Winklmoosalm to Steinplatte (10 photos)

The whole area of Winklmoosalm in Germany and Steinplatte in Austria has always been one of my favorite hiking grounds. In summer, one can drive up to Winklmoosalm at an elevation of about 1100m, and start pleasant and fairly easy hikes on the alpine meadows and pastures that are used by skiers in the winter.

On this day I started at Winklmoosalm and hiked up towards Steinplatte. Somewhere along the hike I crossed the border between Germany and Austria, but it’s not really clear to me where that border is, because the area has multiple markers, both current and historic, and I don’t know which is which.

I stopped at the restaurant near the Steinplatte summit and had an earlier dinner. Clouds were building up to the south and the threat of a thunderstorm in the mountains is no joke, so I scratched the plan to hike to the summit of Steinplatte, and headed back down towards Winklmoosalm and the parking lot. Thankfully, the weather didn’t turn too soon, and I made it back to the car without thunder and rain.

This archive post marks a special turning point: I began to record images as raw data on this day, instead of JPEG – and have been ever since. I never looked back to the shortcomings of JPEG files. :)

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