Overall overview 3-day cottage hike
Approx. 33 km, about 2,500 am up & 2,600 am down
Start in Going, Hüttling (840 m). The forest path 817 leads across the Graspoint Niederalm (1,075 m) up to the Obere Regalm (Only opened on Wednesdays, Saturdays, Sundays & holidays) (1,313 m). In the comfortable cottage below the south walls of the Regalpspitze, a special "breakfast on the mountain" organic buffet is offered every "dry" Wednesday with fresh, home-made farm bread and sausage from the farm's own Harass cattle. Well-strengthened, you can then set out on the Wilder-Kaiser- 827 with its great views across mountain meadows, along a steep climb up to the Brennender Palven (or Baumgartnerköpfl, 1,572 m). Magical views of the rock massif of the Wilder Kaiser to the North and the Kitzbühel Alps and Hohe Tauern to the South will reward you for your climb. This is where you will also find the famous mountaineer's grave where the "Koasamuch" has found his last resting place. The famous mountaineer of the "Edelweiß guild", Much Wieser, born in Scheffau in 1888, supported summit logs on all Kaiser summits. The 824 slopes down towards the West leading to the Gaudeamushütte (1,263 m). The comfortable cottage invites to a meal or to spend the night. Our secret tip is to try the tasty home-made pastry of the Leichtfried family! If you hike on to the Gruttenhütte, you can follow the 824/813 towards Klamml from here. The narrow path through the steep Klamml is secured with a ladder and some iron brackets (good balance and freeness of vertigo are required! Attention: Danger of rock fall from the fixed-rope route!). After several turns, you will be able to spot the Gruttenhütte (1,620 m), exposed on a rock ridge. Built in 1899, the highest cottage in the Wilder Kaiser with its beautiful sundeck is located right by the foot of the Ellmauer Halt (at 2,344 m the highest summit of the Wilder Kaiser). It is an important starting point for mountaineers and climbers. When the sky is clear, you can enjoy fantastic views all the way to the Großvenediger. The fresh pork roast from the wood-fired oven is particularly popular!
From the Gruttenhütte, you can start out to the West, following the driving path 14a of the Wilder Kaiser path (WKS) 823 below the Kaiserkopf (2,171 m, summit between Ellmauer Halt and Treffauer) for the first 15 minutes. Stay north-west on the Wilder Kaiser and hike over the Lenggries (one of the largest rubble cirques at the Wilder Kaiser) through pine and mountain forests below the Kaiser summits Treffauer and Tuxeck. You will always have the Kitzbühel Alps and the glaciers of the Hohe Tauern in view. The wildly romantic high Kaiser mountain meadow below the Sonnenstein has no cottage but is a wonderful place to stop and take pictures. Continue on along the Wilder Kaiser 821/823 to the Steiner Hochalm (beverages only) (1,257 m). Cottage keepers Maridi and Peter often provide spontaneous harp music and song during a comfortable rest as well. Inspired by this, you will continue on along the driving path and later the high path 821 downwards towards Bärnstatt/Hintersteiner See to the St. Leonhard chapel. Turning slightly South, there will already be two accommodations available (Gasthof Bärnstatt and Bauernhof Beinstingl) – or you can follow the street down to the Gasthof Seestüberl on the Eastern banks of the Hintersteiner See. Hintersteiner See The crystal-clear teal mountain lake offers a welcome refreshment for tired feet. The water fed by subterranean springs is of the best quality, as confirmed by views of down to 10 metres below the water. The beach bath at the Eastern banks is ideal to recover after an exhausting day's leg. At the parking place Hintersteiner See/Seestüberl, you will turn South into the forest, where the foot path 822 runs idyllically to the western banks of the crystal-clear mountain lake. Where the path hits the road, you will hike North to the Pension Maier, which is also a good inn to have a meal at. Further overnight accommodations on the West banks are the Pension Hagenhof and the Bauernhof Goingstätt.
Behind the Pension Maier, forest path no. 45 leads to the Walleralm at the foot of the Zettenkaiserkopf with a moderate rise. Enjoy the wonderful panorama of the Hohe Salve and the Inn valley during a comfortable rest at the Walleralm. A brief climb to the Kreuzbichl will be rewarded with a wonderful all-round view. From the Walleralm, the path takes you along the Jagersteig (Wilder-Kaiser- 823) eastwards to the Steiner Hochalm (1,257 m) and then South to the Hinterschießlingalm (1,020 m) with specialties from the farm's Angus cattle. The exciting Rehbachklamm will take you to the village centre of Scheffau, from where the free-of-charge hiking bus "KaiserJet" will take you back to the starting point in Going.