Saukarkopf – a much-loved mountain
Markus Andexer’s hiking tip
ome mountains are closer to our hearts than others, and if they are also on our doorsteps, they become enduring favourites. This is how we feel about the 2,048m Saukarkopf. Even when I was a child, this was a favourite hiking destination. The view from the top never disappoints – a magnificent 360-degree panorama that encompasses the Keeskogel at the end of the valley, the Sonnblick in the Rauris Valley, the Hochkönig massif and the Dachstein Mountains. I can’t say how often I’ve been to the top of the Saukarkopf – maybe a hundred times – but each time, I sit by the summit cross, enjoying the landscape, the peace and the experience. It is different every time: the changing light, dancing clouds, unforgettable sunrises, glorious sunsets, changing all the time with a bright blue sky one day, and mud and rain the next. Each time, I have gained unforgettable impressions that left me feeling utterly content.
The mountain can be scaled at any time of year, and neither autumn nor winter can keep me away. There are different ascent routes, which also adds interest and variety, and there’s even a via ferrata from the Saukaralm hut to the summit. My preferred route is the most commonly used path from Grossarl that takes you along the Hertas Rast hiking trail, past the old Vorderstadlluck restaurant (now closed) and then onwards towards the Gerstreitalm and Saukaralm huts. Both serve snacks and refreshments during the summer months, and are well worth a visit. There is also a lovely high-altitude trail that leads out of the Elmau Valley and past the Saukarkopf. In the autumn, when the larch conifers change colour and lose their needles, you can pick even cranberries along the way. These are extremely good for you, full of vitamin C, and strengthen the immune system for the cold season ahead.
Why take my word for it? Come to the GROSSARLER HOF in the Salzburg region and discover my favourite mountain for yourself!
Yours sincerely, Markus Andexer