16th October 2005: Grainau - Höllentalklamm - Hupfleitenjoch - Schwarzenkopf - Kreuzeck

Start at Grainau, circa 740m, Finish at Kreuzeck, 1650m
Highest point was 1819m, summit of Schwarzenkopf.
Round distance circa 16 kms
Vertical altitude gain of circa 1250m
Total time from start to finish of 6 hrs
Frost then cool and sunny, shade in Klamm.


A third rest day was partly spent trying to decide what to do on my last day! I really wanted to summit the Alpspitze and had virtually decided I would do this just from the Bergstation of the Osterfelderkopf cable car. But closer examination of my two 1:25000 maps did show that the contour lines on my chosen East ridge route were closer together than anything else I had yet encountered. I didn't want to turnback on my last day when my energy ran out because of the steepness over a loose surface. So I decided to hike into the same wonderful Alpine area, and from the valley floor: but going from Grainau through the Höllentalklamm, (gorge), and up the steep and rocky track that climbs to the Hupfleitenjoch. Then onto the Schwarzenkopf summit. So one of the local buses left me in the center of Garmisch-Partenkirchen where I picked up the White/Blue Eibseebus, (different bus stop to the town buses!), which dropped me at Grainau quite early, and in sight of the Alpspitze, Osterfelderkopf, and lower down to the left my chosen summit.
Hollentalklamm
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Autumn in the Höllentalklamm Hiking was easy to start with, with a few undulations but mainly just a steady and fairly gentle climb. With the view behind me showing that Autumn had certainly arrived in the Höllentalklamm. It was to be another lovely sunny day, but in the deep gorge I knew it would be a few hours before I climbed out of the cool shade into the warm sunshine.
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Höllentalklamm Höllentalklamm
The downside of the long period of dry weather I was enjoying was that I could not expect a torrent of water rushing through the Höllentalklamm!
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Höllentalklamm Höllentalklamm
The small entry fee was still worth it, (1 Euro for DAV members, otherwise 2.50), as I walked through a series of tunnels and narrow tracks.
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Höllentalklamm Höllentalklamm
One high waterfall was puring it's contents into the Klamm, but I was soon past that and emerging into the next phase of my hike.
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Schwarzenkopf Path signs
The track climbed more steeply, heading South West which meant I was walking away from my Schwarzenkopf destination, (center left), but near the Höllentalanger Hutte the path turned sharply back to the East.
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Track to Schwarzenkopf Now I was heading directly to my chosen summit, still a long way above me, and on a path that started to get exposed in places. Higher up, near to the right are the Knappenhauser that my track was to pass through, behind which is the steep climb up to the Hupfleitenjoch saddle.
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Track to Schwarzenkopf Track from Höllentalklamm
The track undulated a little, and became more exposed, (left), and by looking slightly further to the North the track I had already used could be seen some way below me.
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Track to Hupfleitenjoch and Schwarzenkopf
Track to Hupfleitenjoch and Schwarzenkopf
Track to Hupfleitenjoch and Schwarzenkopf
At times very rocky, the track did sometimes have just a few short easy sections, (right).
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Track to Hupfleitenjoch and Schwarzenkopf from Knappenhauser
Approaching the old Knappenhauser, (miners houses), the view back confirmed the height gain already made. The track up can easily be seen both sides of the Klamm.
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Zugspitze from Knappenhauser
But the best view was looking up: at the mighty Zugspitze and it's Northern glacier.
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Track to Hupfleitenjoch above Knappenhauser
Above the Knappenhauser the track continued it's rugged way, but with the Hupfleitenjoch saddle now close.
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Track to Hupfleitenjoch above Knappenhauser
Looking back the way I had climbed the Knappenhauser stood out clearly, but the sun was now making evenly exposed photography impossible: such was the contrast difference in parts of the gorge.
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View North from  Hupfleitenjoch
Reaching the saddle it was clear looking North that the weather was going to change. Still warm and sunny here, but low cloud and fog out towards München. But the nearby mountains were in sunshine with the Kramerspitze extreme left, and with the bulky Wank right, behind which are the Hoher Fricken, Bishof and Krottenkopf.
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Schwarzenkopf Summit
A light scramble in a few places and I was on the summit of the Schwarzenkopf: behind the lightweight summit cross is the Waxenstein, and left the Zugspitze.
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Zugspitze
But from here, and even with the Bergl, (center) and the Riffelköpfe, (right), It was the Zugspitze that dominated the view. Leaving me with the thought that before I can even consider hiking/climbing to the top of "Germany's Highest" I have first to return and succeed with the Alpspitze and a few more harder hikes.
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Path signs near to Kreuzeck Kreuzeck Summit CrossTrack
I left the summit and briefly went up to Schwarzenkopf's second peak, before reluctantly heading down from this Alpine Wonderland, past the collection of signposts near Bergstation Kreuzeck, then to the summit cross of the Kreuzeck. Having reached this summit today from the valley floor I felt it time to photo the cross and add it to my "summit list": making it twelve summits for my superb nine day trip. I celebrated my trip with a wheat bier and a bowl of goulash soup, before taking the cable car back to the valley, and my buses back to Farchant.
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Celebration in Gasthof Alter Wirt at Farchant
I expected a quiet last evening for this trip back at the Gasthof Alter Wirt in Farchant. But no! I was soon joined by this large group of local villagers celebration a religous festival weekend. And such is the hospitality of the Bavarian people that I stayed and enjoyed a most wonderful evening of fun and bier drinking. But such is the quality of German bier there was not the slightest sign of a headache in the morning: just sadness at leaving such a wonderful hiking area.
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Key to Route Descriptions
Throughout this web site I have tried to adopt a consistent approach to the way I show the summarised hike details in the blue text table shown at the start of each hike. Below is an explanation of how the various parts of that text table are arrived at.

Start and Finish
The main locations, usually a village or nearest village, from where the hike is started and ended. The altitude of the start and finish taken by comparing my exact starting point with the appropriate contour line or printed height from the relevant Topographische Kart 1:25000, Bayersisches Landesvermessungsamt München map.

Round distance in kms
The total distance actually hiked. Includes any "excursions" off the main route. The kms shown are a very broad estimate only. I have yet to find a way of getting anything like an accurate distance for my hikes even using the 1:25000 maps. Frequent zig zags and height gains and undulations are the main problems to deal with!

Vertical altitude gain
Not the height difference between the starting point and the highest point reached. It is an estimate of the total metres I have ascended during the hike. It will include all significant undulations and all "excursions" off the main route. Using the detailed 1:25000 maps as above, it is possible with a little care and effort to get quite close to an accurate figure.

Total time from start to finish
Time from my gasthof back to my gasthof after the hike if no public transport is involved. Or from leaving a bus stop or railway station and back to a bus stop or railway station at the end of the hike. Includes all breaks. My ascent rate is slow, never more than about 300 metres per hour, so most other people would complete the hikes quicker. I often complete a hike with no stop lasting longer than a few minutes, but picnic stops and visits to huttes taking longer than that will be mentioned in the text.

Weather
A broad description of the weather conditions during that hike. Any temperatures usually taken from the nearest weather recording site that I can find, (done on my return to England), or from local TV reports.
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