Together with the neighbouring Pfeiserspitze and Wildangerspitze, Lattenspitze is a rather unknown summit in the Inntal group of Karwendel range. This lonely summit stands high above Inntal to the south and Halltal to the north, thus dividing these two valleys.
When tackled from Inntal you have to overcome about 1.600 m / 1.700 m of altitude difference to reach this summit. Steep rock and meadow slopes designate the summit and the east and west ridge, when viewed from Inntal valley ground. From Halltal or the northern Halltal summits, Lattenspitze has a much more spectacular appearance: a nearly perpendicular north face, composed of vertical limestone beds looking like huge staples of latches, which obviously gave this mountain its denomination.
The ascent and traverse of this summit is rather easy and worthwhile. You will meet few people, most locals, and you will have excellent looks to the south and into the southern parts of Halltal Karwendel. The full traverse with Wildangerspitze and Pfeiser Spitze is a great outing with a little Via Ferrata, some easy rock scramble and some airy parts on the ridges.
If you want to stay overnight at Pfeishütte, the nearest alpine club hut, the Lattenspitze traverse from Halltal or Inntal trailheads to this hut can be a more than satisfying start for an interesting stay in the region.
Main trailheads for Lattenspitze are
You reach Halltal
Halltal trailhead; Important note:
Halltal / Ißbrücke is the very last (and huge) parking area along the Halltal road.
Actually (2012) the Halltal toll road from Absam into Halltal valley is completely closed for public traffic due to some severe rockslides in the last years.
At the beginning of the valley there is a new parking area for hikers. All Halltal ascents start at this parking area. Add 1 to 1,5 hours to your ascents from the former Halltal parking lots.
There is a cab shuttle service available which costs between 25,-- and 30,-- €, one way!. See www.absam.at for this service.
The village of Absam intends to find a solution to reopen the road. However, actual plans are too expensive. Hopefully there will be a solution in the near future.
Parking area at the end of Stollenstraße. Proceed uphill on that road until you reach the parking area on your left. You reach Thaur by using road number L 372 from Innsbruck or from Absam above Hall.
Pfeishütte is an alpine club hut located in the uppermost Gleirsch valley / Samertal valley. You reach Pfeishütte:
From Halltal / Ißbrücke trailhead follow the forest road in western direction to Herrenhäuser. Choose trail number 218 to Törl. Alternatively follow the forest road from Herrenhäuser to Issjöchl. Follow trail number 221 in the direction to Stempeljoch. After some 100 meters take the left hand trail at a trail junction and traverse the Wildangerspitze east slopes up to Törl.
At Törl follow the trail in western direction which zigzags up the east ridge of Wildangerspitze and Lattenspitze until you reach the summit.
From the Thaur trailhead follow the marked route up to Thaurer Alm which in its lower parts bypasses the forest road switchbacks and follows the forest road in its upper parts.
At the last switchback in front of Thaurer Alm leave the forest road to the right and follow the trail number 218 up to Törl, first traversing the steep south slopes of Lattenspitze then following the red-white-red marks off trail, ascending the meadow valley between Wildangerspitze and Kaisersäule, a tributary summit of Thaurer Zunterkopf with a monument (don´t follow the trail to Kaisersäule!).
At Törl, proceed as described for Halltal route.
Route from Pfeishütte
From Pfeishütte follow trail number 221 up to Stempeljoch. Before reaching Stempeljoch choose the right hand trail, traversing the scree fields below Pfeiser Spitze and ascend the rock chute to the south ridge of Pfeiserspitze. Follow the marking on the ridge to Pfeiserspitze summit, ascend into another chute and leave the chute to the traverse of the south slopes between Pfeiser Spitze and Lattenspitze (short airy ridge crest passage and short via ferrata). Ascend to Lattenspitze summit.
Wildangerspitze – Lattenspitze – Pfeiser Spitze traverse
The whole traverse is described here.
Red Tape & Accommodation
Lattenspitze is part of the “Alpenpark Karwendel”, an important and strictly protected national park.
There is no entrance fee for the park but many regulations to follow.
There is a National Park Information Center at Hinterriß.
Camping is not allowed within Alpenpark Karwendel.
Food and lodging can be found in
Gear & Mountain ConditionLattenspitze is a hiking summit for late spring, summer and autumn, due to snow conditions in the early and late season. You need full hiking gear and, as the upper parts of the summit are very steep, no fear of vertigo.
The traverse to Pfeiser Spitze and to Stempeljoch col is a bit more difficult, as there is a short Via Ferrata and some exposed and airy but easy rock scrambling involved. A helmet can be useful in these parts of the full traverse.
Maps & Guide Book
Alpenvereinskarte, 1 : 25.000, Karwendelgebirge, Mittleres Blatt, number 5/2, 2008
Alpenvereinskarte, 1 : 50.000, Innsbruck und Umgebung, number 31/5, 2nd edition, 1995
Walter Klier: Karwendel alpin, Alpenvereinsführer, Bergverlag Rother, München, 16th edition, 2011