|Rachel chapel overlooking the Rachel lake|
It is expected that the new mixed forest will be far superior to the old spruce wood that it replaces. The former spruce forest was manmade, tended for hundreds of years by the foresters. Now there is a new generation of trees of different ages and mixed, like a mosaic. It hopefully will be more resistant to the bark beetles.
We started our hike at the park & ride in Spiegelau, from where buses take you into the National Park to Gfäll. From here we walked north along the mountain before we took a route up in direction to the Rachel summit. On the other side we descended to the Rachel lake and further to the Racheldiensthütte, from where another bus took us back to the P&R. The walk over the mountain took us about 4,5 hours.
|Great Rachel 1.453 metres|