By cable car we go to Hochsöll where the Witch’s Water Hochsöll is located and hike to the Big Waterfall.
Image gallery: Hike from Hochsöll to the Big Waterfall
We start our day with a ride in the Hochsöll cable car. Each gondola is decorated with a witches' besom - suggesting that in Hochsöll also the Witch's Water Hochsöll is located. Arrived at 1,200 m asl we take the path below of the cable car mountain station, it proceeds through several stations of the theme park Witch's Water (Hexenwasser) until we reach the Stöcklalm mountain hut after a few hundred metres. There we enjoy a coffee and our hike can start. The weather is not that nice but it is a warm autumnal day. The forest path leads us slowly downhill, after a short time we reach a bifurcation where we take the path to the right. Across a little bridge it leads us through the forest for a short section and ends all of sudden at a farmhouse.
But we scout the right way again, the marker leads us across the meadow. Again in the forest a short steep and rocky section follows, at its end it is secured with ropes. Here we already hear the well-known rushing and follow it to a bridge over the Small Waterfall. About half of the way is done and the more pleasant part of our hike starts now. The path becomes a normal forest path, sunbeams light the dense conifer forest. After few steps the path turns right and proceeds to the platform of the Big Waterfall (Grosser Wasserfall) which we admire through the leaves.
The seat invites to take a rest and we enjoy the rushing of the water, the scent of the forest and the twittering of birds. Strengthened with a snack we attack the last section of our hike. The path first turns into a meadow and later into an asphalted road. Past a cheese dairy it leads us once again into the forest and we enjoy beautiful views on Söll. After about 2 hours we reach again the parking space at the valley station of the Söll Cable Car. Enough time to visit also the village itself! You can leave your car at one of the parking spaces of the cable car.
If you want to do this hike, please take information about the weather and the current conditions of the trail on site!
Starting point: valley station of the Söll Cable Car
Route: Hochsöll - Big Waterfall - Söll
Signpost: 8, 7
Walking time: approx. 2 hours (each direction)
Altitude difference: approx. 500 m
Suitable for families? No, the path is partly steep and rocky.
Experienced in: September 2009