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Bavarian Voralpen: Mangfallgebirge
Wasserspitz19 May 2005Fischhausen-Neuhaus - Bodenschneid Haus - Wasserspitz - F-Neuhaus
Bodenschneid20 May 2005Spitzingsattel - Bodenschneid - Stumpfling - Spitzingsattel
Rosskopf21 May 2005Spitzingsee - Rosskopf - Freudenreichalm - Fischhausen-Neuhaus
Wasserspitz22 May 2005Tegernsee - Gindelalmschneid - Schliersee - Krainsberg - Fishhausen-Neuhaus
Auracher Köpferl 23 May 2005Fischhausen-N - Auracher Köpferl - Taferlmoos - Schliersberg - Schliersee
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19th May 2005: Fischhausen-Neuhaus - Bodenschneid Haus - Wasserspitz - F-Neuhaus
Start/finish at Fischhausen Neuhaus , 800m
Highest point reached was 1552m, summit of Wasserspitz.
Round distance circa 17 kms
Vertical altitude gain of circa 1000m
Total time from start to finish of 8hrs
Weather was mild and sunny, but with some deep snow remaining above 1400m.

My winter trip with my wife Bobbie to Bayrischzell in the Bavarian Vor Alpen had shown these relatively small mountains to be in a superb hiking area. We were especially impressed with Fischhausen-Neuhaus, a very quiet village at the South end of the Schliersee. Surrounded by mountains with a large number of huttes. With an hourly train service from and to München, and also along the valley floor to Bayrischzell. An hourly bus service up to Spitzingsattel and the small mountain surrounded lake at Spitzingsee: and other bus services as well! Routes 9552 and 9562 are the most useful and times can be found on the Bus web site by using the "Linien nach Nummen" drop down menu. The village also has a small supermaket, (behind the petrol station on the main road through), and other useful shops. A veritable hikers paradise. So for my May trip undertaken on my own, it was no surprise I should select this village as my base, especially after finding on the Internet what seemed to be very good place to stay in the form of the Gasthof Kögel.

So the bright and sunny morning of May 19th, (after very heavy rain the day before), saw me heading up the Durnbachtal and past a lovely waterfall on the road heading almost due West away from Fishhausen-Neuhaus, in an attempt to get to the summit of the Bodenschneid. The grade was gentle to start with, but on entering the forest on a gravel road the climb on a steeper grade started.

Signpost to Bodenschneid
Waterfall
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19th May 2005: Fischhausen-Neuhaus - Bodenschneid Haus - Wasserspitz - F-Neuhaus continued
Forest track Raineralm Forest track
The good forest track, (top left), later became rocky, (right) before emerging from the forest below Raineralm, (lower left).
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19th May 2005: Fischhausen-Neuhaus - Bodenschneid Haus - Wasserspitz - F-Neuhaus continued
Bodenschneid Haus
The forest road ended at the Bodenschneid Haus, with the 1668m Bodenschneid just behind. From here it looked like there were just light patches of snow left on the North side of the mountain where my path to the summit went!
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19th May 2005: Fischhausen-Neuhaus - Bodenschneid Haus - Wasserspitz - F-Neuhaus continued
Path to Bodenschneid Path to Freudenreichsattel Path to Bodenschneid
Even past Bodenschneid Haus, (1356m) there was little snow, (top left) or on the start of the steep path up the Bodenschneid, (right). But as I climbed the Bodenschneid those "little" patches of snow I had seen from lower down became very deep, totally obscuring the narrow path. Attempts to climb directly up the mountain through the snow were aborted as it was too deep and too steep! So I returned to the start of the path and followed the snow covered track towards the Freundenreichsattel.
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19th May 2005: Fischhausen-Neuhaus - Bodenschneid Haus - Wasserspitz - F-Neuhaus continued

That path should have lead to Bodenschneid and I was behind a mountain biker, (carrying his bike over the deep snow and uneven terrain). After a while I met him returning and he was not happy as the path had ended! I continued to see if I could find a track, but no. It seems that the only people to use this route in the snow had missed the turning to the South which was still well covered. I retraced my steps past Bodenschneidhaus as far as Raineralm. There I noticed a small track heading up to a couple of smaller summits and detailed examination of my map and a conversation with a local hiker confirmed that a non signed track lead to the top of the Wasserspitz, (1552m, right top), where I could expect good views.

Wasserpspitz

The path was not that hard to start with, but on the steeper North facing higher sections there were more patches of deep snow! But the ridge was not that wide so it was obvious where the path must do it's narrow zig zags to the summit.

