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.
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
The walk start up in the shadow of Gerlosstein

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Many paths diverge at this point.
Many paths diverge at this point.

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Campanula spp
Campanula spp

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Outcrops of limestone are rich in Alpine flowers
Outcrops of limestone are rich in Alpine flowers

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Turn left when you reach the ridge
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.
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.
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
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
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
Follow the sign up the hill for Seespitze from the top of the coll

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Top of the coll
Top of the coll

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

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Aconitum
Aconitum

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Joining a track and followingit downhill
Joining a track and followingit downhill

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Heading for Kuhle Rast
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.
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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