Drive to Spittal an der Drau in Austria and take an exit for Lienz. Follow the regional road via Lendorf, after which drive a few kilometers and then take a right turn in direction Möllbrücke, Mühldorf and Obervellach. After Mühldorf pay attention since it is necessary to turn left in Unterkolbnitz where the signs show in direction Kreuzeckbahn. The road goes through this small city and crosses the bridge. Soon after the bridge you arrive to the lower train station of Kreuzeckbahn. The ride to the upper station takes 11 minutes (from 605 to 1207 meters). The opening hours are from June to the third week of September all days from 9 am to 5 pm (as of year 2017).
We leave the upper train station of Kreuzeckbahn and continue abouve the accomulation lake to the dusty road. After some minutes we pass the larch tree growing there since 1770. We follow the signs for Mernik Alm or Kleiner Salzkofel or Großer Salzkofel. Soon the signs direct us to a footpath that goes through the forest for a while until it joins the road again. There are many signs with information about forest and even proverbs. The signs eventually lead us to a point where the road is closed. Here we have an option to step on a footpath immediately or follow the road for about 100 meters and then turn right and follow a footpath. The letter is a better option. The path eventually leads us to the Mernik mountain pasture.