Postalm, via Schafbergblikkhütte
|Estimated net time||2-2½ hours|
|Difficulty||No real difficulties, but you should be aware of the steep cliff towards north-west at the summit.|
|Drinking water||No access to running water.|
|GSM coverage||Coverage in the lower parts of the route. No coverage at the summit.|
|Parking||Plenty of space at "car park 3" of Postalm, at trail head.|
|Start height||1325 metres|
|Vertical metres||360 metres for the roundtrip|
|Trip distance||7.0 km|
Drive road 158 from Salzburg towards Bad Ischl, along south side of Wolfgang See. At the east end of Wolfgang See you get to the village of Strobl. After the exits to Strobl you will find an exit to the right, signed "St. Wolfgang" / "Strobl Ost" / "Postalm"; turn right here (this is 1.0 km after the first exit, to the left, to Strobl). 100 metres later turn right again, following signs for "Postalm". Follow this road for 4.5 km until you get to a toll booth (EUR 5 per person, July 2008). 7.5 km later the road forks and you should follow the right leg towards "car park 3", where you arrive 1.6 km later. Find parking here.
Start your hike by walking through the gates at the end of the car park, and then turn sharp right after less than 100 metres. Continue along this mountain road until you get to the house called "Schafbergblikkhütte", and turn left onto the path marked by the Austrian flag on the ground. The path from here to the summit is well defined, and is both signed and marked by the red and white colours of the Austrian flag.
The descent route is best done via the ascent route.
15. July 2008
This was the second day of our Austria/Italy holiday of 2008, and like the day before it was a pretty miserable day weather-wise. But unlike the day before I wasn't going to let the weather stop me from a hike this Tuesday. From the maps we could see that there was a well defined path to the summit of Wieslerhorn, something that was a requirement given the poor visibility.
Elisabeth and me got up around 6 in the morning, got set, and drove up to Postalm. At 07:00 we started walking from Postalm, in light rain and with very little visibility. The temperature at trail head was only 8°C. As we were about to start another two cars arrived the car park, with nine hikers in total, and there was already another car there when we arrived.
We held a fair pace along the mountain road and on the path leading up to the summit, trying our best to avoid stepping into the numerous piles left by the local cattle. Our hopes of improved visibility at the summit were in vain, and after a short summit rest we started the descent, running most of the way back to the car. Then driving back to Elisabeth and Cuno's (aunt and uncle of "my" Elisabeth), for a shower and another superb breakfast served by Elisabeth.