OverviewThe Jubiläumsgrat is a very imposant, long and exposed ridge with a length of more than 6 km. It combines the Zugspitze (2962m) and the Alpspitze (2620m). Although in summary, the ridge goes down from the Zugspitze to the Alpspitze, in between the ascents and descents change continously. Therefore in the direction from the Zugspitze to the Alpspitze, you go up more than 500 hm and down more than 800 hm. You pass many different mountain summits: Innere Höllentalspitze (2737m), Mittlere Höllentalspitze (2740m), Äußere Höllentalspitze (2716m), Vollkarspitze (2630m). Between the Mittlere and the Äußere Höllentalspitze (about in the middle of the ridge) is a bivouac hut (Höllentalgrathütte, 2684m) with 4 beds (but not really with blankets). In the direction from the Zugspitze, you follow simply the ridge all the time. You have to leave it finally after having passed the Vollkarspitze with NE-direction to the Griesskarsscharte (2465m). It is a traverse from the ridge from the Vollkarspitze to the ridge which leads to the Alpspitze. From this point it goes up again to the Alpspitze always just on the ridge.
The Jubiläumsgrat is not really a climbing track although it has some ladders, bolts and fixed ropes. But you should be able to climb exposed passages without any aid. Especially in winter you need high alpine experiences in order to climb this ridge. You can compare the difficulty with ridges of II (without aid). After some rockfalls near the Vollkarspitze, the difficulty of one passage over there has been estimated to be IV to V (without fixed ropes).
In sommer, the Jubiläumsgrat is climbed frequently. But during winter, only a few persons go this ridge. Then it could happen, that you are alone on the ridge.
Red tapeNormally, the Jubiläumsgrat is kind of closed during winter. At least the gate from the cable car station to the Jubiläumsgrat is closed. But nobody really cares about this. You can climb over this closed gate.
But any way between the Osterfelder Kopf and the Hochalm on foot is definitely officially closed. And it could be that people care about this ban.
When to climb
Mountain Conditions and General InformationWeather- and snowconditions, information about open or closed cable cars, telefonnumbers, webcam:
- GPS-Data Jubiläumsgrat
- Bergwacht Zugspitze: 0049/8821/921289
- Zugspitzbahn: 0049/8821/9210
- Kreuzeckhaus: 0049/88212202
- Kreuzeckbahn: 0049/8821/797860
- Alpspitzbahn: 0049/8821/797851
- Touristinfos Garmisch: 0049/8821/180700
Bed and BreakfastIn Grainau and Garmisch you can find a lot of possibilities for bed and breakfast which are quite cheap (15 Euro):
- 1:25000 no.: 4/2 (Wetterstein- und Mieminger Gebirge. Mittleres Blatt)
(at present out of print)
Books1. Climbing books
2. Wonderful Photos
- Klettersteig Zugspitze
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