St. Lorenzen - Kreischberg - Esebeckhütte (1,981m)
This long hike runs along hiking trails and mountain pastures to the world championship ski mountain of Kreischberg. For an easier family-friendly variant, take the gondola lift to the top.
From the Kreischberghalle (also a World of Wood site), this hike threads up the world championship mountain of Kreischberg on logging roads. Our first milestone is the halfway station for the 6-seater gondola lift, which runs up from the valley to an altitude of 1,900m. The hike then continues over meadows and paths used mainly as ski slopes in the winter. The Kreischberg is a well-known venue for numerous international ski and snowboarding competitions.
For families, there is a simpler version of the tour: you can conquer the first, steep ascent in leisurely fashion by gondola lift and start your hike at the tree line. Enjoy the local alpine flora and marvel at the breathtaking panoramic views of the Tauern and Nockberge! Traditional mountain huts and guest houses exuding a relaxed atmosphere make the perfect places to stop for refreshment.
Once you have reached the summit of the Kreischberg, you can hike back via the Esebeckhütte (mountain hut) and tackle the descent on foot or by gondola lift.
Starting at the Kreischberghalle, Trail 3a leads right, about five kilometres to the halfway station and from there another 4.5 km or so to the mountain station. From the mountain station, we follow Trail 3 to the summit. To get down from the summit, continue on Trail 131 to the Esebeckhütte (not serviced) and from there keep going along Trail 131 back to Lutzmannsdorf.