Reither Spitze is a prominent peak above the city of Seefeld (Austria). Since Seefeld is a very touristic area and a cable car runs up to Härmalekopf (2034m/6674ft) -from which Reither Spitze is only an easy hike- this summit is not the place to seek solitude. The only time there is lesser traffic on the mountain is after Nördlinger hut has closed in autumn and there is no snow or low avalanche danger. Nördlinger hut at 2239m/7346ft above sea-level is the highest hut of the Karwendel, which makes it very popular.
Because of the location of Reither Spitze at the south-west corner of Karwendel it offers breath taking views to the surrounding mountain ranges. Zillertal Alps, Stubai Alps, Wetterstein, Mieming Range (especially Hohe Munde) and of course the Karwendel itself provide a wonderful panorama.
As mentioned above a cable car may be used to ease the ascent to Reither Spitze or Nördlinger hut. All the other trails to Nördlinger hut are easy and marked but sometimes steep hikes (especially trail 84 via Reither-Joch-Alm). The final ascent from Nördlinger hut is still easy but some rocky passages are secured by some iron-cables.
|By car:||To reach one of the trailheads, you have to get to the city of Seefeld, which is reachable via the road 177 and B2 which connects Innsbruck (Austria) and Garmisch-Partenkirchen (Germany). From Garmisch-Partenkirchen you have a highway connection to Munich and Innsbruck provides a conenction to Italy (Brenner).|
|By train:||If you go to Reither Spitze by train your trailhead is the train station at Seefeld. About every hour the train from Garmisch-Partenkirchen (Germany) to Innsburck (Austria) stops there. From Garmisch-Partenkirchen you have access to the trains to Munich, Ehrwald (Austria) and Rheutte (Austria). Innsbruck is the gateway to Italy (Bozen/Bolzano, Verona).|
For more information visit the homepage of Deutsche Bahn for german and ÖBB for austrian train connections. To get to the trails up to Reither Spitze you have to go to the valley station of the cable car running up to Ross-hut (1751m/5745ft). There should be signs telling you how to get there, but I don' t know this. If you have any information about this, let me know and I' ll add it to the text here...
Maps and Routes overview
- KOMPASS #26 - Karwendelgebirge
Good overview map of the hole Karwendel. For hiking porpuses this map is sufficient (scale 1:50000). The map can be bought at www.amazon.de or at KOMPASS.
- Alpenvereinskarte 5/1 Karwendelgebirge, West
More detailed map (1:25000) of the western part of Karwendel
There are several possibilities of getting up to Reither Spitze, but I' ll only list two routes which can be combined to a nice round trip.
- From Seefeld (Ski-Alm, valley station of Ross-hut cable car)
First of all you' ll have to follow one of the trails up to Ross-hut (also possible with the cable car). After that you have the possibility to ascent Seefelder Spitze (2221m/7287ft) (via Seefelder Joch) or simply traverse to Reither Spitze (trail #77).
- From Maximilianshütte
Shortfly after you' ve left Seefeld in direction to Innsbruck a little street turns left leading to Maximilianshütte. There you have to park your car, because this road is not public. Simply follow trail #84 up to Reither-Joch-Alm (1505m/4938ft) and further up to Nördlinger hut (2239m/7346ft) and from there to the summit.
Precise, but sometimes inaccurate weather forecast for the city of Seefeld.
Not as detailed as the link above, but quite accurate forecasts.
- OEAV weather forecast
Weather forecast especially for mountaineering porpuses. Unfortunately this page is available in german only.
- Avalanche report (Tyrol/Austria)
As noted before, this german internet page offers the current avalanche report for Tyrol.
|Webcam at Seefeld looking up to Ross-hut (1751m/5745ft).|
There are no permits, fees or seasonal closures.
There is a parking lot at the valley station of the cable car running up to Ross-hut (1751m/5745ft), which should be free of charge.
Reither Spitze is located at the border of the nature reservation area Karwendel and therefore it is forbidden to camp on the mountain. Additionally you shouldn' t pick up flowers and don' t leave anything but footprints. Well because of the popularity of the mountain, there is a lot of litter on the way. Please help that this doesn' t become worse...
Seefeld is a touristic area with tons of hotels and places to stay. For more information visit the multilangual homepage of the area. Innsbruck and Garmisch-Partenkirchen aren' t far away as well.
Because of the nature reservation area Karwendel, camping on the mountain is forbidden. Additionally you should carry everything back down with you and leave only footprints. If you like to stay on the mountain Nördlinger hut (2239m/7346ft), Ross-hut (1751m/5745ft) and maybe Solsteinhaus (1805m/5922ft) are the only options.
When To Climb
Reither Spitze is mostly climbed all the year, but mostly in summer. During the winter months, the upper slopes of Reither Spitze are free of vegetation and quite steep so avalanche danger cannot be ignored. Unfortunately the avalanche report of Tyrol is available in german only.