Karwendel ranges look like an unconquerable fortress when viewed from the west. The rockfaces from Wörner summit, the huge sentinel at the northern edge of Karwendel to Brunnensteinspitze above Scharnitz rise about 1400 meters above Mittenwald valley ground and seem impenetrable. Some of the pinnacles of this stronghold are the three peaks of Linderspitzen which are named, due to their geographical position, Nördliche(2372 m), Mittlere (2339 m) and Südliche Linderspitze (2305 m). Mittlere Linderspitze is the least prominent, though not the lowest of these three sisters and even not named in the Karwendel Alpine Club guide book.
Located between Sulzleklammspitze to the south and Westliche Karwendelspitze to the north, Linderspitzen are often visited due to two main factors:
You can imagine the crowds of people up there.
This cableway is the gateway for Mittenwalder Höhenweg and for those who don´t want to take the long and stamina - demanding routes from the valley ground. From valley ground to valley ground, Mittenwalder Höhenweg with all three of Linderspitzen is an 1800 meter tour and with Westliche Karwendelspitze you will have about 1900 meters of altitude difference to overcome.
Nördliche Linderspitze and Südliche Linderspitze both have meadow ridges up to their summits, the first on the north side, the latter on its south side. The connecting ridges of the three summits are high, airy, sometimes narrow and quite exposed. Without the iron ladders and fixed ropes of the via ferrata this would be UIAA grade III in parts. Südliche and Mittlere Linderspitze are framed by two meadow cols: Gamsanger to the south with a wooden emergency shack and “Am Gatterl” to the north, a broad col which separates Nördliche from Mittlere Linderspitze. Thus the traverse is a diversified and never a boring one: simple mountain trails alternate with secured climbing sections and the views are great, wide and deep.
As a comfort and an extra plus it may be added that around Linderspitzen, Mittenwalder Höhenweg and the adjacent summits there are a lot of welcoming mountain huts for a good break and some cool beer: Mittenwalder Hütte high above Mittenwald, Dammkarhütte in the middle of wild Dammkar below towering Viererspitze and Brunnsteinhütte south of Mittenwald.
Linderspitzen are normally accessible in late spring through summer and autumn until the first heavy snowfalls by using Mittenwalder Höhenweg or Heinrich Noe Weg. The via ferrata is not very difficult, beginners, however, should use full via ferrata gear.
In spring and early summer snow is lingering on the northeast slopes and in the cols of Linderspitzen thus making the approach more difficult. Crampons and an ice axe can be advisable in these times of the year.
Mittenwalder Höhenweg can be a winter adventure for the experienced, too. Please remind that this is a difficult undertaking and that the fixed ropes and iron ladders are not maintained during winter times.
Map & Guide Book
Heinrich Klier, Fritz März, und Walter Klier Karwendelgebirge. Alpenvereinsführer alpin: Ein Führer für Täler, Hütten und Berge. Verfaßt nach den Richtlinien der UIAA
Bernd Eberle, Peter Mair, Mike Rutter, und Ralf Sussmann Kletterführer Karwendel: Alpine Ziele & Klettergärten incl. Martinswand
1. june 2004
Buttercup species on the summit meadows of Südliche Linderspitze
Alpenvereinskarte Karwendelgebirge, West
Scale 1 : 25.000
Deutscher Alpenverein, 2005