Sulzbichl - Hochbärneck - Trefflingfall - Sulzbichl

Hiking route from Sulzbichl - Puchenstuben

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  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Route: 11,32 km
  • Ascent: 552 egm
  • Descent: 549 egm
  • Duration: 3:30 h
  • Lowest point: 441 m
  • Highest point:952 m
  • Round tour
  • Nice views
  • With refreshment stops
  • Suitable for families and children
  • Cultural/historical value
  • Geological highlights
  • Botanical highlights

Details for: Sulzbichl - Hochbärneck - Trefflingfall - Sulzbichl

Brief description

The easy hike leads from the Trefflingtalerhütte to the Hochbärneck. On the way back, the Vorderen Tormäuer will inspire you with their crystal-clear Erlauf and roaring Trefflingfall.



The different natural and cultural landscapes inspire the hikers on this tour. The Alm am Hochbärneck, with the Almhaus and the observation tower, is ideal for a short break. After the descent through a shady beech forest, with a wonderful view of the Ötscher, the path leads along the crystal clear Erlauf through the Vorderen Tormäuer, past the Eibenmühle mill and the Hundsbachfall. The final highlight is the Trefflingfall, which plunges into the depths in the form of several cascades. Back at the starting point, you can pick up your well-earned snack at the Trefflingtalerhütte.


Starting point of the tour

Sulzbichl - Puchenstuben

Destination point of the tour

Sulzbichl - Puchenstuben

Route description Sulzbichl - Hochbärneck - Trefflingfall - Sulzbichl

The starting point is the Trefflingtalerhütte am Sulzbichl in the municipality of Puchenstuben, where admission to the nature park is paid in order to preserve the paths. At first the path leads along the asphalt road for a short distance, before turning left onto a forest road and after about 2 hours reaching the alpine pasture Hochbärneck. After a stop at the Almhaus and a visit to the viewpoint, the trail descends steeply downhill via a forest path and a road towards Eibenboden. At an inconspicuous junction you have to keep left to get to the Eibenmühle. Through the Vorderen Tormäuer, along the Erlauf and past the Hundsbachfall, you reach the Trefflingfall, which has to be climbed as the last stage over the spectacular waterfall path, before the last stretch leads through a forest next to the Trefflingbach back to the starting point.



from St.Pölten via the Pielach valley to Puchenstuben

from Scheibbs via St.Anton to Puchenstuben

from Annaberg via Wastl to Puchenstuben

in Puchenstuben turn in the direction of Erlebnisdorf Sulzbichl on the L5022 - Panoramastraße (Attention: no bus traffic between Sulzbichl and Reith)



There is a car park directly next to the Trefflingtalerhütte.

A parking fee of 4 Euro (for a whole day) has to be paid at the machine.

More info/links

Ötscher-Tormäuer Nature Park

Tel.: 02728/ 21 100 or


Community of Puchenstuben

Tel.: 02726/ 2380 or

Ötscher-Tormäuer Nature Park hiking map (available from Mostviertel Tourismus, T 07482/20444,

ÖK Blatt 72 Mariazell Freytag & Berndt 031 Ötscherland




Hiking clothes, sturdy shoes, drinks


Safety information

For sure-footed hikers with no fear of heights!


Map recommendations

Wanderkarte Naturpark Ötscher-Tormäuer,


Author's tip

On hot summer days, the cold water of the Erlauf and Trefflingbach streams is a refreshing treat.


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