So I had to kick footholds in the snow one at a time, (photographed on the return, right), two or three kicks for each foothold, to get enough grip. A slow and very tiring way to ensure I got to the summit cross. But worth the effort when I did eventually stand on the summit, as there were some superb views in the by now partly cloudy weather as I sat and ate a rather late lunch.

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Path to WasserpspitzSummit of Wasserpspitz











19th May 2005: Fischhausen-Neuhaus - Bodenschneid Haus - Wasserspitz - F-Neuhaus continued
Tegernsee Despite the hazy weather, Tegernsee provided a lovely sight from the summit, before I headed back down to Fischhausen-Neuhaus.
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20th May 2005: Spitzingsattel - Bodenschneid - Stumpfling - Spitzingsattel
Start/finish at Spitzingsattel, 1127m
Highest point reached: 1668m, Bodenschneid summit.
Round distance circa 12 kms
Vertical altitude gain of circa 700m
Total time from start to finish of 7hrs
Weather was mild and sunny.

A bright and sunny Friday saw me determined to "summit" the Bodenschneid, this time via the South East ridge in the hope that it would be clear of snow. The 08.46 bus from Fischhausen-Neuhaus station left me at Spitzingsattel from where the paved forest road dropped down to the Spitzingsee, (right), before a gentle ascent to Untere Firstalm, (below, shut Thursday and Fridays, with the Bodenschneid S.E. ridge behind.)
Untere Firstalm
View of Schliersee
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20th May 2005: Spitzingsattel - Bodenschneid - Stumpfling - Spitzingsattel
Track past Obere Firstalm Steep track up to Bodenschneid
(Left), The track up from Untere Firstalm to Suttenstein where the very steep and rocky track up the South East Ridge of the Bodenschneid starts, (right). I am getting used to German mountain tracks but I did still initially walk past the start of this track as I thought it was just a pile of rocks!
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20th May 2005: Spitzingsattel - Bodenschneid - Stumpfling - Spitzingsattel

The steepness of the track should not have been a surprise as I was using the excellent 1:25000 Topographische Karte 1:25000 "8337/8437 Josefsthal" from the Bayerisches Landesvermessungsamt München. These maps may not be that easy to get but seem very accurate, being something like the equivalent of the UK Ordnance Survey maps and a significant step up from Kopmass map series. My earlier study of the map had shown that the 20m contour lines were very close together on parts of this track, and even after the rocks there were some more steep parts through the trees, (right).

The track itself was not well marked and on several occasions there didn't seem to be an obvious route up the ridge. But this was a ridge so whenever the track was not clear I just kept going steeply upwards on what to me seemed to be the top of the ridge. A few sections of fences appeared from time to time, and nearer the top the going got very muddy indeed. But thankfully there was no snow, and the trees lower down gave some protection from a quite warm sun. Every so often a break in the trees gave an increasingly superb view over the surrounding mountains, enough incentive to keep me climbing for that summit!

