Page Type Page Type: Mountain/Rock
Location Lat/Lon: 47.33274°N / 10.46233°E
Activities Activities: Hiking
Seasons Season: Summer, Fall
Additional Information Elevation: 8560 ft / 2609 m
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BretterspitzeBretterspitze as seen from Gliegerkar (26-07-2009)

The Hornbach range of the Allgäu mountains is bearing the highest peaks of this wellknown region and - most astonishingly -many of those peaks are seldomly visited. There are some exceptions from this common rule: Krottenkopf, the highest Allgäu peak, Plattenspitze high above Hermann-von-Barth hut and - Bretterspitze. The summit register of those peaks is full of visitors, due to their easier accessibility.

Bretterspitze, located between Urbeleskarspitze to the northeast and Gliegerkarpitze to the west stands high above the Gliegerkar to the south, showing steep rockfaces down to Lechtal valley and the Urbeleskar to the north, located above Hornbach valley and the little village of Hinterhornbach.

The Schwärzer col between the summit and Urbeleskarspitze is the trail junction of the two main normal routes.

You can summit Bretterspitze in a days hike, starting from Häselgehr in the Lechtal valley (southern ascent) or from Hinterhornbach in the Hornbach valley (northern ascent). If you do the grant Hornbach trail, the so called “Enzensperger Weg”, Bretterspitze is a “must” summit.

North of the summit placed high above Hornbach valley is located the private mountain hut Kaufbeurer Haus. This little mountain hut is guarded only on summer weekends, otherwise you need a key from the alpine club and you have to support yourself. The next guarded mountain club hut, Hermann-von-Barth-Hütte is some 5 to 7 hours away.

Getting There

BretterspitzeUrbeleskar- and Bretterspitze as seen from the Hinterhornbach northern ascent (26-07-2009

The main trailheads for Bretterspitze are Hinterhornbach in the Hornbach valley and Häselgehr in the Lechtal valley.

You reach Lechtal valley

  • from Garmisch-Partenkirchen via Lermoos by using road numbers 23, 187 and 195 to Reutte / Tirol

  • from Füssen by using road number 198 to Reutte

  • from Innsbruck and Imst by using the Hahntennjoch road to Elmen / Lechtal

  • from Rheintal, Bregenz, by using Arlberg road and road number 198 to Lech / Warth

  • Follow Lechtal valley road number 198 from Reutte or from Lech / Warth until you reach Häselgehr. The trailhead is at the Häselgehr church on the orographic left side of Lech river.

    The village of Hinterhornbach can be reached directly from Lechtal valley road by leaving the road at Martinau or Stanzach in the direction to Vorderhornbach. At Vorderhornbach follow the signposts to Hinterhornbach. The trailhead is at the western end of the little village: go on the road by passing the church and use the first road which branches off to the left and immediately crosses Hornbach creek on a bridge. Behind the bridge is the parking area (2009: free parking).

    Red Tape

    No red tape as far as I know.

    360 degree summit panorama from Bretterspitze (26-07-2009)

    Main Routes Overview

    Northern Route

    From Hinterhornbach parking area follow trail number 434 in many switchbacks to Karköpfl and Kaufbeurer Haus.
    Follow trail 434 into Kesselboden and ascend the northern slopes of Bretterspitze over scree and / or snow, then over easy rocks up to Schwärzen col.
    From Schwärzen col follow the trail along the northeastern ridge over easy rocks to the summit.

    BretterspitzeNorthern route, view to Hochvogel (26-07-2009
    BretterspitzeNorthern route, happy scree sliding(26-07-2009
    BretterspitzeNorthern route, Bretterspitze and Urbeleskar (26-07-2009

    Southern Route

    From Häselgehr trailhead follow trail number 434 into Hagler valley until you reach a trail junction at about 1700 m. Take the right trail (number 434) to Rastegg which steeply winds up to Gliegerkar. In Gliegerkar there is the trail junction with Enzensperger Weg. The trail leads very steeply up to Griesschartl and traverses the east side of Bretterkarspitze on some rock ledges (secured with fixed steel ropes) with exposed views into Seekar and its nice lake. You reach the northern ascent at Schwärzer col. Follow the summit trail as described above.

    BretterspitzeSummit view to Allgäu mountains (26-07-2009
    BretterspitzeSattelkar, Sattelkarspitze and (right) Bretterspitze (26-07-2009
    Enzensperger WegSummit view to the west (26-07-2009

    Enzensperger Weg

    This grand trail is described as a route separately.

    Enzensperger Weg connects Herrmann-von-Barth Hütte with Kaufbeurer Haus. Thus, the northern and the upper part of the southern ascent route is part of Enzensperger Weg.


    BretterspitzeUpper Gliegerkar and Griesschartl, southern route to summit (26-07-2009

    In Lechtal valley there are all sorts of accomodations: Hotels, Inns, private Bed & Breakfast and Camping areas.

    For general infomations please refer to: Lechtal tourist page

    More detailed informations about accommodations in the nearest villages can be found on the homepages of

  • Elbigenalp

  • Häselgehr

  • stanzach

  • Vorderhornbach

  • Hinterhornbach

  • Nearby mountain huts (alpine club or private huts) are:

  • Herrmann-von-Barth Hütte

  • Kaufbeurer Haus

  • Gear & Mountain Conditions

    Bretterspitze is a summer and autumn hike. As far as I know there are no winter and spring ski hike activities. It is a strenuous day hike from the valley trailheads or as culmination point of the Enzensperger Weg.

    You need normal hiking gear with good shoes. As the more difficult passages of the southern ascent are secured with steel ropes you need no rope or special gear for belaying. You should be used to exposed rock scramble.

    Check the current weather here.

    BretterspitzeRock tower above Griesschartl (26-07-2009
    BretterspitzeRock scramble above Griesschartl (26-07-2009
    BretterspitzeSummit (26-07-2009