Ridge hike Prankerhöhe (2,166m) over the Kreischberg
A refreshing hike in the Gurktaler Alpen, guaranteeing rest and relaxation, is to be found south of the Kreischberg ski resort.
Leisure hikers will love the fact that many summits can be conquered in a route that features easy ascents and descents. A stunning ridge hike starting from the Kreischberg is particularly recommended during alpenrose season, when the blossoms are out. The route runs along the ridge, where we can enjoy not only the views but also blooming meadows of alpenrose (from about mid/end June). On this hike, you just want to keep going. Complete the first, steep part of the ascent in comfort on the Kreischberg gondola lift (please note the opening times), and start your hike at the tree line. Delight in the glorious local alpine flora, marvel at the breathtaking panoramic views of the Tauern and the Nockberge, and of course experience the relaxing atmosphere of the down-to-earth mountain huts and guest houses.
Driving up to the Rieglerhütte via the Grabenstraße is only possible on days when the Rieglerhütte is open (June to October, Wednesday to Sunday). Otherwise, you can take the Kreischberg gondola lift up to the mountain station (every Sunday in June; Wednesday, Friday and Sunday in July and August). Set off below the meadow at the Rieglerhütte mountain hut. We follow the orange markers (Riegler Rundwanderweg ‒ Circular Hiking Trail), which can be found on the gently ascending logging road that winds through the forest. Cross the ski slope to get back onto a logging road. Trail 130 runs west to the Esebeckhütte, a self-catering mountain hut situated in a forest. Hiking trail 131 now runs very sedately through the Zirbenwald to the Schirmbar near the Kreischberg summit (1,981m). Continue uphill. On the return journey, an idyllic view of the Schladminger Tauern und Wölzer Tauern accompanies us. Shortly before the Schirmbar, we fork right through the underpass and follow the logging road and the orange markers back to where we started. An attractive ridge hike from the Kreischberg (1,981m) to the Prankerhöhe (2,166m).