The "Hoher Goell" (or in german "Hoher Göll") is a huge and massive mountain, it's summit towering almost 2000 meters above the town of Berchtesgaden, east of the Königsee, opposite of "Watzmann"
It is a very popular "sight-seeing summit" and you have a great view onto Dachstein in the East and Watzmann in the West.
"Hoher Goell" offers a wide variety of routes onto the summit, ranging from a mere hike for experienced hikers (UIAA Grade I), over a via ferrata up to a UIAA Grade VIII climb in the West face!
Very popular and worthwhile is the traverse of the summit from north to south - either from "Kehlsteinhaus" via "Mannlgrat" or from "Purtschellerhaus" up to the summit and down to "Stahl-Haus".
As mentioned before there are quite a lot of different routes of all difficulties onto "Hoher Goell".
Here is just a short overview on the most popular and most worthwhile routes:
UIAA Grade I. From the north. Starting point is the alpine hut "Purtschellerhaus" (see below). About 2,5 hours from the hut to the summit. Marked with red spots.
In spring, early summer and autumn there can be a lot of snow and even ice in the route!
UIAA Grade I. From the south. Starting point is the alpine hut "Stahlhaus" (see below). About 4 hours from the hut to the summit. Marked with red spots.
Although most of the route is southexposed and therefore even in spring and autumn without snow you have to cross a north facing slope and there can be snow almost the whole year round!
UIAA Grade I. From the northwest. Staring point is the "Kehlsteinhaus". About 3 hours from "Kehlsteinhaus" to the summit. It's a kind af via ferrata with wire ropes and marked with red spots.
Through the Alpeltal
UIAA Grade I. From the west. Starting point is the road to Hinterbrand. It's seldom used for ascents but it's a kind of emergency descent in case of bad weather!
UIAA Grade IV. Starting point is "Scharitzkehlalm". Very long climb - up to 8 hours!
There are several climbing routes in the west face of "Hoher Goell", ranging from UIAA Grade III ("Alte Westwand") to UIAA Grade VIII ("Trichterpfeiler")!
On german Autobahn A8 to the southeasternmost corner of Bavaria, to "Bad Reichenhall" and on road B20 further on to Berchtesgaden.
By public transport:
By train via "Bad Reichenhall" or "Salzburg" to Berchtesgaden. Berchtesgaden and the surrounding area has a very good public bus system and you can reach almost all of the starting points of the routes by bus!
The road from Obersalzberg up to Enzianhuette and Ahornkaser (beginning of the paths to "Purtschellerhaus") and further on - the so-called "Rossfeldstrasse" - is a toll road. They charge 5 Euro for a normal car during daytime. The gate is attended until about 8 pm (20 Uhr) and afterwards the barrier will be open!
When To Climb
You can climb "Hoher Goell" the whole year round, depending on weather conditions, snow conditions and your skills!
Easiest time to climb "Hoher Goell" is in summer, from May to September, and thats also the time when the summit can be "crowded" on beautiful weekends!
In spring and autumn there can be a lot of snow in the routes, especially in the north facing parts of the ascent.
In winter, depending on the amount of snow already fallen, you can ascent "Hoher Goell" either by foot (maybe with crampons) or with skis - it's a popular ski touring target!
Camping and other accommodation
There is a camping site south of Berchtesgaden, located on the road between the town and "Königsee".
(1692 m) is located north of "Hoher Goell". It offers 72 sleeping accommodations and is open from mid-May to the end of October.
or short "Stahl-Haus" (1736 m) is located south of "Hoher Goell". It offers 94 sleeping accommodations and is open the whole year round!
Unfortunately there is no webcam showing "Hoher Goell" itself.
But to have a look at the weather and snow conditions on the "Goell massive" you can use the webcams of the Jennerbahn
, south of Berchtesgaden. The summit of "Jenner" is located about 4 km southwest of the summit of "Hoher Goell".
Guides and Maps
The following guide book and the map should be essential if you would like to do some hiking or climbing tours at "Hoher Goell" or other mountains in the Berchtesgadener Alpen, such as "Watzmann"
Alpenvereinsführer Berchtesgadener Alpen
Bergverlag Rudolf Rother, München, 1997
Umgebungskarte 1:25 000
UK 25-1 Nationalpark Berchtesgaden
Bayrisches Landesvermessungsamt, München, 2001