Some mountains are easy to recognize due to their shape. Soiernspitze is among those peaks. If you look for a Cheops Pyramid in the Alps, just drive on the highway from Munich to Garmisch-Partenkirchen. At a certain point on this journey you will see a regular shaped pyramid rise in front of you. That is Soiernspitze.
Soiernspitze is the eponymous peak of the northernmost subgroup of Karwendel range. This subgroup is about 300 to 600 m lower than the main Karwendel ranges. It has a U-shape, enclosing Fischbach valley which runs down from south to northeast. Some very rarely visited Karwendel summits are part of the subgroup. Soiernspitze, however, is well known and receives many visits during the whole year.
Located at the southeast edge of the subgroup our Cheops Pyramid is bordered by Fereinalm col to the south, the huge Soiern cirque to the north and Fermersbach valley to the east. The west ridge runs to the neighbouring peak Reissende Lahnspitze, which is nearly as high as Soiernspitze itself. The northern neighbor mountain is the rather unknown Krapfenkarspitze, one of the rarely visited summits of the subgroup.
Soiernspitze offers breathtaking views to the huge north faces of Karwendel main faces as well as to many mountains to the west, north and east. It is a nice and easy but a bit strenuous hike in summer and autumn which can be combined with an MTB tour or with some interesting traverses (see the routes section for more information).
It is, too, an interesting, though mostly rather dangerous ski tour in winter and spring. The denomination of the western neighbor summit, Reissende Lahnspitze, means “Torrential Avalange Peak”. Take this denomination seriously. Having passed my military service at Mittenwald with an exclusive view up to Soiernspitze and Reissende Lahnspitze, I know what avalanges are sometimes rushing down the steep south slopes of these mountains.
I like Soiernspitze most on late autumn or early winter days when the sun is already low and there is not yet much snow lingering on the south slopes. It is always a peaceful atmosphere up there, driving you easily away from all days pell-mell.
Main trailheads for Soiernspitze are
You reach Krün and Mittenwald by car
If you go by train, the best trailhead is Mittenwald / Kasernen, about 0,5 hours away from Mittenwald railway station.
There are many routes up to Soiernspitze, some of them can be combined to nice one or more days round trips.
from Mittenwald / Isarhorn or Mittenwald / Kasernen trailhead
- Route 1: trailheads – forest road – turn left on Lausberg trail – Lausberg – Signalkopf – Seinskopf – Feldernkopf (Ridge crest trail) – Reißende Lahnspitze – summit: an excellent traverse of several summits of the Soiern subgroup;
- Route 2: trailheads – forest road – Ochsenalm trail to Feldernkopf (Ridge crest trail) – Reißende Lahnspitze – summit (the upper part of the route is the same as route 1);
- Route 3: trailheads – forest road or Aschaualm and Jägersteig – Fereinalm – Hirzeneck (Hirzeneck trail) – summit;
- Trailhead – forest road to Fischbachalm – forest road or trail (Lakaiensteig) to Soiernhaus – Soiernsee – Soiernscharte (North cirque trail) – summit;
- or alternatively from Soiernhaus – Schöttelkarspitze – Feldernkopf (Ridge crest trail) – Reißende Lahnspitze – summit;
Trailhead – with MTB on forest road to Vordersbachau – Fermersbach valley and Fereinalm; ascent on Hirzeneck trail to Hirzeneck and summit.
A rather long and lonely route (Fermersbach trail) starts near Oswald Hütte / road number L 282 to Hinterriß. Follow the forest road up to Paindl hunters cabin and the trail number 350 above Fermersbach valley to Hirzeneck. Turn right and ascent the summit on the Hirzeneck trail.
Signposts: The whole region has yellow signposts at trail junctions and trailheads to indicate directions. These signs show hiking hours and minutes to destinations, too, which sadly are often wrong (ways too long or too short). My advice: don´t take them into account!
Red Tape & AccommodationThe whole Soiern subgroup belongs to the nature protection area „Karwendel und Karwendelvorgebirge”, which covers nearly the whole German Karwendel area and is thus part of the huge Alpenpark Karwendel.
The entrance is free.
Please respect the following rules in the Nature Protection Area:
You find all kind of accommodation at
Ferein Alm; also called Fereinsalm, Vereinalm or Vereinsalm; no overnight stay
Krinner-Kofler-Hütte, located near Fereinalm
Gear & Mountain Condition
Soiernspitze is a year round summit.
All summer and autumn routes are hiking routes which are marked and signposted. Some of them are, however strenuous and long – Soiernspitze should never be underestimated.
In winter with little snow, Soiernspitze south ascents and the ridge crest traverse may be open for a great winter hike.
Full hiking gear and enough to drink is needed for Soiernspitze.
Soiernspitze as a ski tour should be handled carefully. As the ski routes use the north cirque or the steep south slopes, avalanche conditions should be checked carefully. The denomination of the neighbor summit of Soiernspitze, Reißende Lahnspitze, points out that there can be nasty avalanche incidents. No ski tour for beginners.
Check the Bavarian avalanche bulletin here.
Current Weather for Mittenwald:
Maps & Guide Book
Topographische Karte, scale 1 : 50.000, Karwendelgebirge, Werdenfelser Land; Landesamt für Vermessung und Geoinformation Bayern
Alpenvereinskarte Bayerische Alpen, scale 1 : 25.000, map number BY 12, Karwendelgebirge Nord, Schafreiter; Deutscher Alpenverein, Landesamt für Vermessung und Geoinformation Bayern, 2010 (covers the easternmost parts of Soiersnspitze with Fermersbach trail and MTB route from Hinterriß)
Alpenvereinskarte Bayerische Alpen, scale 1 : 25.000, map number BY 10, Karwendelgebirge Nordwest; Deutscher Alpenverein, Landesamt für Vermessung und Geoinformation Bayern, 2010
Heinrich Klier, Fritz März, und Walter Klier: Alpenvereinsführer Karwendelgebirge alpin, Bergverlag Rother, 2005