is the highest summit within the Notkarspitze – subgroup
of Ammergau Alps.
This subrange, located in the eastern part of Ammergau Alps
, is, with the exception of Notkarspitze itself – which is a quite popular hike from Garmisch-Partenkirchen or Ettal, a rather lonely and remote region.
Especially in spring and early summer the region is full of innumerable wildflowers and a paradise for those who love them.
Kienjoch is only the second best known summit of the Notkarspitze subgroup. Summited quite often from Graswang, Kienjoch is located in the western part of the U-shaped subgroup at the south end of a rugged and rocky, south – north running arête between Geißsprüngkopf
in the southeast and Kieneckspitze
in the north.
Kienjoch has a steep east slope down to the Kühalpental and an equally steep, rugged and rocky west slope high above Elmautal. The summit is a good lookout for the whole Ammergau region and provides great looks to Wettersteingebirge in the south and to parts of Lechtaler and Allgäuer Alpen in the west.
Kienjoch and neighbouring Kieneckspitze (right)
There are two main trailheads in the valleys:
Graswang in the Graswang / Ammer valley
Use highway A 95
from Munich to its end and follow the road B 2
. At Oberau take B 23
. After Ettal follow road St 2060
direction Graswang / Linderhof
until you reach the eastern part of the little village of Graswang
There is a little chapel on the right. On the left there is a small parking area in front of the bridge over the creek Linder.
This is the trailhead. Leave your car there.
If the parking area is complete cross the village and follow the signposts to "Wanderparkplatz" (hikers parking area) at the opposite end of the villages (parking fee required). Walk back to the trailhead.
Pflegersee / Garmisch-Partenkirchen
Use highway A 95
from Munich to its end and follow the road B 2 / 23
. It is the right hand road branching off after the Farchant road tunnel.
After the eye-catching Grandhotel Sonnenbichl at the entrance of Garmisch turn right (Thomas-Knorr-Straße) and then right again (Pflegerseestraße). Pflegersee should be signposted. Follow Pflegerseestraße up to the parking area at Pflegersee.
Wildflower meadow at Kühbach Alm Centaurea montana Geranium sylvaticum
Route & Trail Overview
Summit route from Graswang
For Mountain Bikers
Ascent via Kieneckspitze
Panorama with Kienjoch, Kieneckspitze, Geißsprüngkopf and Ammergau Alps from Windstierlkopf
Summit Route from Pflegersee
The German part of Ammergau Alps is a protected area (Naturschutzgebiet Ammergauer Alpen
). I did not find an official web site of this NP. If you know one, let me know about it.
There are no entrance fees or permissions required.
It is forbidden
Ammergau Alps contain many rare plant species, please respect them. Take nice pictures and let them grow.
Cypripedium calciola (to me) unknown orchid Gentiana acaulis
External Links & Accomodations
Kienjoch from traverse to Kieneckspitze
To find accommodations, try the following homepages:
A good overview and more hiking tips can be found on:
Check the current weather conditions here
Maps & Guide Books
Kienjoch as seen from Kühbachtal
The most detailed maps are:
Useful hiking map: