The Zwölferhorn Mountain
The Zwölferhorn Mountain is situated to the south of St. Gilgen and it towers above the village. From its summit there is a magnificent view of Lake Wolfgangsee and surrounding mountains.
From St. Gilgen, c. 2.5 hours.
Ascend either by cable car from St. Gilgen, which nearly reaches the summit, or walk along the piste via the Sausteigalm plateau.
a) Northern descent to St. Gilgen
Go down the steep, unobstructed north side to the Sausteigalm Plateau, continue over a field and eventually along forest trails to the Weisswand Guesthouse then left onto the run down to St. Gilgen.
b) Via the south side to Abersee
Go a little way down the southwest ridge then left down the steep south side (do not use when there is danger of avalanche) to the Stübleralm Plateau. Continue along the road down over the Steingrabenalm Plateau to Abersee (hamlet of Brunn).
c) Via the Illingerbergalm Plateau to Abersee
Flatter and not so prone to the danger of avalanches than option b). From the summit cross, go over the southwest ridge to the Pillsteinhöhe then southwards to the Pillsteinsattel. Continue eastwards to the Illingerbergalm where the forest trail leads down to Abersee (hamlet of Brunn) via the Stübleralm and the Steingrabenalm plateaus.
d) Via the Fachbachalm Plateau to Abersee
From the summit, the run leads over the steep north side to the Sausteigalm Plateau. Here, keep right (eastwards) until, after c. 200 mt. you come to a wayside cross. Continue right here, slightly uphill, onto a saddle and beyond, go through the wood down to the Fachbachalm Plateau and continue over fields straight down to the Steingrabenalm Plateau. A plateau road, first flat and then steeper, leads down to Abersee, the hamlet of Brunn.
- Descent: difficulty: medium, 1000 Metres of altitude
- Ascent aid
- Parking space: 50
- Suitable for friends
- Deep winter
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