Steep track up to Bodenschneid
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20th May 2005: Spitzingsattel - Bodenschneid - Stumpfling - Spitzingsattel
view back to Obere and Untere Firstalm steep track up the Bodenschneid
Left are the Obere and Untere Firstalms. Right is the last part of the steep and rocky track up the Bodenschneid. The track passes between the two small rocks on the skyline almost half way in from the right hand side, and then becomes a bit easier.
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20th May 2005: Spitzingsattel - Bodenschneid - Stumpfling - Spitzingsattel
Track past Obere Firstalm Steep track up to Bodenschneid
Just one hour after starting up the steep track from Suttenstein I had the summit in view, and was soon standing on the peak.
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20th May 2005: Spitzingsattel - Bodenschneid - Stumpfling - Spitzingsattel
Tegernsee from Bodenschneid summit
The hard ascent was well worth it for the stunning views around a 360 degree panornama. This one over the Tegernsee, nearly 1000 vertical metres below.
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20th May 2005: Spitzingsattel - Bodenschneid - Stumpfling - Spitzingsattel
View to Spitzingsee Wallberg
(Left), The view back down to Spitzingsee. (Right), The Wallberg, 1723m, and in the foreground is the last few metres of the long route up from Tegernsee.
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20th May 2005: Spitzingsattel - Bodenschneid - Stumpfling - Spitzingsattel
Snow capped mountains from Bodenschneid A wonderful line of snow capped mountains to the east, whilst in the foreground is the last part of the track up the South East ridge to the summit.
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20th May 2005: Spitzingsattel - Bodenschneid - Stumpfling - Spitzingsattel
Looking back to Fischhausen-Neuhaus from Bodenschneid Path up to Brecherspitz with Krettenburg in the fireground
Left is the view back down to Fishhausen-Neuhaus, with the track up to Bodenschneidhaus visible. Right is the path up from Obere Firstalm to Brecherspitz, with the rocky Krettenburg in the foreground.
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20th May 2005: Spitzingsattel - Bodenschneid - Stumpfling - Spitzingsattel
Untere Firstalm and Obere Firstalm I descended from Bodenschneid to Suttenstein with a view to Untere Firstalm and Obere Firstalm. As it was early I took the short track to the top of the Stumpfling, (1506m): a somewhat inauspicious location marked only by a ski lift cabin. From there I returned via Untere Firstalm to Spitzingsee for the bus to Fischhausen-Neuhaus at the end of a very satisfying days hiking.
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21st May 2005: Spitzingsee - Rosskopf - Freudenreichalm - Fischhausen-Neuhaus
Start at Spitzingsee, 1085m
Highest point reached was 1580m, summit of Rosskopf.
Round distance circa 12 kms
Vertical altitude gain of circa 620m
Total time from start to finish of 7hrs 10 mins
Weather was mild and sunny.
I had planned a rest day for the third and middle day of my stay at Fischhausen-Neuhaus. But the forecast was still quite good for the 21st, but with cloud and rain due for the last two days of my trip. So I decided on a fairly gentle days hiking to encompass the green summit of the Rosskopf at 1580m.

I stayed on the 08.46 bus past Spitzingsattel to it's final destination of Spitzingsee, where the Brecherspitz was nicely reflected in the still waters of the lake, (right). I had hoped to climb the Brecherspitz during my trip, but Klaus, a German hiker staying in the same Gasthof, had not enjoyed a very long hike to the summit and back in very muddy and slippery conditions on my first day there. So I took the paved forest road downhill in the direction of Valepp, but only as far as the Albert-Link-Hutte: famous for it's cakes, but not for me this morning!
Brecherpitz reflection in the Spitzingsee
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21st May 2005: Spitzingsee - Rosskopf - Freudenreichalm - Fischhausen-Neuhaus continued
Valeppalm Forest road towards Haushameralm
It was a lovely morning to walk down into the Valeppalm, (left), with the Rothkopf at 1601m clearly in view. Before long the road entered the forest, (right), and started to climb, quite steeply at times on a surface that varied from good to quite rugged.
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Track approaching Haushameralm View back over Jägerkamp and Benzingspitz Track onto Grünseealm
Left, the track through Haushameralm. Top, looking back to the Jägerkamp and Benzingspitz. Below, the track up to Grünseealm
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Spitzingsee, Jägerkamp and other mountains
I missed the track past the Grünsee, and carried onto Grünseealm where a meadow path climbed the final metres to Rosskopf. The views were superb, (above, looking back on Spitzingsee), as was the hiking on this easy route. I had been entirely on my own since getting off the bus: amazing as it was fine Spring Saturday when many people from München would be walking in the area!
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21st May 2005: Spitzingsee - Rosskopf - Freudenreichalm - Fischhausen-Neuhaus continued
Grünsee Rosskopf summit cross
Left, the Grunsee was not green! The winter ice and snow had not yet melted. Right is the summit cross of the Rosskopf with the South East Ridge of the Bodenschneid behind.
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21st May 2005: Spitzingsee - Rosskopf - Freudenreichalm - Fischhausen-Neuhaus continued
Mountain view to the South
The clouds started to arrive as I was enjoying lunch on the summit, but they didn't spoil the view South into Austria.
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21st May 2005: Spitzingsee - Rosskopf - Freudenreichalm - Fischhausen-Neuhaus continued
Brecherspitz ridge
Feeling rested I decided to continue my hike to return via Stumplfing, the Untere and Obere Firstalms and then the Freudenreichalm rather than retrace my steps to Spitzingsee. But before leaving the summit I took in the view of the Brecherspitz South West Ridge.
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21st May 2005: Spitzingsee - Rosskopf - Freudenreichalm - Fischhausen-Neuhaus continued
Track down from Rosskopf to Stumpflinghaus Birds Eye View of untere Firstalm and Obere Firstalm
I may have had the route to the Rosskopf summit to myself, but I was going to have to share the next stage down to Stumpflinghaus, up to Stumpfling and onto Untere Firstalm and Obere Firstalm with a lot of other hikers. The track down was easy apart from one section where ice and mud made the going a little slippery, (lef), but that was soon overcome. The track went past the (closed at present), Stumpflinghaus and up to the top of the Stumpfling. That gave a very good view down on to Untere Firstalm and Obere Firstalm, (right), and all the various tracks that served the two busy huttes.
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21st May 2005: Spitzingsee - Rosskopf - Freudenreichalm - Fischhausen-Neuhaus continued
Track up to Obere Firstalm Freudenreichalm
Spring Flowers Spring Flowers
It was quite a steep track up to Obere Firstalm, (left), where I enjoyed a mineral water. Soon after leaving the track went down a steep rocky slope and the crowds were left behind. Freundenreichalm was below, (right), where another mineral water gave a short break, before heading on past Spring flowers into the Durnbachwald and Fischhausen-Neuhaus. A superb day's hiking!
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22nd May 2005: Tegernsee - Gindelalmschneid - Schliersee - Krainsberg - Fischhausen-Neuhaus
Start at Tegernsee Station 760m, Finish at Fischhausen-Neuhaus 800m
Highest point reached was 1335m, summit of Gindelalmschneid.
Round distance circa 16 kms
Vertical altitude gain of circa 820m
Total time from start to finish of 7hrs
Weather was dull and cloudy, with fog and mist above 900m.
The bad weather arrived as forecast. I waited after breakfast for a while as a heavy rain shower passed over, then started a hike out past the station with the intention of having a real rest day with just one small local summit in mind. But drawing close the the station then sun came out, so I changed my mind, got a ticket from the machine on the platform, and jumped onto the 09.24 in the direction of München. My ticket was to Tegernsee which meant a change of trains at Holzkirchen and only after my journey started did I realise I had not got the map for my very late decision route of the Tegernsee to Schliersee walk with me! Normally I would not hike into the mountains without a map. But this was a fairly low level route and one I had researched in some detail. There was a main path all the way across: a forest road in fact so the lack of a map didn't present a real problem.

