The 40m-long, narrow rock gorge at Alpeiner Bach brook near Franz-Senn-Hütte is referred to as “Höllenrachen” (hell’s gap). The roaring water disappears in the gap, flows underground through a 5m-8m-deep gorge and after approx. 40m it resurfaces. There is a via ferrata to cross the gorge. Only a few metres above the thundering water, the elemental force of which you can experience close-by here, the path snakes its way into the dark Höllenrachen gorge. Walking into it is an incredible experience, even if the trail is very short. Experienced climbers and supervised groups can rent via ferrata sets and helmets at Franz-Senn-Hütte. But hikers too get a good impression of the gorge.
Start: Oberissalm (1,725m)Finish: Höllenrachen (2,175m)Difficulty: via ferrata, intermediateWalking time: 2 hoursRest stops: Oberissalm, Alpeinalm, Franz-Senn-HütteTo Höllenrachen gorge in 20 minutes. A hardly visible path leads across sectionally rocky terrain to the edge of the gorge. Watch out: very slippery terrain in wet conditions. It takes approx. 10 minutes to conquer the via ferrata.