Via Ferrata Schmiedsteig
This via ferrata is situated close to the Gosau valley. Of medium difficulty and easy access, the via ferrata can be reached, easily and safely and also used when the weather is not that good.
The via ferrata traverses the massive rock faces high above the reservoir in Gosau Hintertal. The first section is graded "B" and "C" in terms of difficulty, and begins 50m south of the water basin. The route is a traverse to the end of the rock section. The access to the main part of the climb is described as "short but strenuous" and graded D - E. This is a vertical ascent from the middle of the rock. Section 2 is mainly B grade, and is an upwards diagonal traverse of an inclined slab wall. After a short forested section, the 3rd part of the tour (graded B and C) is a return to the start (Wandbuch) by means of a ladder and a rope bridge.
Ascend to the via ferrata
From the parking area at the inn Gosauschmied you have to cross the small river "Gosaubach" and take the forest road to the right side. After about 15 minutes in the direction of the Gosau reservoir, you reach the entrance.
Descend from the via ferrata
In about 20 minutes you reach the Bäralm, which is not farmed. In another 40 minutes you come back to the Gosau reservoir and the inn Gosauschmied again.
In case of emergency call the mountain rescue under 140
Download the via ferrata guide of Bad Goisern, Gosau at Dachstein, Hallstatt and Obertraun.
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- difficulty acc. to Kurt Schall: medium difficulty
- Hop off description: From the parking area at the inn Gosauschmied you have to cross the small river "Gosaubach" and take the forest road to the right side. After about 15 minutes in the direction of the Gosau reservoir, you reach the entrance.
- Hop on description: In about 20 minutes you reach the Bäralm, which is not farmed. In another 40 minutes you come back to the small lake "Stausee" and the inn Gosauschmied again.
- duration climbing mount: 1 h
- duration Descent: 1 h
This via ferrata is, depending on the weather, walkable from May till October. From April 1 to September 15, please walk the climb only from 2 hours after sunrise until 2 hours before sunset, out of consideration for the hunters.
motorway exit Golling - Abtenau, Russbach, Gosau
Gosau: after the "Pass Gschütt" junction turn right onto the "Gosausee Landstraße", after approx. 5 km you will reach the car park of the Guesthouse Gosauschmied
motorway exit Regau - Gmunden, Bad Ischl, Bad Goisern, Gosau
Gosau: at the "Pass Gschütt" junction drive straight ahead onto the "Gosausee Landstraße", after approx. 5 km you will reach the car park of the Guesthouse Gosauschmied
by bus (irregular on Sundays):
from Bad Ischl: bus in direction to "Gosausee" (Lake Gosau), get off at the bus station "Hintertal Gosauschmied"
from Rußbach: bus in direction to Gosau, at the terminus change to bus in direction to "Gosausee" (Lake Gosau), get off at the bus station "Hintertal Gosauschmied"
Cross the street and the small bridge and take the forest road on the right side.
- Parking space: 10
- Bus parking space: 1
no parking fees
The via ferrata can be climbed free of charge at your own risk.
- Suitable for groups
- Suitable for friends
- Suitable for couples
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