Sadly the few seconds of sun at Fischhausen-Neuhaus was all I was to see as the forecast weather returned and had plunged Tegernsee into a mixture of gloom and mist as I left the train. The station is some way above the lake and the climb up via Neureuthaus started immediately at the station: not good for me as I am a very slow starter! But as expected there were plenty of signposts, although the times shown on them for the various destinations were so far out on occasions as to provide a source of amusement to me throughout my day long hike.
Signpost to Schliersee
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22nd May 2005: Tegernsee - Gindelalmschneid - Schliersee - Krainsberg - Fishhausen-Neuhaus continued
Tegernsee
For just a short while on the climb away from Tegernsee the lake and town, but not all the surrounding mountains, were visible before the forest road went into low cloud and poor visibility.
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22nd May 2005: Tegernsee - Gindelalmschneid - Schliersee - Krainsberg - Fishhausen-Neuhaus continued
Neureuth cow Neuereuthaus Forest track to Gindelalm

I slowly warmed up and settled to a steady pace in the dark forest: the grade was not hard. Nearing Neureuthaus the forest road ended and a narrow track crossed a foggy meadow with the lovely sounds of tinkling cow bells: one of whose owners came to investigate me, (left). Then I passed the large Hutte, (center), but didn't stop as my research had seen it reported as "large and impersonal", whilst the same report had felt the much smaller Gindelalm hutte a better location. So I continued to follow what had now again become a forest road, (right), noting that for around an hour of walking the signposts kept saying Schliersee was still 2 hours away! Despite the poor weather there were other walkers on the route. Had it been a sunny day I was later assured the route would have been very busy as it is a popular destination for the residents of München over a fine weekend. But the continuing fog and low cloud had kept the numbers down as the gravel forest road approached Gindelalm in advance of which I knew from memory there was a small track off to the right that would get me to the summit of the Gindelalmschneid.

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22nd May 2005: Tegernsee - Gindelalmschneid - Schliersee - Krainsberg - Fishhausen-Neuhaus continued
Track up to Gindelalmschneid Gindelalmschneid summit cross Gindelalm

The forest road emerged from the trees and in front I could see Gindelalm. Immediately on my right was a small track, (left), heading up to the top of the Gindelalmschneid. A short time late I was next to the very imposing cross on the top of Gindelalmschneid, (centre), but sadly unable to take in the views because of the continuing bad weather. The low cloud lifted long enough to catch a glimpse of Gindelam below, (right), where I planned to get a bowl of soup.

