22nd February: Neuhaus - Durnbachwald - Neuhaus - (Auracher Kopferl) - Neuhaus - Fischhausen - Neuhaus
Start/Finish at Neuhaus 800m
Highest point reached was circa 1040m on track to Auracher Kopferl
Round distance circa 15 kms
Vertical altitude gain of circa 400 m
Total time from start to finish of 5hrs 20 mins
Weather was cold with low cloud, fog and mist all day. Deep snow.
We were planning our hikes to start and stay mainly get higher up where the snows were good and powdery, as the mild weather, coming to an end on the Tuesday, had left the valley snow deep but a bit tired looking. And I do prefer my winter photos if the trees have got snow on them!

But the Tuesday weather looked like the heavy cloud and fog would continue to obscure the mountain tops so we decided to walk up through the Durnbachwald to Bodenschneidhaus. I had confirmed that they were open all winter: the track up was kept ploughed for use as a Rodelbahn, (toboggan run). So in prospect was a steady hike up in increasingly good snowy conditions with a large bowl of gulasch soup waiting at the top.

All was well walking away from our Gasthof and through Neuhaus. Past the walkers car park signpost, where the sign showed that even in the valley and after a mild spell the snow was deep: if not crisp and even.
Durnbachwald signpost
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Bodenschneidhaus closed Avalanche warning
We got to where the forest track started and were surprised to see it hadn't been ploughed. But it was just walkable so on we went, passing a sign stating that Bodenschneidhaus was shut until Easter, and one warning of avalanches.
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Avalanche And sure enough there was an avalanche! Blocking the track and with few ski tracks on it probably quite recent. And this was in a forest where my research said that routes were safe. Not so! This one had come down a narrow gulley and had covered the track to quite a depth. Back to Neuhaus for us.
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Auracher Köpferl track Brodführer weg
Thinking quickly I decided we would go through Neuhaus and then see if we could get up towards the Auracher Köpferl, the other side of the valley. That track had seen a forest vehicleon it at some stage so we walked for a while in it's tracks. They ended but someone had walked further, so we used their tracks. Then we had just virgin snow! And very deep. Snow shoes were back at the Gasthof, so I took the lead and trail blazed for quite a while. But in the end it became too hard work for the distamce we were going, so back we went to the valley and took the Brodführer weg back to Neuhaus.
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BOB train to München The weather was bad with no chance of any decent photos today, but we were enjoying our time in the deep snow, and I even managed to sneak a photo of the hourly BOB train service that runs from München to Bayrischzell.
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I had hoped that the barely used tracks across the meadow and back into Neuhaus would have benefited from the mild weather and seen a significant reduction in snow depth. No such luck! But it was fun slogging through the deep snow, with the village slowly getting closer, and with Bobbie behind carefully trying to get the best use of my tracks!

We got back into the village and walked on through and down to Fischhausen nearer the big frozen lake that is the Schliersee. But that was unphotographable in the dull cold and foggy afternoon, so we decided to let the dull weather win the day.

So it was back to the Gasthof for a shower, a rest, a burst of the Winter Olympics on TV in sunny Italy and a superb evening meal washed down by a couple of locally brewed wheat biers.
Neuhaus Meadow
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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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