Page Type Page Type: Mountain/Rock
Location Lat/Lon: 47.57841°N / 10.88556°E
Activities Activities: Hiking, Skiing
Seasons Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Additional Information Elevation: 6125 ft / 1867 m
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FeigenkopfA view from Klammspitze to Feigenkopf

Ammergau Alps show an astonishing variety of peaks, summits and mountains; you have steep and spire-like rock features like Geiselstein or Gabelschrofen, broad and massive mountains like Ammergauer Hochplatte, long ridges like Geierköpfe or Kreuzspitze - Kuchenberg, steep pyramids like Klammspitze, dwarf pine overgrown heights like Zunderkopf or Vorderer Felderkopf and - unique within the area, a broad and for about 500 m nearly level summit plateau with inviting meadows: that is Feigenkopf.

The variety is mainly due to the complex geology, primarily of the northern main range of Ammergau Alps. A rather complicated pattern of synclines and anticlines, interrupted by numerous faults and a large variety of sediments both in their genesis and age cause that above mentioned sort of small scale scenery.

Feigenkopf e.g. has as base the triassic Hauptdolomit, a dolomite stone which builds broad and massive mountains with steep rock faces but bad rock to climb. On the top of Feigenkopf there are much younger marls and sandstones of upper cretaceous age and, southwest of it, soft rocks of jurassic age. These sediments gave birth to the wonderful meadows of Feigenkopf and its southwestern gentle slopes.

The naming is a bit confusing. Feigen means figs but unfortunately I must say that there are no fig trees on that mountain. I have no idea where this name comes from. Maybe sombody got some ideas???

FeigenkopfFeigenkopf summit ridge
FeigenkopfFeigenkopf western summit ascent

A good thing of Feigenkopf is the possibility to combine this summit with a traverse from or to Klammspitze. And neighbouring Grubenkopf is also an easy target for the traverse monster lurking inside of us. All three summits can be combined to a nice day hike.

Another good thing is that Feigenkopf is rather unknown and when there are millions of people forcing Hochplatte or Klammspitze, Feigenkopf is a peaceful and enjoyable place to stay, eat, drink, look, sleep ..................

Getting There

FeigenkopfFeigenkopf (and Klammspitze to the right) as seen from Geierkopf main summit

Main trailhead is the parking area of Sägerbach valley about 1,5 km further west of the Linderhof castle.

Other trailheads are

  • the parking area of Linderhof castle (fee)

  • Halblech / Buching near Füssen

  • You reach these trailheads

    from Munich to Linderhof or Sägerbach valley

  • by using highway A 95 and road number B 2 to Oberau near Garmisch-Partenkirchen, then

  • road number B 23 to Ettal; after Ettal

  • take the first road to the left, leading to Graswang and Linderhof or the hikers parking area at Sägerbach valley (road number St2060).

  • from Munich to Halblech / Buching

  • by using highway A 95 and A 952 to Starnberg then road number B 2 to Weilheim

  • at Weilheim, follow road number B 472 to Peissenberg, Hohenpeissenberg and Peiting bypass

  • when driving on Peiting bypass road take road number B 17 in the direction of Füssen to Steingaden and Halblech / Buching until you arrive at the parking area for Kenzenhütte (signposts) at Buching.

  • from Reutte / Lechtal / Füssen to Sägerbach valley / Linderhof

  • by using road number 198 (Lechtal) or 179 (from Füssen) to Reutte, continuing on

  • road number L255 to Am Plansee, Hotel Ammerwald and Sägerbach valley parking area or, 1,5 km further on, Linderhof castle parking area.

  • from Reutte / Lechtal / Füssen to Halblech / Buching

  • by using road number 198 (Lechtal) to Reutte and the to Füssen or highway A 7 from Kempten to Füssen, continuing on

  • road number B 17 to Buching until you arrive at the parking area for Kenzenhütte (signposts) at Buching.

  • Bus and railway connections are a bit complicated for all trailheads. You have to use the Oberau railway station and then a bus to Linderhof castle.
    For Buching you have to use Füssen railway station and then a local bus to Buching.

  • See the railway schedule here .

  • Regionalverkehr Oberbayern (RVO) runs the public bus lines in the mountain valleys of Bavaria. The lines number 9606 and 9622 do the service between Oberau and Linderhof. Line number 965 goes from Füssen to Buching.