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22nd May 2005: Tegernsee - Gindelalmschneid - Schliersee - Krainsberg - Fishhausen-Neuhaus continued
Forest Road to Krainsberg Signpost to Krainsberg
The goulash soup at Gindelalm was excellent, after which I carried on along the quite steep descent on the forest track towards Schliersee. Approaching the town the track joined a paved road and on the edge of Schliersee I decided to climb back through the forest, (left), over the Krainsberg to Fischhausen-Neuhaus, rather than walk through the town to catch the train.
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22nd May 2005: Tegernsee - Gindelalmschneid - Schliersee - Krainsberg - Fishhausen-Neuhaus continued
Schliersee

I left the forest road and took a zig zag track down the side of the Krainsberg towards the Schliersee lake, but it was only on emerging from the forest much lower down did I get a view of the still water in the continuing dull day. From there a good path lead alongside the lake and then into Fischhausen-Neuhaus and my Gasthof where I ended what had been a quite long and pleasant hike, despite the poor weather.

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23nd May 2005: Fischhausen-Neuhaus - Auracher Köpferl - Taferlmoos - Schliersberg - Schliersee
Start at Fischhausen-Neuhaus, 800m, Finish at Schliersee 784m
Highest point reached was 1265m, summit of Schliersberg.
Round distance circa 16 kms
Vertical altitude gain of circa 700m
Total time from start to finish of 6hrs 30 mins
Weather was dull and cloudy, with very heavy rain for time.

This was the fifth and last day of my May trip to Fischhausen-Neuhaus and even though I had not taken a rest day I still set out for what I expected to be a quite easy ascent of a low local summit. I had chosen the Auracher Köpferl as it was just across the railway from the hotel, (photo right), and also had a short section from the South to the summit that was shown on the local Kompass map that covered the area, (008, Bayrischzell Schliersee 1:35000), as a "red" route, i.e only for experienced, (nur für Geübte).

Closer examination of the more detailed and more accurate 1:25000 Bayersiches Landesvermessungsamt München map "8237, Miesbach", had revealed that this part of the route probably had some steep rocky sections. So it seemed an interesting short hike for my last day especially as I could easily expect to get to the 1231m summit before forecast heavy rain arrived late in the morning, so could expect moderately dry underfoot conditions.



Auracher Köpferl

It was certainly preferable to trying to hike up a much higher summit where I could expect to be into the cloud base and therefore fog and mist for most of the time with potentially very slippery conditons once the heavy rain arrived. Even assuming I would have the energy on my fifth successive day of hiking to undertake a peak like the Brecherspitz or Breitenstein!

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23nd May 2005: Fischhausen-Neuhaus - Auracher Köpferl - Taferlmoos - Schliersberg - Schliersee
Sign to Auracher Köpferl Forest Road to Auracher Köpferl Geübte sign to Auracher Köpferl

The route first took me past the railway station then onto a well signed forest road with a good surface, (top left and centre). The efforts of the previous four days showed and I was very slow on the easy grade and in dull weather. But morale was raised when I passed something on the road moving even slower than me: photo right!

It took a while to get to the first summit in the road at just over the 1000m mark, where the sign, (top right), pointed at the harder route to the summit of the Auracher Köpferl 200m above me.

I overtook something!
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23nd May 2005: Fischhausen-Neuhaus - Auracher Köpferl - Taferlmoos - Schliersberg - Schliersee
Geübte route to Auracher Köpferl Geübte route to Auracher Köpferl

I mixed an Isotronic drink and set off to enjoy what soon became a rocky section that I needed to scramble up as it was steep, (above). That was about par for most of the climb. A wooded ridge, fairly narrow at times with on one occasion a very steep drop to one side that I needed to scamble up past to feel secure.

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23nd May 2005: Fischhausen-Neuhaus - Auracher Köpferl - Taferlmoos - Schliersberg - Schliersee
Geübte route to Auracher Köpferl Geübte route to Auracher Köpferl

My tiredness had gone and I thoroughly enjoyed the challenge of a route that I am sure more experienced hikers would never even bother about. But even in the low cloud and dull conditions I found it an invigorating, albeit short climb.

