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A hike to the Maurerkogel
in Zell am See

A hike to the Maurerkogel in Zell am See

The neighbouring summit of the Schmittenhöhe awaits!

The stunning scenic views of the Schmittenhöhe certainly make this mountain a household term among summer holiday guests. But are you familiar with its neighbouring summit, the Maurerkogel, too? It might not be quite as well-known, but it attracts hikers of all ages with equally stunning 360-degree views. 

A hiking route to the Maurerkogel’s summit from Zell’s landmark mountain

Head out on a hike to the Schmittenhöhe’s neighbouring mountain! Along the ridge, you can walk up to the summit where you can enjoy its stunning 360-degree views: To the north, you’ll see the Kalkalpen range including the Wilder Kaiser, the Steinernes Meer range and the Hochkönig. To the south, you’ve got an unobstructed view of the Hohe Tauern range including the Großglockner, the Kitzsteinhorn and the Großvenediger. Treat yourself to ultimate summit joy – the ascent is well worth it, promise! 

All facts for summit joy on the Maurerkogel

The Maurerkogel’s summit is calling! But before you hit the trail, here’s some important info about the hike: 

  • Difficulty: medium (good level of endurance required) 
  • Length: about 11 km 
  • Duration: about 4 hours
  • Elevation gain/loss: 631 m during the ascent and 631 m during the descent 
  • Highest point: 2,059 m
  • Start: Schmittenhöhe 
  • Destination: Schmittenhöhe
  • Route: Kettingtörl – Kettingkopf – Maurerkogel – Rohrertörl – Hochsonnberg 
  • Tips: sturdy footwear recommended; bring plenty of snacks and water; stop at Pinzgauer Hütte, Eder Hütte or Kettingalm; park at Schmittenhöhebahn or trassXpress (Schmittenstraße 119, 5700 Zell am See)

A medium-difficulty hike in Zell am See

As the saying goes: Work before pleasure. Even though you can’t really call this hike “work”, it still requires a certain amount of physical effort. The hiking route to the Maurerkogel is a medium-difficulty hike. A good level of endurance and sturdy footwear are recommended. Then, you should be able to comfortably hike this 11-kilometre route with 631 metres of elevation gain – even with your kids. Keep in mind that the hike will take you about four hours. 

The route from the Schmittenhöhe

You want to go on a hike to the Maurerkogel? Great! Park your car and start your hike at the Schmittenhöhebahn. From the mountain station of Schmittenhöhebahn or trassXpress, follow the Pinzgauer Spaziergang trail to the fork in the trail labelled “Maurerkogel”. From that point on, the way to the summit is signposted. In fresh mountain air, you can hike towards the Maurerkogel’s stunning views. Via Pinzgauer hut, you can later return to the Schmittenhöhe.

Tip for a stop: Berghotel Schmittenhöhe is another great choice for gourmets! 

Experiencing the Schmitten on many trails

You’d like to get an idea of the hiking routes up on the Schmittenhöhe before you get there? With the interactive hiking map, nothing’s easier than that! You’ll not only receive additional info about some of the most beautiful trails but get a better idea of the hiking resort of Zell am See as well. See for yourself!