The Wolfsklamm hike is a fun, quick, Austrian adventure hike through a narrow canyon along a raging river to an old pilgrimage site. This hike is a perfect trail for a hot day!
Drive to the village of Stans, and park your car near the big catholic church in the centre of the village.
|When to do|
May to October
Yes, at the trailhead
From the church, walk towards the nearest mountains. There are also signs saying “Wolfsklamm” and pointing you in the right direction. You’ll walk for five minutes, following the road to Wolfsklamm, at which point you will reach a little hut where you have to pay an entrance fee (about 3€). After that, follow the forest road along the river uphill. Soon the road changes to a little trail.
This trail follows the river at all times; there are no junctions. The scenery along the river gets more and more dramatic with every step. You’ll see some waterfalls along your hike, which are spectacular.
After 45 minutes the trail continues onto a flat forest road. You’ll soon get your first glimpses of the St. Georgen monastery. Continue straight on the forest road and at the first junction, take a right. You’ll trace up some switchbacks, cross a wooden bridge, and in about fifteen minutes you will reach the monastery. There is a restaurant here where you can have lunch.
You can either hike back the route you came in on – if you want to enjoy the waterfalls again – or hike a new route through the forest. The trail in the forest does not offer any highlights, but there are almost no other people on that trail!
To hike the trail in the forest, go left at the junction, about five minutes after the bridge, and follow the signs that say “Maria Tax”. After about 35 minutes you’ll reach Maria Tax – a little chapel in the forest.
Continue along the trail, going back to the village of Stans. As you descend, you can already see the church in Stans, where you started your hike.
Go either early in the morning or late in the afternoon as there are many people on this trail. You will stand in a queue on this narrow trail in early afternoon.
If you start along the trail in the forest (clockwise loop) you can avoid paying the entrance fee.
In some sections the trail in the canyon is quite slippery because of the many waterfalls around.
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