Die Schneid or Schneidspitze (2009 m) is by far not one of the prominent summits of Tannheimer Berge within Allgäu ranges. But this minor summit has its own appeals. Situated south of the dominating Gehrenspitze and Köllenspitze the meadow overgrown green and brown Schneid is clearly separated from the grey and white limestone main summits of Tannheimer Berge.
Schneid means blade and that is what this mountain looks like when viewed from east or west. It is a sharp east - west running ridge with a steep north and south face; the south ridge being not very prominent. To the east, west and south there are three cols: Seebachjoch to the west, Gehrenjoch to the north and Hochjoch to the south. These cols are the starting points for three short trails to the summit.
In summer the meadows of Schneid and its surroundings are full of splendid wildflowers, sometimes also very rare examples among them. The views to the south, west and east are excellent, only to the north the dominating main summits of Tannheimer Berge are obstructing the outlook. But the steep, towering limestone walls of Köllenspitze and Gehrenspitze are a spectacular compensation for this minor obstruction.
If you summit Köllenspitze or Gehrenspitze starting from the Reutte valley, Schneid can easily be bagged with these main summits. I made the short but very enjoyable traverse of Schneid from west to east on my way back to Reutte, coming from Köllenspitze summit. I was astonished how nice this minor summit is and I only can say that this mountain is worth a hike or a short detour on a longer trip.
The main trailheads for Schneid are
Reutte - Wängle
Musau / Saba
You reach Reutte
On the west side of the road number 198 - bridge across river Lech a road branches off (number L259) to Wängle. At Wängle park your car at the cable car parking area.
You reach Nesselwängle
You reach Musau / Saba
Routes OverviewReutte - Wängle trailhead
Musau / Saba trailhead
Red Tape & Accommodation
There are - as far as I know - no restrictions in this area.
Lechtal valley and Reutte with its surroundings have all kind of accomodation:
Nesselwängle / Tannheimer Tal
Gimpelhaus (private alpine hut)
Tannheimer Hütte (alpine club hut)
Otto-Mayr-Hütte (alpine club hut)
Gear & Mountain ConditionFor Schneid you need normal hiking gear and good shoes.
Schneid is a summer and autumn hiking summit. The trails are narrow and sometimes running along the sharp and steep ridge crest. The western trail needs some easy rock scramble in steep rocky meadows. When wet the trails and rocks can be very slippery and a bit more difficult than with dry conditions.
Map & Guide BookMap
Alpenvereinskarte Bayerische Alpen, scale 1 : 25.000, BY 5: Tannheimer Berge, Köllenspitze, Gaishorn, with trails and ski tour routes; 1st edition 2012; Deutscher Alpenverein and Landesamt für Vermessung und Geoinformation Bayern
UK 50-48, scale 1 : 50.000, Landesamt für Vermessung und Geoinformation Bayern: Allgäuer Alpen - südl. Auerbergland - Tannheimer Tal;
Dieter Seibert: Allgäuer Alpen und Ammergauer Alpen - alpin; Alpenvereinsführer Bergverlag Rother, München, 2008