23nd February: Hausham - Rainer Berg - Huberspitz - Hausham
Start/Finish at Hausham 760m
Highest point reached was circa 1170m on summit of Rainer Berg
Round distance circa 12 kms
Vertical altitude gain of circa 480 m
Total time from start to finish of 5hrs 15 mins
Weather was cold with low cloud, fog and mist all day. Icy lower down then deep snow.
Snowshoes just for final metres to Rainer Berg summit
The forecast for the 23rd was not good, so we again planned a hike up from the valley to avoid going too high in the mountains and being engulfed in the cloud and freezing fog which looked like it would not be confined to just the lower levels.

So with virtually all the known walks out of the valley at Neuhaus to higher parts probably blocked with avalanche and/or deep snow we took the 09.24 BOB train a couple of stops towards München, getting off at the small town of Hausham to try our luck there.

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23nd February: Hausham - Rainer Berg - Huberspitz - Hausham continued
From the station the route dropped to it's low point over the fast flowing river before we started up to our modest twin goals of Rainer Berg and Huberspitz in the hope that the route had been kept opened as expected. And as expected the weather ws not good, so we knew we were in for another dull but still enjoyable day in this lovely hiking area.

Thankfully the track up to at least the hutte on Huberspitz looked like it would be open, albeit very icy in places which meant getting on crampons before too long. The mild spell had melted the surface snow and turned the route into an excellent Rodelbahn, (toboggan run), although we didn't see anyone dragging their toboggans up until we were well on our way back.

Not long after Hausham there was an interesting Crucifx display by the roadside, part showing a map of Germany and countries to the East in 1945.
Track to Huberspitz Track to Huberspitz
23nd Feb hike continued

23nd February: Hausham - Rainer Berg - Huberspitz - Hausham continued
Track to Huberspitz It wasn't long before the trees stated to show a light coating of ice from the freezing fog, taking away some of the darkness from an otherwise very gloomy day.
23nd Feb hike continued

23nd February: Hausham - Rainer Berg - Huberspitz - Hausham continued
Bobbie on track to Rainer Berg Bobbie on track to Rainer Berg
Above Huberspitz the cleared track gave way to the path through to Gindelalm and onto Tegernsee. Thankfully it was quite well used so we could walk on the well compacted track in the deep snow, meaning we had a fairly easy route up to our goal for the day: the small forested summit of the Rainer Berg.
23nd Feb hike continued

23nd February: Hausham - Rainer Berg - Huberspitz - Hausham continued
Bryan snowshoeing on  Rainer Berg Huberspitz
To find the unmarked summit a lot time was spent studying our 1:25000 map to be certain, and as the snow leading to the peak wasn't that secure I needed snow shoes to get to the top. The Huberspitz was easier to find on the return, a little way further on from what is the site of the former "summit cross.
23nd Feb hike continued

23nd February: Hausham - Rainer Berg - Huberspitz - Hausham continued

Rather than call in at the Huberspitz Hutte we decided to head on back down to Hausham, happy we that we had probably made the best of a day of dull weather. Two very modest summits and very limited photo oportunities, but some good hiking on ice and then on powder snow.

While waiting for train we had a chance to see one of the really good local special offers from BOB. Unlimited travel on their hourly services from Tegernsee, Lenggries and Bayrischzell to München, and use of the central part of the S bahn.

Just 19 Euros in total for up to five people travelling together, (13 Euros if travelling on your own), and valid after 09.00 weekdays and all days at weekends! Tickets from the machines on the platform, (quite easy to use), always remembering to validate the ticket, (like all BOB tickets), before joining a train by getting it stamped in the validator attached to the ticket machines.
BOB ticket information
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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.

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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