Well Höllkopf (engl. "hell-head") is neither from hell nor a very spectacular mountain if you look at its shape. The pros of it is a phantastic panorama and quite easy access and ascent. On the other hand the altitude difference of about 1200m/3937ft shouldn' t be underestimated. The ascent can be shortened by the Marienbergjoch cable car (starting in Biberwier) to about 500m/1640ft, which makes the mountain interresting for families with children.
I think most of the ascents of this mountain are "short-visits" if you' re in the area, because in summer it is no real alpinistic goal to go for. But in winter it offers a nice ski-tour. The mountain is an easy hike summer, but doing the trip in winter is quite dangerous if avalanche danger is high. Check the avalanche situation with the link in the mountain conditions section below.
Not depending on which way you have chosen to get up there, you are rewarded with splendid views. To the north the impressive south walls of Grünstein (2661m/8730ft) and Griesspitze (2741m/8993ft) catch your eyes. Lechtal Alps cover the west and the south is build by the glaciers of Stubai Alps and Öztal Alps. To the east you have a beautiful view to the Karwendel and the Inntal.
Maps and routes overview
- KOMPASS #5 - Wettersteingebirge Zugspitzgebiet
Good overview map of the hole Wetterstein/Mieming Range area. For hiking porpuses this map is sufficient (scale 1:50000). The map can be bought at www.amazon.de or at KOMPASS.
- Alpenvereinskarte 4/1 Wetterstein- und Mieminger Gebirge, West
More detailed map (1:25000) of the western part of Wetterstein/Mieming Range area.
- From Biberwier via Marienbergjoch
Trailhead is the valley station of the ski area Biberwier-Marienbergjoch. The Barberasteig starts there and leads up to Marienbergjoch (1789m/5870ft). From there trail #29 turns left (east) and leads up Hölltörl (2126m/6975ft). Choose a way up the summit slopes of Höllkopf since I haven' t seen a marked trial or something like that.
- From Nassereith
Trailhead is the parking lot at Forsthaus Arzkasten (1151m/3776ft). From there you have two options. The first one is to ascent trail #812 via Lehnberghaus to the Hölltrörl. The other one is to follow trail #27A to Marienbergjoch.
- From Coburger hut
There are several ways to get to Coburger hut (see the hut-page for details). From Coburger hut you have to ascent to Grünsteinscharte and descent Höllreise (trail #812). Watch out for trail #29, which seperates from trail #812, leading up to Hölltörl (2126m / 6975ft), which is at the bottom of the summit slopes of Höllopf.
|By car:||The best trailhead for Höllkopf is Biberwier. This city close to Ehrwald is easily reached by car. In general you have three possibilities to get there. The first one is from Garmisch-Partenkirchen (Germany) via road #187 / #24. The other access from Germany is from Füssen via Reutte (road #314). The third option is to use the Fernpass (road #314) which connects the area of Ehrwald with Nassereith and the Inntal and its highway to Innsbruck.|
|By train:||There is a trainstation in Ehrwald with train connections to Garmisch-Partenkirchen (Germany) and Schongau (Germany) via Reutte (Austria). If you intend to get to Höllkopf by train, you should either consider taking a bicycle with you or ascent via Grünsteinscharte. The route via Schwärzkar is easy to reach from the train station in Ehrwald -simply follow the street to Ehrwalder Almbahn and from there a trail called "Hoher Gang" leads up to Seebensee and further up to Coburger hut. Biberwier, the trailhead for the southern slopes can be reached by bus, but it only drives on strange times. Because Biberwier is not more than 6km away I would recommend to drive this distance by bicycle.|
For more information about the train connections visit either DBahn homepage (german trains) or OEBB homepage (austrian trains).
Precise, but sometimes inaccurate weather forecast for Ehrwald (about 5km from Biberwier).
Not as detailed as the link above, but quite accurate forecasts.
- OEAV weather forecast
Weather forecast especially for mountaineering porpuses. Unfortunately this page is available in german only.
- Avalanche report (Tyrol/Austria)
As noted before, this german internet page offers the current avalanche report for Tyrol.
|Webcam of Wannig. Wannig is the closest mountain to the west of Höllklopf (just west of Marienbergjoch).|
There are no permits, fees or seasonal closures.
Parking at the trailhead in Biberwier is free. There is a parking lot at the chairlift. Additionally parking in Ehrwald at the "Ehrwalder Alm Bahn" is free, too. I don' t know if parking at the parking lot of Forsthaus Arzkasten is free.
Ehrwald is a touristic area with tons of hotels and places to stay. For more information visit the multilangual homepage of the area. Garmisch-Partenkirchen isn' t far away as well, which offers even more hotels.
The only place to stay at the mountain is Coburger hut or Lehnberghaus (open from May-October). From Coburger hut you have to ascent to Grünsteinscharte and descent Höllreise (trail #812). Watch out for trail #29, which seperates from trail #812, leading up to Hölltörl (2126m / 6975ft), which is at the bottom of the summit slopes of Höllopf.
I think camping on the mountain is not forbidden, since it is no nature reservation area. Between Marienbergjoch and Hölltörl I' ve seen several cool spots to bitch a tent. If you camp there, please leave only footprints.
When to climb
Höllkopf can be climbed all the year. I think in summer this peak is quite popular, but in winter I think you' re mostly alone. If you intend to ascent Höllkopf in winter, please take care of avalanches, since the final summit slopes are quite steep (>25°). Unfortunately the avalanche report of Tyrol is available in german only.