OverviewThis route keeps you away from all the busy tourist traffic generated by the Hausberg and Kreuzeck Cable cars and their associated huttes. It combines walking though woods lower down, a lovely section through a steep sided gorge, (with tunnels in places for the path), and then climbs along a rocky and exposed ledge. After going through the steep gorge there are many views up to the Zugpsitze and it's glacier.
Getting ThereTake the Zugspitzbahn narrow gauge railway train from Garmisch-Partenkirchen to Hammersbach "halt". You will need to ask the train staff to stop there, (make your request before the train leaves Garmisch-Partenkirchen).
Catch the Weisse Blaue bus from outside Garmisch-Partenkirchen railway station to Hammersbach.
Drive to the hikers car park just North of Hammersbach narrow gauge railway "halt".
For fuller details please see "Getting There" on the main page for this mountain.
Route DescriptionFrom the Zugspitzbahn narrow gauge railway halt, (not really recognisable as a station), cross the railway to the South and head along a road for a very short distance to the SW before the start of the forest track that heads South/South West, signposted to the Höllentalklamm. If coming from the hikers car park further West, cross the narrow gauge railway and head along the tarmac road South East for a short distance to the start of that marked track to the Höllentalklamm.
There should be a sign as you leave the tarmac road saying whether the Höllentalklamm is open or shut. If it's shut stay on the Westerly of two tracks that lead to the Klamm. You will need to leave this track onto the Stangensteig before the entrance hutte to the Klamm. This track, which heads upwards and goes above the gorge, crosses it by a high level narrow footbridge before descending and rejoining the main track some way South of the closed Höllentalklamm. If you get to the closed Klamm without seeing the Stangensteig track, there is a sign there pointing towards it.
If the Höllentalklamm is open, (small fee payable), follow the track though, some of which is in short tunnels.
Once through the Klamm keep heading generally WSW, becoming SW until just past the Höllentalanger Hutte at 1381m. At a junction there the track turn sharply back to the E/NE next to a sign with a number of different destinations on it. Follow the track that goes to Hupfleitenjoch and Kreuzeckhaus: the other tracks go to the Alpspitze and Zugspitze.
Once on the track up to the Hupfleitenjoch it's very difficult to leave it! Apart for some short sections most of it has a rock cliff to one side and, in places, a quite exposed drop to the other side. It is from here you can look up and see the Schwarzenkopf above you.
Maybe half way up from the Höllentalanger hutte you will get to and pass the white Knappenhauser, (old miners houses). After here the track continues with wire ropes set into the cliffs for the more exposed sections. The grade gets quite steep near to the Hupfleitenjoch saddle and some wooden ladders help across some uneven ground.
At Hupfleitenjoch ignore the track that descends from the saddle, but take the small track that heads though some dwarf pines onto some small rocks to the North. This is the track up to the summit of the Schwarzenkopf, and may need just a little scrambling over just a metre or two for some. Follow the track up though the dwarf pines to the modest summit cross and the lovely views in most directions: weather permitting!