Starting point: gondola top station. This is a 1 km path along the ridge – very well secured by many fixed ropes. Classed as an easy steep track. Access via the Riegetal valley to the Groaßsee lake. From there, follow the path to the left in the direction of Wildgrat peak up to a height of approx. 2,600 m. You will have to turn off when you see a stone sculpture of a man and a few signposts. Take the path to the Kugleten See
[lake] and to the Gemeindekopf peak. At the start, follow this path in a south-westerly direction. After approx. 150 m you will reach a narrow ridge, the so called ‘Steinmann’ [man of stone]. Leave the path to follow the ridge steeply upwards. After another 150 m a very large arrow indicates that you should change to the other side of the narrow ridge. Further up, climb over an area of grassy slopes with rocks to a small lake
underneath the Riegekopf peak. From there a moderately ascending path leads over rocks to a flat ridge south of the Riegekopf where you can climb the Kreuzjöchlspitz peak (2,908 m) from there in approx. 10 minutes. Following this, continue on the 1 km long ridge, which is well secured by fixed ropes. The ridge runs southeast towards the 2,820 m Schafhimmel peak. This varied climb is marked with paint and it takes 1.5 –
2 hrs to reach the Schafhimmel peak. From there, descend to the Lehner Joch and continue to the catered mountain hut Ludwigsburger Hütte. Walking distance: starting from the top station of Hochzeiger gondola to Kreuzjöchelspitz approx. 3.5 hours, from Kreuzjöchlspitz to Schafhimmel approx. 2 hours.
Starting point: gondola top station. From the starting point take the path to the Hochzeiger mountain towards the Groaßsee lake. At the lake, the path forks off to the right to the Hohe Gemeindekopf peak (2,771 m). From there,
you may choose to descend via Kugleter See (lake), keeping to the right to get to the catered mountain hut Ludwigsburger Hütte and then continue to Zaunhof.
car park goods cable car near Zaunhof/Grüble (1396m)
Follow the well-marked agricultural road to the catered mountain hut Ludwigsburger Hütte. Then continue to walk to the Lehnerjoch and turn right after approx. 10 minutes and follow the well-waymarked track southwards. After crossing a few cirques and streams, follow a steep, secured descent to another cirque, the Hairlacher Kar. Next, climb up the steep track (secured with ropes) to the stunning Mauerköpfl summit. Continue to walk over Alpine pastures beneath the Hairlacher Seekopf summit to the fork a little east of the Am Gampen. Then climb uphill in the direction of the Wilder See until you reach the Brandsee lake at the same altitude as the Schoaßkogel peak. At another cirque, the Biedere Kar, continue to walk on to the so called Luibisböden. It is possible to descend via the Luibisalm to Piösmes.
Please note that no one should attempt this Alpine trek unless confident of good fitness levels and stamina.
car park at the goods cable car at Zaunhof/Grüble (1329m)
car park at the goods cable car at Zaunhof/Grüble (1334m)
Currently the path to the Ludwigsburger Hütte is closed due to renovation work.
Walk by the well-signposted and steep path (in parts stepped) or alternatively along the agricultural road to the catered mountain hut Ludwigsburger Hütte. From this hut, which is in a beautiful setting, enjoy views of the Hohe Geige, the Glacier, the Rofele rockface and the Venet summit. Return by the outward route.
ascent over the pat: 1:15 h., average
ascent over the agricultural road: 2 h., easy
car park, goods cable car near Zaunhof/Grüble (1329m)
bus stop Zaunhof Grüble (1327m)
From the starting point, climb up to the catered mountain hut Ludwigsburger Hütte. Then continue to walk in the direction of the Lehnerjoch. After approx. 10 minutes tak e a right and follow the waymarked trail leading south. After crossing a few cirques and brooks, there is a secured track to the Hairlacher Kar. Following this, there is another ascent to the Scharte am Westgrat of the Hairlacher Seekopfs summit. Continue after this to the Maurerköpfl peak. Keep on southwards to the crossroads ‘Am Gampen’, then downhill to the derelict mountain hut Äußere Schwarzenbergalm and then continue on to Enger/Bichl.
Please note that this trail is only suitable for experienced hikers with good stamina.
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