Gartnerwand is a long ridge at the eastern ed of the Lechtal Alps. The ridge has a length of about 3.5km and consists of three major peaks Alpschrofen (2303m/7556ft), Gartnerwand (2376m/7796ft) and Grubigstein (2233m/7326ft). The eye-catcher of this mountain is its up to 500m high north face with is very beautiful. Quite in contrast to the north side, the south side has a lot of gras on it and provides a splendid trail to traverse Gartnerwand.
Since the ascent to Gartnerwand can be eased by using the cable cars of the ski area Lermoos/Grubigstein, Gartnerwand is a popular mountain and therefore visited very often. Because of that, all exposed parts of the trails are well secured with chains. Most people traverse Gartnerwand starting at Grubigstein. But I recommend to chose either the north ridge or Bichlbächler Jöchle as ascent route, because if you do so you' ll be quite alone during your ascent. The place gets more and more crowded, the closer you get to Grubigstein. The descent via the ski-area is not very splendid but doesn' t take long. I think the descent via Gertner Alpe (1399m4590ft) is the better choice but I haven' t done this.
The views from Gartnerwand are breath taking. You have a perfect view of Mieming Range and Wetterstein with Zugspitze from a quite unusual perspective. Through the Gaistal you look straight into the Karwendel. To the south you have a splendid view of Stubai Alps and the Öztal Alps. But you don' t have to look far, because Gartnerwand itself provides impressive views of its north face all along the traverse.
There are mainly four different approaches to Gartnerwand:
Lermoos belongs to the touristic area around Ehrwald and can be reached quite easily.
|By car:||There are three possibilites to drive to Lermoos by car:|
|By train:||Since there is a train connection from Garmisch-Partenkirchen (Germany) via Ehrwald/Lermoos and Reutte (both Austria) to Füssen (Germany) reaching Lermoos by train is quite easily. A train rides about every two hours from and to Garmisch-Partenkirchen.|
There are no permits, fees or seasonal closures.
There are several parking lots in Lermoos. Since some are without a fee some may have one so take a look to avoid paying an extra charge...
For more information about prices of the cable cars of the ski area Lermoos/Grubigstein visit their homepage http://www.langes.at/front_content.php?idcatart=495&changelang=29.
There are no hut where you can stay for a night, but the area around Ehrwald offers many places to stay, since the area is very touristic.
Grubistein is climbed all the year. During the winter months the avalanche report of Tyrol may be of interrest for you depending on the route you' ve chosen. The final slope during the ascent via Grubigsteinhut (2028m/6654ft) is nearly avalanche save since the is the ski area at the bottom of it.