Oases amidst steep rock faces: Via the famous mountain climbers' village of Johnsbach into the "heart of the Xeis", the Hesshütte at the foot of the highest peak, the Hochtor.
From the Mödlingerhütte you go eastwards down the hiking path to the mountain climbers' village of Johnsbach: the hiking path crosses the forest road several times, runs a small stretch along it until it branches off again to the left, becoming steeper and steeper.Arrived in the valley you reach the Gasthaus Donner opposite the tragically famous Johnsbacher Bergsteigerfriedhof. This cemetery is 5 walking minutes away from the parking lot at the Gasthof zum Donner and is definitely worth a visit. 200 years ago, the first victim of an accident in the Gesaeuse Mountains was buried here. Numerous historical gravestones tell the tragic story of many young mountaineers who died in an accident in the Gesaeuse Mountains. This cemetery, Austria's largest mountaineers' cemetery, has achieved sad fame and radiates peaceful tranquillity in an idyllic landscape.
Continue past Gasthof Donner, 500m along the asphalted road until you turn right at the sharp ascending left turn and hike along the shadow side path along the Johnsbach stream to Kölblwirt. The hiking trail to the Hesshütte (1.699m) starts 50m after the Kölblwirt. Here you first pass the waterfall on the left in the meadow. In the forest you then go up the so-called "Zach´n Schuach", a steep gravel path. After about 20 minutes the trail flattens out and changes character into a leisurely hike through woods, alpine pastures and larch woods. At Gamsbrunn (turn-off to Sulzkarhund) past the Hesshütte (1.699m) and thus the day's destination is soon in sight - it is located under the rock faces of the Hochtorgruppe.
Duration: 5 hrs 15 min
Length: 13,2 km