Standing high at the southern crest of Steinernes Meer / Berchtesgaden Alps, steep Mitterhorn, placed between Breithorn in the south, Ahlhorn in the north and Persailhorn in the west, is seldomly visited. This is due to a more remote location of this summit, showing steep slopes even to the north and being far from the connecting trails on the plateau of Steinernes Meer or from ascent trails onto the plateau.
The “Saalfeldener Höhenweg” between Riemannhaus and Peter Wiechenthaler Hütte, placed high above Saalfelden on the southern slopes of Steinernes Meer, traverses Mitterhorn. Thus Saalfeldener Höhenweg offers a good opportunity to summit this peak with its impressive views.
Climbing Mitterhorn from Breithorn
Arriving the valley trailheads
The main valley trailheads for Mitterhorn are Saalfelden or Maria Alm on the south side of Steinernes Meer.
You reach these neighbouring villages from
You reach Saalfelden by train, too, from Kufstein - Wörgl - Kitzbühel or from Salzburg - Bischofshofen.
For the schedules please refer to the ÖBB homepage.
Saalfelden / Peter Wiechenthaler Hütte
The Saalfelden trailhead is in the northern part of the town, called Bachwinkel. Follow the main road of Bachwinkel up to its end at the beginning of the woods, there are parking areas alongside the road. Bachwinkel is signposted from the road number 164 between Saalfelden center and Lofer.
From the parking area follow the signposts to the hut via Mueßbacheck and Kreuzweg.
Maria Alm / Riemannhaus
From Maria Alm follow the road into Griesbachwinkl and Sandten valley. After some kilometers the road changes into a dirt road which climbs up steeply to the parking area at about 1200 m height.
After the parking area the road is closed for public traffic. Follow the road up to the supply cableway valley station of Riemannhaus. Follow then the trail number 401 steeply up into the valley between Breithorn and Sommerstein / Schöneck up to Ramseider Scharte and to Riemannhaus. Spectacular views to the Sommerstein tower.
At the last switchback of the dirtroad (about 1.500 m high) before you reach the cableway valley station there is a trail junction with signposts “Breithorn Südwandsteig”, another more difficult ascent route from Maria Alm.
Adjacent mountain huts
Riemannhaus as starting point can be reached, too, from the adjacent mountain huts:
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