|Windkogel from Postalm
|Estimated net time||1½-2 hours|
The whole route is hiked on mountain road and path.
|Drinking water||No access to drinking water.|
|GSM coverage||Coverage throughout the route (July 2010).|
|Parking||Room for many cars at car park at trail head.|
|Start height||1325 metres.|
|Vertical metres||240 metres for the roundtrip.|
|Trip distance||5.2 km|
From Salzburg drive road 158 east towards Bad Ischl, along the south side of lake Wolfgang See. At the east end of Wolfgang See you get to the village Strobl. After the exits to Strobl you will find an exit to the right, signed for St. Wolfgang, Strobl Ost and 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 4.5 km until you get to a toll booth (EUR 5 per July 2010). 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 gate at the end of the car park, and then turn sharp right after less than 100 metres. Continue along this mountain road approximately 1.1 km, and turn right onto another mountain road. Fork left onto a path after 350 metres, and follow this path up the south slopes of Windkogel. Stay on the left hand side of the fence, and note that the path gets vague. There is a good path on the right hand side of the fence, but there are likely to be horses on that side of the fence.
Descend by reversing your ascent route.
17. July 2010
This Saturday had a busy schedule in terms of family activities, so a morning hike seemed to be the only real option if I was going to get some exercise. As it turned out I managed to gather close to 20 of the family members for an afternoon football match, after having convinced the "uncles" that I would serve cold beer immediately after the game; if you're going to sell something you need to have the right product ...
But before family activities it was Windkogel, which fitted in very nicely. Windkogel is a short and easy hike, so perfect for a busy morning, and this morning was grey and foggy, which didn't matter much since the view from Windkogel isn't terribly impressive.
None of the others wanted to join me for this hike, and the only other person I met during my hike was a farmer out gathering his cows. And being alone was fine, since I was then able to dictate the pace at my own liking, which was just right after the speckjause (including the right liquids) the night before.
After the hike it was time for a quick shower before joining the others for a
nice breakfast before family commitments.