Stadl - Esebeckhütte - Kreischberg - St. Lorenzen (1,981m)
A tour for endurance hikers via the Esebeckhütte (mountain hut, not serviced) on the Kreischberg. Taking the Mur Valley Railway (Murtalbahn) is useful on the return journey from St. Lorenzen to Stadl.
This hike runs from Stadl an der Mur, situated directly on the famous Murradweg (cycle path), towards Kreischberg, the well-known world championship mountain and ski resort. From your starting point in the district of Steindorf, you will soon pass a historical wooden mill, the Reitermühle, situated by the Lunzenbach. The Reitermühle is fully functional: water from the stream runs via a wooden supply pipe (“Uaschen”) onto the “Kümpfe ” of the mill wheel from a drop of one and a half metres. Demonstrations by arrangement in July and August provide an insight into this slice of regional farming tradition. The route continues up towards Kreischberg, a well-known ski resort and mecca for the region's freestylers. From the top of the Kreischberg, the route begins to descend, sometimes comfortably, sometimes more steeply, until reaching some mountain huts, which are serviced during the summer. From here, we continue down to St. Lorenzen am Kreischberg. On certain days from June to August, you can take the gondola lift for a more comfortable descent.
In Stadl an der Mur (the Gasthof Murtalerhof), we proceed towards the Reitermühle (signs). Hiking Trail 11 begins at the mill to Gut Koch, then we follow the red-white-red markers (Hiking Trail 130) to the Esebeckhütte. From the Esebeckhütte, we take Trail 131. We pass the Platschlbrunn and continue to the Ameisboden, then up to the top of the Kreischberg. From the summit, we follow Trail 130 to St. Lorenzen. Return by public transport recommended.