GERMAN HILL AND MOUNTAIN HIKING

1st March: Garmish-P'kirchen - (c/car) Hausberg - Kreuzjoch - Kreuzeck - Hausberg (c/car) - GAP

Start/Finish near Garmisch-Partenkirchen 700m

Highest point: circa 1715m, near top of Kreuzeck

Distance: circa 12 kms

Weather: Dull, snow showers, deep snow above 1650m

Vertical altitude gain: circa 600m

Time: 5 hrs 30 mins, mostly on snowshoes

Hausbergbahn

The valley at Frachant, where I was staying in the ever good Hotel-Gasthof Alter Wirt, was to see a mild day on March 1st, with most of the lower lying snow on the North facing slopes above Garmisch-Partenkirchen melted. I wanted to have another day on snowshoes, so decided to walk the short distance from Garmisch-Partenkirchen to the valley station of the Hausbergbahn cable car, and catch a ride up to the snows at over 1300m.

That worked well and got me onto the still lying snow around the Hausberg at around 1320m up, saving a walk up on mainly snowless tracks with a not so good view on what was to be a fairly dull day with occasional snow showers higher up. From the Hausbergbahn top station I used same route that I had followed on the 27th February, with maybe a bit less snow near Hausberg, and a bit more as I ascended up past Trögeln Hutte and towards the Kreuz Alm.

1st March: Garmish-Partenkirchen - (c/car) Hausberg - Kreuzjoch - Kreuzeck - Hausberg (c/car) - GAP Kreuzjoch

I followed the same route as two days earlier until near to Kreuz Alm, with the Kreuzjoch standing out behind. Then it was a quite steep track and deep but well packed snow up to the summit area of this small mountain.

1st March: Garmish-Partenkirchen - (c/car) Hausberg - Kreuzjoch - Kreuzeck - Hausberg (c/car) - GAP Kreuzjoch Kreuzeck

The summit area, (cross left), is the start of the Kandahar ski run, used in the World Cup the previous weekend. I spent some time snowshoeing some deep and steep snow away from the tracks, before retracing my steps to Hausberg via Kreuzeck (right).

1st March: Garmish-Partenkirchen - (c/car) Hausberg - Kreuzjoch - Kreuzeck - Hausberg (c/car) - GAP Snowshoeing up to Kreuzjoch Berghaus Freeflow 25 with snowshoes etc

It had been a short day, but the weather had not been that bright, and I had spent all my time after Hausberg on snowshoes, (left reaching the Kreuzjoch summit area). Which strapped nicely onto my Berghause Freeflow 25 rucksac, (complete with Leki poles), when back at the cable car station, prior to my lift back down to the valley.