There are several cable cars and ski lifts at Schmittenhohe (listed below), and a round trip will cost about $10 euros to $20 euros (children half price). To get your worth, it will be better to get a Combo ticket which allows you to take the cable car or ski lift together with the ship cruise along the Zeller See lake at the bottom of the mountain, the combo tickets cost between about $15 euros to $25 euros (children half price).
An important thing to note is that the different cable cars and ski lifts only operate during different periods, and the best way is to obtain a brochure from your hotel as the timing may vary from year to year.
Areitbahn (cable car)
CityXpress (cable car)
Sonnenalmbahn (cable car)
Sonnkogelbahn (ski lift)
Ebenberg (ski lift)
Schmittenhohebahn (cable car) - This is the only one that goes from the bottom all the way to the top of the mountain.
Here are some more photographs taken during my hiking at Schmittenhohe in June 2007, and more photographs are at the travelogue section of this VT page.
Overall, my wife and I enjoyed the hiking trip at Schmittenhohe. If you want to cover all the hiking trails there, I think you will need at least 2-3 days because there are many of them.
Wear comfortable clothings and shoes during the hiking, and bring sufficient water, sunscreen etc. You can always take a rest when you are tired, remember to take your time to enjoy the experience. During summer, the weather is rather unpredictable and it might rain when you are hiking. Bring along raincoat, the best would be disposable raincoats so you can throw it away later on. See part 3 of this tip.
Hiking is perhaps the best way to experience the beauty of Schmittenhohe mountain, see the stunning scenery of the surroundings as well as immerse yourself in the colourful wildflowers and greenery. Before you start hiking, get a copy of the map of the various paths from your hotel. After that, decide which path you want to take because there are many different paths, each being assigned a number on the map e.g. path 51, 52, 59, 63, 65 etc.
The paths are well-laid, slope is gentle, there are good signages along the way as well as benches, restaurants etc so there should not be any problem except for some things to note (see my tip at the warning and danger section). To reach the top, give yourself about 6-7 hours so start early. See part 2 of this tip.