  • See the schedules here .

  • Routes Overview

    FeigenkopfFeigenkopf summit ridge

    Main west route

    This is for shure the shortest ascent to Feigenkopf. Trailhead is
    Sägerbachtal parking area to the south or Kenzen hut to the north.

    Southern approach:
    From Sägertal parking area follow the forest road into Sägertal, ascend on a smaller forest road to its end and cross the creek on a narrow trail. Follow this trail up to Bäckenalmsattel.

    Northern approach:
    Kenzen hut can be best reaches from Halblech / Buching by bike or foot, following the forest road to the hut. There is a shuttle bus, too. From Kenzen hut follow the trail in eastern direction which directly zigzags up to Bäckenalmsattel.

    Summit trail:
    At the Bäckenalmsattel take the eastern trail which leads up to the broad meadows of the Hirschwang hunting hut. Pass by the hut and follow the trail across wonderful meadows to the broad and long meadow ridge of Feigenkopf.

    FeigenkopfFeigenkopf as seen from Klammspitzengrat

    Eastern route

    Trailhead is Linderhof Castle parking area (day fee)
    From the northwestern part of the parking area follow the forest road up to Brunnenkopfhaus (signposts). Follow the trail leading in western direction; traverse Brunnenkopf south slopes, descend to the lower Klammspitze northeast cirque. Ascend the cirque to a notch in its southern limitation, gain the south ridge of Große Klammspitze and ascend this ridge (easy rock scramble) to the summit of Große Klammspitze.

    Follow the marked trail steep down the west ridge of Klammspitze; there is some easy rock scramble involved. Traverse Klammspitzengrat on the south side of the ridge in some ups and downs - small notches offer deep views in the steep and rugged north sides of both mountains. Ascend steeply the east ridge of Feigenkopf.

    Near Feigenkopf there is Grubenkopf, another summit which can be reached easily from Feigenkopf. If you are in the mood of peak bagging you can summit all three peaks in one day.

    Red Tape & Accommodation

    The German part of Ammergau Alps is a nature protection area. There is a wide variety of rules including e.g. no camping, no fire. Animals shall not be disturbed, plant shall not be collected. Please stay on the trails and respect nature in this area.

    FeigenkopfWhite crocus flowers on Feigenkopf meadows
    FeigenkopfChamois herd on Feigenkopf meadows
    FeigenkopfStrange beetle living on Feigenkopf slopes

    You find accommodation at

  • Oberammergau

  • Graswang

  • Hotel Ammerwald

  • Halblech / Buching

  • Mountain huts:

  • Brunnenkopfhaus

  • Kenzenhütte

  • Gear & Mountain Condition

    FeigenkopfNear Bäckenalmsattel on the summit trail: Hochplatte, Krähe, Gabelschrofen, Geiselstein (right)

    Feigenkopf is an easy spring, summer and autumn hike; when done as traverse from or to Klammspitze there are some steep and a bit exposed trails with some easy rock scramble involved.

    You need normal hiking gear and good shoes. In spring gaiters and light crampons can be useful for the traverse to Klammspitze.

    As ski tour, Feigenkopf is rather unknown, Ammergauer Hochplatte or Scheinbergspitze for instance are much more popular. In winter / early spring you reach Feigenkopf via Sägertal and Bäckenalmsattel with skies or even with snow shoes. You need full ski tour gear and avalanche gear.

    Check the weather forecast here.

    Check the avalanche bulletin here.

    Current Weather:

    Map & Guide Book

    FeigenkopfFeigenkopf as seen from Schellschlicht


  • Topographische Karte 1 : 50.000, Karwendelgebirge, Werdenfelser Land, UK L 5, Bayerisches Landesvermessungsamt München

  • Topographische Karte 1 : 50.000, Füssen und Umgebung, Bayerisches Landesvermessungsamt München

  • Alpenvereinskarte Bayern, scale 1 : 25.000, number BY 6, Ammergebirge West, Hochplatte, Kreuzspitze

  • Guide Book

    Alpenvereinsführer alpin
    Allgäuer Alpen und Ammergauer Alpen
    Bergverlag Rother, München, 2008