The unknown face of the Wetterstein range
Lower cableway station of Kreuzeck and Alpspitzbahn (790m regular bus and train connection)
Sudwestgrat (2815m); ascent to Zugspitze (2962m)
Total travelling time:
Overall height gain/loss:
+ 5287m - 5287m without climbing up the Zugspitze
+5434m - 5434m climbing the Zugspitze
Garmisch-Partenkirchen – Kreuzeck Haus – Hupfl eitenjoch – (Schwarzer Kopf) – Knappenhäuser – Höllentalanger Hütte
You can shorten this first day by travelling by cableway, reducing the height gain by 100m and the travelling time by 2½ hrs. However, the ascent is feasible also if you decide to do it on foot. The trailhead is the Kreuzeckbahn, a Garmisch-Partenkirchen lower cableway station (760m). From here you walk up trails and roads, traversing ski runs all the way to the hotels in Kreuzalm (1570m) and Kreuzeck-Haus (1650m). The cableways, once again, leave their mark on the landscape, but after Hupfl eitenjoch (1750m) the scenery becomes wilder. If you would like to see the beautiful Lake Eibsee, walk uphill for 10 more minutes as far as Schwarzer Kopf (1818m). The descent is rapid and directs you to Knappenhäusern (1520m) and then towards the Höllental valley until you reach the Höllentalanger-Hütte (1381m).
Kreuzeck-Haus (1650m): Tel. +49-(0)8821-2202, open from mid May to the beginning of November, DAV.
Höllentalanger Hütte (1381m): Tel. +49-(0)8821-8811, open from the end of May to the end of Septmeber, DAV.