They provide shade and though allow sufficient sunlight to pass through for the understory to grow. The larch trees on the “Eulenwiesen” enable a protected variety of flowers (pasqueflower, trumpet gentian, arnica …) and give space to matgrass and dwarf-shrub. These “Larchbergmahder” sprouted after fire clearance. Due to the many floods at the valley bottom the farmers needed new pastures and found them at about 1,700 meters above sea level. Whereas spruce trees and pine trees burned up, the larch trees only flared on the outside and were budding again the next spring. Such places of natural treasures can only be maintained through extensive care and cultivation by the farmers. Once a year the “Eulenwiesen” are therefore mowed by hand and scythed.
Round trip 1
Gleinserhof - Eulenwiesen – Gleinserhof
Starting and finishing point: Alpengasthaus Gleinserhof (1,412 m)
Walking time: 2 ½ hours
Altitude difference: ↑ 350 Hm ↓ 350 Hm
Rest points: Alpengasthaus Gleinserhof (1,412 m)
JOURNEY / STARTING POINT:
In Schönberg, follow the street to the post office and then turn right. Go through a motorway underpass and on the other side, follow signs for "Gleinserhof". After approx. 15 minutes, you reach the Alpengasthaus Gleinserhof at the end of the street. There, you will find many free parking spaces.
Leaving the Alpengasthaus Gleinserhof, follow a gently climbing forest path in the direction of the Eulenwiesen. At the first sign (Eulenwiesen), turn left and after 2 bends, you reach the Eulenwiesen in one hour. On the mountain ridge, you walk through meadows surrounded by larch woods.After another 15 minutes you reach the scenic nature reserve Eulenwiesen. It goes back the same way.
Round trip 2
Serlesbahnen - Eulenwiesen – Serlesbahnen
Starting and finishing point: Serlesbahnen mountain railways (mountain station 1600 m / valley station 982 m)
Walking time: 4 ½ hours
Altitude difference: ↑ 350 ↓ 1000 Hm
Rest points: Panorama restaurant Koppeneck (1,600 m), Ochsenhütte (1,.582 m), Gleinserhof (1,.412 m)
JOURNEY / STARTING POINT:
The Serlesbahnen can be found at the valley entrance in the Mieder district. There you will find many free parking spaces.
Leaving the Serlesbahnen mountain station, walk past the Koppeneck panoramic restaurant along the forest path in the direction of the Gleinserhof (signposted). After a brief walk you reach the Ochsenhütte mountain hut. From there, follow the forest path further in the direction of the Gleinserhof and in approx. 60 minutes, you reach a fork at which you turn right in the direction of the Eulenwiesen (see signposting). Continue the forest path for a further 45 minutes. On the mountain ridge, you walk through meadows surrounded by larch woods. After another 15 minutes you reach the natural scene Eulenwiesen.At first it goes back the same way. At the junction shortly before the Gleinshöfer you can either hike back on the forest path to the mountain station of the Serlesbahnen or via the Gleinserhof on a hiking trail to the valley station of the Serlesbahnen. For the entire hike takes about 4½ hours.