Forrest Mallard - May 11, 2021

Brine Pipeline Trail
Upper Austria, Austria
Start: Ebensee
End: Halstatt
Distance: 25 miles (40 km)
Time: 3 days
Difficulty: Easy
Surface: Mountain Trails, Wooden Planks


Brine Pipeline Trail 01

The Brine Pipeline Trail follows the route of the Brine Pipeline, the oldest pipeline in the world. Construction began in 1595 and took ten years to complete. Built to run 25 miles (40 km) through the mountains and valleys of the Dachstein region of Upper Austria, from Lake Halstatt to Lake Traunsee, it took brine-water with approximately 26 percent salt content-from Halstatt, the most productive salt mine in the entire Salzkammergut, to a new salt processing works in Ebensee. It was the continuing development of a long tradition. Salt had been produced in Halstatt for 7,000 years, and to walk the Brine Pipeline Trail now not only gets you in touch with the beauty of the Dachstein, but it also is an education in the production of salt.

Brine Pipeline Trail 02

The Brine Pipeline Trail follows the course set by the astonishing 13,000 hollowed-out trees that made up its pipes. The first day’s walking is from Ebensee to Bad Ischl-a demanding 12 miles (20 km). From Bad Ischl, you walk to the village of Lauffen, once a place of pilgrimage for local people who would come here to pray for deliverance from the wild, untamed waters of the flood-prone Traun River, and from there to the village of Bad Goisern-a total of 6 miles (9.6km). The final day is a 6-mile (9.6-km) walk along the western shoreline of Lake Halstatt to its historic salt mine, which continued to mine salt until the 1960s.


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Hi! I'm Forrest Mallard

In 2005, I moved to Quito, Ecuador with $35 in my pocket and a small handful of online clients. Fifteen years and five continents later, there were moments of absolute glamour, as well as a number of brutal rough patches. But I always felt that a horrible day of travel is infinitely more preferable than a great day at the office. Oh the stories I could tell, and I will try to do that here in Tramposaurus Treks. You'll have access to the good times, the horrifying times, and a few well-deserved moments of travel glamour.

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