Hiking time: 3.5 hours
This hike is for experts only. Be sure to bring good gear and solid boots as you will encounter rocky terrain. Refreshments are available at the summit of the Schafberg as well as at Schafbergalpe.
From the Himmelspforte summit house make your way to the notch in the west. You will notice the archway with the "Himmelpforte” inscription. Then you can descend via the north side, past rocky terrain. At this point you will need the aid of a rope. Once you reach the ridge further down you will also notice several vertical walls and steep cliffs on the north face of the mountain. Eventually you will reach a signpost where the trail branches off to Eisenaualm.
Further to the right you will notice some lakes, the small Suassensee, the picturesque Mittersee and the famed Mönichsee. Continue the steep way down until you reach the Mönichsee at an elevation of 1300 m/4265 ft. Just a bit before the banks of the lake, turn right onto the Purtschellersteig. Now you will cross another steep mountainside and then a rock wall, where rope assistance will once again be essential. At one point you will then reach a cave, followed by a fork in the trail. By turning left you can reach the Schafbergalm, by turning right you would eventually end up again at the top of the summit, after a less challenging hike back up.