Alpine trail "Höllschlucht"

Der Kleine Riesachwasserfallzoom
Der große Riesachwasserfall im Untertalzoom
Die Seilhängebrücke am Alpinsteig Wilde Wasserzoom

The alpine trail through "Höllschlucht" (hell's canyon) takes course alongside the highest waterfall of Styria - the Riesach waterfall. The water masses falling down are an impressive natural spectacle, which are made accessible in various ways.

The roaring waterfalls alongside the trail are a constant companion. Careful consideration about an alpine trail beyond the upper Riesach watterfall first began in 1995. A year later, Herbert Schütter and Sepp Schweiger were the first ones to explore the terrain and to making drafts.

The alpine trail in numbers

To better grasp the alpine trail, a few numbers to describe the project:

  • Trail length: 1,065 m, Seeleiten parking - Gfölleralm
  • Difference in altitude: approx. 155 m with 500 steps
  • Construction: 900 hours by building firm Bliem and 1,300 hours by Maschinenring
  • Construction: 20 hours of material handling by helicopter
  • 1 steel rope suspension bridge with 50 m length
  • 1 steel bridge with 14 m length
  • 6 bridges with lengths between 4.5 and 7 m
  • 2 runways with 5.5 m length
  • 15 staircases with a total length of 94 m

Moreover the following was used for construction: 500 armouring steel heads, 95 round bars, 360 m of steel sheets, 150 m larch piles, 150 m steel mesh, 300 m steel rope guarding rail, 80 m³ gravel and 75 single gridiron stairs.


(Source: ennstalwiki.at)


The alpine trail through Höllschlucht is part of several hikes. The links below take you to the descriptions of the different hikes.

Fee for Alpine Trail through "Höll" gorge

Starting in 2017 there will be a fee for using the Alpine trail through "Höll" gorge. The trail from the car park up to the wooden bridge over Riesach waterfall can be used without any fee, while the Alpine trail further up (including the steel suspension bridge) will have a fee. The fee is included in Sommercard and therefore the Alpine trail can be used for free by owners of the Sommercard.

  • Kids: € 1,50
  • Aduls: € 5,00
  • Kids' season ticket: € 5,00
  • Adult season ticket: € 10,00