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23nd May 2005: Fischhausen-Neuhaus - Auracher Köpferl - Taferlmoos - Schliersberg - Schliersee
Auracher Köpferl summit One last effort and I was up next to the metal pole, (near the top left in above photo), that marked the Auracher Köpferl summit: without any views today as it was above the cloud base!
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23nd May 2005: Fischhausen-Neuhaus - Auracher Köpferl - Taferlmoos - Schliersberg - Schliersee
Forest signs near to  Auracher Köpferl Woodcutting activity

The path down the North side of the Köpferl was straightforward and led to a junction of several forest roads. A convenient bench allowed me to enjoy a lunch and then put on overtrousers as the forecast rain started to fall. I felt revived from my very tired start so decided to continue onto the Schliersberg in this commercially operated forest with it's fully signposted walks.

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23nd May 2005: Fischhausen-Neuhaus - Auracher Köpferl - Taferlmoos - Schliersberg - Schliersee

The forest road undulated to start with, then dropped down to near 1000m approaching Taferlmoos. Near here the forest road ended, replaced by a narrow track that lead up thorugh Dorrerluss and into the dark forest that was Zielmoos.

The rain was now heavy and with the grade getting steeper in the forest I managed to loose the path! But a combination of compass, detailed map and the knowledge that to top the Schliersberg I needed to climb at just West of North saw me through a half hour stumble in the dark forest and back onto a track I soon identified without difficulty. A short section on a forest road then onto a final track pointed me in the direction of the Rhonberg, (an alternative name for the Schliersberg). That got moderately steep and in torrential rain started to become very wet as I saw the small clearing with the summit cross for the Schliersberg, (Rhonberg).

With some difficutly I managed to take a photo of the cross and decided to continue quickly along the track, which was getting more and more like a fast flowing mountain stream. That soon joined a forest road that was coping with the downpour somewhat better, and after a couple of hours in dark the forest I soon emerged just by Schliersberg Alm, but without much of a view over the lake as the cloud base was still low.

Schliersberg summit
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23nd May 2005: Fischhausen-Neuhaus - Auracher Köpferl - Taferlmoos - Schliersberg - Schliersee
Schliersberg
Below Schiersberg Alm I dropped down below the cloud base and could see Schliersee. As the rain eased I got to the station for my train back to Fischhausen-Neuhaus, but just had time for a much deserved glass of Paulaner Weiss bier and a laberkase semmel in the Bahnhof Imbis before the train arrived.
May hikes from Fischhausen-Neuhaus summarised










May hikes from Fischhausen-Neuhaus summarised
Schliersee A view of Schliersee on a much better day, (June 13th), than when I stood at Schliersbergalm! Photo from the Local webcam . The peak to the extreme left is the Brecherspitz, under which on the valley floor is Fischhausen-Neuhaus where I stayed in the Gasthof Kögel. The mountain about a third of the way across from the left and set back is the Bodenschneid.
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May hikes from Fischhausen-Neuhaus continued
So ended five outstanding days of hiking. Not surprising when you look at the web cam picture on the previous page! Three days in very good weather, one on a dull but dry day, and one in heavy rain. I had somewhat surprised myself by hiking on all five days without seeming to need a full rest day. Although I was very tired indeed at the start of day five the invigorating climb up to the summit of the Auracher Köperfl had warmed me up nicely for the rest of that day.

All my walking had been in an area that offers an enormous range of hikes. For those who only want a wander without height gain there is the Schliersee lake to walk around. Small mountains and valleys that surround Fischhausen-Neuhaus give fairly short walks with height gains of between 200m and 450m. Then there are a very large number of opportunities for full day hikes with height gains from 800m to over 1000m.

So many opportunities for future hikes in fact, that on the day after I returned to the UK I booked flights and accommodation to return in September with Bobbie, my wife, for an eight day stay! And the Gasthof we have booked for September was the one I had stayed in during May, the Gasthof Kögel. which had proved to be an excellent choice which met all my needs, including an excellent restaurant, (closed Tuesdays).

The local buses and trains had proved reliable and very useful in getting to locations like Tegernsee, which allowed me to hike back to Fischhausen-Neuhaus. Or up to Spitzingsee to take advantage of starting 300m above the valley floor and an increased range of hikes. With the opportunity of either taking the bus back down to the valley, or of hiking back down through the lovely mountainous countryside.

For maps I relied a lot on the 1:25000 Topographische Karte 1:25000 "8337/8437 Josefsthal" from the Bayerisches Landesvermessungsamt München. In conjunction with this I used the KOMPASS Wander- und Radtourenkarte 008 "Bayrischzell Schliersee". A 1:35000 map that was good for planning, but not always fully accurate. The latter series of maps are usually available in the UK from Stanfords Maps On-Line. The 1:25000 Topographische Karte maps are not as easy to get, but a friend in Germany obtains them for me from Hugendubel .
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