4. Walking Austrian Alps: Hainzenberg gondola ⇨towards  Torhelm ⇨ Kuhle Rast 2013:08:24

This walk starts at the top of the Hainzenberg gondola. Get the bus from Mayrhofen. We are heading to Torhelm and then over the pass and down to Kuhle Rast, and the bus back to Mayrhofen.

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The walk start up in the shadow of Gerlosstein

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Many paths diverge at this point.

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Campanula spp

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Outcrops of limestone are rich in Alpine flowers

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Turn left when you reach the ridge

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The path off the ridge to Torhelm is clearly marked. There is a short, steep descent here.

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Panorama taken from the ridge just before Torhelm. Looking at Hochfeld and Gerlosstein in the sunshine.

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The alpine meadows here are on limestone, and particularly rich in flowers and butterflies

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We are now heading for Kuhle Rast

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Follow the sign up the hill for Seespitze from the top of the coll

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Top of the coll

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Look out for the marker post. The path heads down the valley to the left.

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The path heads down this valley. The Weissbach

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Aconitum

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Joining a track and followingit downhill

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Heading for Kuhle Rast

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The path crosses a low ridge and drops down to a cluster of small farms beside a stream. Follow the track down the valley to Kuhl Rast. This is a stop on the bus route, but make sure you stand where you can see it approach and signal for it to stop.

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