The Hohe Rad is certainly not the most prominent peak of the Silvretta region, even below the 3000m threshold important to all the peakbaggers out there. However, it offers a fun climb, sports an impressive cross at the top, and offers an excellent panoramic view of "classic peaks" such as the Piz Buin and the Silvrettahorn
The Hohes Rad is situated on the eastern side of the Silvrettasee (2032 m), near Bieler Höhe.
It is free to climb. To come to Bielerhöhe by car, you must go over the Silvrettahochalpenstrasse where you have pay a road toll . There is a large parking at Bielerhöhe.
When To Climb
Best to climb in summer. In the early summer there can be too much snow to go to the Radschulter.
Wiesbadener Hütte (2443 m)
The Wiesbadenener hut is situated at the end of the Ochsental on the eastern flank.
It is the basis for the ascension of such mountains as Piz Buin, Silvrettahorn, Schneeglocke and Schattenspitze. More information here.
Camping is not allowed.
Best look for the weather in Galtür or Partenen. These are the two closest villages.
1. From Bielerhöhe.
Up to 2500 m it is an easy path. Then comes a large snowfield that normally is crossed up to the Radschulter (2697 m). It is also possible to go trough the loose rocks on the left side of the snowfield.From the Radschulter it is just 200 m of scrambling to the summitcross.
2. From Wiesbadener Hut
Perfect afternoon stroll if you stay at Wiesbadener Hut in order to climb Piz Buin the next day.
Marked path (easy) to Radschulter via Radsee (lake) and Radsattel (saddle), a little scrambling to the top (see above)
The Silvretta Hochalpenstraße (high alps road) connects the Paznaun and Montafon valley. The pass is the Bieler Höhe, starting point for lots of trips in the Silvretta (Piz Buin etc.).
The Paznaun valley (Ischgl, Galtür) is a side valley from the Inn valley (branches of at Landeck).
No. 26 DAV-Alpenvereinskarte "Silvretta" (1:25000)
Günther Flaig, Silvretta, Alpenvereinsführer, 11th ed., 1996
Route description in German
- Tourreport "Hohes Rad" (german)
Report from www.gipfelstuermerin.de of a tour in July 2003.