243 5301473
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Naturpark Ötscher-Tormäuer "45 Wanderungen für Familien und Bergsteiger", Baumgartner & Tippelt, Kralverlag 2015

Author’s map recommendations

Kompass Mariazell, Ötscher, Erlauftal 22

Wanderkarte Naturpark Ötscher-Tormäuer

Equipment

sturdy shoes, rain protection

Basic Equipment for Mountain Hikes

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Hiking socks  
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID

Technical Equipment for Mountain Hikes

  • Climbing helmet as required
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.
Difficulty
difficult
Distance
12 km
Duration
6:30 h
Ascent
1,046 m
Descent
554 m
Scenic Refreshment stops available

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