Nationalpark Hohe Tauern

Nature and culture trail
Oberhaus stone pine forest

  • Trail description:

    The Oberhaus stone pine forest with over 170 ha in the rear Defereggental (Defereggen valley) represents the largest contiguous stone pine population in the Eastern Alps, with more than 100 ha designated as natural forest and subject to strict conservation regulations. Together with the cultivated valley floors and the pastures, the closed stone pine forest forms a scenic backdrop which you can inspect more closely while walking the circular route. The partially extreme boulder locations of some of the stone pines aged up to 600 years old are one feature not to be missed; they frequently grow on large boulders and and envelope them with their roots.

    Bird watchers also get value for money despite the high altitude of the Oberhaus stone pine forest: more than 30 bird species can be seen in the forest.

    As part of a full-day excursion, you can visit both the Oberhaus stone pine forest with the "Jagdhausalmen" (mountain pasture) that are further into the valley (approx. 2 hours of walking).

    Brief information:

    Alpengasthof Oberhaus 
    9963 St. Jakob/Maria Hilf


    Circular route, 3 km


    Approx. 1 1/2 hours 


    Level of difficulty: 
    Easy hiking trail


    From June to September


    More info: 
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  • Directions: Travelling on the B108 from Lienz or Matrei turn off to Defereggental (Defereggen valley) in Huben. Continue to St. Jakob and in the direction Erlsbach/Staller Sattel. In Erlsbach take the toll road as far as the Oberhaus inn (car park).

    With public transport: Route Matrei/Lienz – Huben - Staller Sattel, to Erslbach (timetable, see