Hoher Gleiersch (or Hochgleiersch as it is sometimes called) is the westernmost prominent mountain of the Gleiersch-Halltal chain of the Karwendel. Its strange name comes from romanic "glarea" which simply means scree and well Hoher Gleiersch has a lot of that on its south side. The north side is a sheer drop of about 600m/2000ft down to the Hinterautal. From the top you have a breath-taking panorama of Karwendel' s main ridge to the north. The south offers splendid views of the glaciated mountains south of the Inn-valley.
Starting at Scharnitz (964m/3163ft), there are two popular routes along the south and north-west ridge leading up to the summit of Hoher Gleiersch. While the trail along the south ridge is marked quite well and you don' t have problems finding your way, you' ll have to search for your path along the north-west ridge. The KOMPASS map 26 - Karwendelgebirge shows a ski-route along the north-west ridge, but I don' t think Hohe Gleiersch is visited often in winter since the upper slopes are very steep. The impressive north walls of Hoher Gleiersch offer several climbing routes.
There are only two popular routes up to Hoher Gleiersch. Both of them lead along the steep southern slopes. The north face of Hoher Gleiersch offers several climbing routes.
|By car:||To reach the trailhead, you have to drive to the city of Scharnitz at the Austrian/German border. Road 177 and B2 which connects Innsbruck (Austria) and Garmisch-Partenkirchen (Germany) runs through Scharnitz. From Garmisch-Partenkirchen you have a highway connection to Munich and Innsbruck provides a conenction to Italy (Brenner). After reaching Scharnitz you' ll have to drive to the parkinglot of the Karwendel (watch for the signs close to the bridge at Scharnitz).|
|By train:||If you go to Hoher Gleiersch by train your trailhead is the train station at Scharnitz. 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. There are sign at the train station leading to the trails leading into the Karwendel.
There are no permits, fees or seasonal closures.
There is a parking at the beginning of the Karwendel which isn' t free for sure, but I have no information about prices.
Hoher Gleiersch is part 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.
The area around Scharnitz is very touristic with tons of hotels and places to stay. For more information visit the multilangual homepage of the area of Seefeld. 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. There are no real huts close to the mountain. There are two alps at the bottom of the mountain (Amtssäge and M&oulm;slalm/Arzler Kristenalm), but I don' t know if they offer overnight stays.