Kröndlhorn and Kröndlberg

Kröndlhorn and Kröndlberg

Page Type Page Type: Mountain/Rock
Activities Activities: Hiking, Mountaineering, Skiing
Seasons Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Additional Information Elevation: 8018 ft / 2444 m
Sign the Climber's Log

Overview

Kröndlhorn and Kröndlberg are a twin peak in the very center of Kitzbüheler Alpen. Being higher than 2400 m means something within Kitzbüheler Alpen: our twin summit is among the highest peaks of this area.

Besides that, Kröndlhorn is, as a year round outing, a very nice summit goal. Being within the region of Neue Bamberger Hütte, one of the rare alpine club huts in the area, Kröndhorn is among the main targets of this huts surroundings. The one day routes out of Windau valley are among my favorite Kitzbüheler routes. With nearby Molterfeldspitze and Schneegrubenspitze, Kröndhorn offers an interesting ridge traverse, too, mainly off-trail and very lonely.

The small Reinkar hut below Reinkarsee and Kröndlhorn
The small Reinkar hut below Reinkarsee and Kröndlhorn
Großer Rettenstein as seen from the Windau trail to Kröndlhorn
Großer Rettenstein as seen from the Windau trail to Kröndlhorn

Kröndlhorn and Kröndlberg are the culmination points of the north – south – running ridge, which divides Kelchsau Valley and Kurzer Grund to the west from Windau valley to the east. Besides Kröndlhorn, this long ridge has only one more important summit: Steinbergstein. The immediate neighbor summits of Kröndlhorn/Kröndlberg are Molterfeldspitze to the north, Sonnwendkogel, to the south, Dristkogel to the west and Mitterkopf to the east. All these summits are minor ones, thus allowing the rocky outcrop of Kröndhorn/Kröndlberg to dominate the surrounding.

Kröndlhorn summit with the summit chapel
Kröndlhorn summit with the summit chapel
A look into the strange summit chapel
A look into the strange summit chapel

Kröndhorn/Kröndlberg are surrounded by some very nice natural features like Reinkarsee and the cirque with the same denomination to the northeast or the mountain valley between Salzachjoch and Neue Bamberger Hütte. The summit of Kröndlhorn is a surprise: instead of a normal summit cross there is a little wooden chapel on the top. Inside this chapel is …just … incredible …

 

Getting There

There are four main trailheads for Kröndlhorn, depending on wether you come from the north side or the south side of the mountain:

Kelchsau valley, Kurzer Grund, Gasthof Wegscheid (toll road)

Windau valley, valleys end, Krumbach hiker parking area

Wald im Pinzgau, Rossberg / Gasthof Rechtegg parking area

Königsleiten, cable car parking area

A view to Rotwand Grundalm (left) and to Mitterkopf, the eastern neighbour of Kröndlhorn
A view to Rotwand Grundalm (left) and to Mitterkopf, the eastern neighbour of Kröndlhorn
Windau valley from the trail to Kröndlhorn
Windau valley from the trail to Kröndlhorn

You reach the northern trailheads by car:

  • From Munich and Salzburg direction by using the highways A 8 / A 93 and Austrian A 12 (toll road); from Innsbruck direction directly on highway A 12 (toll road) until exit “Wörgl Ost”.
  • Go on road number 178 and then 170 to Hopfgarten.
  • For Kelchsau trailhead leave road 170 at Hopfgarten after passing the railway bridge and follow Kelchsauer Landstraße to Kelchsau and to the toll station. Go left after the toll station (toll machine) and follow Kurzer Grund road to Gasthof Wegscheid with the parking area.
  • For Windau trailhead leave road number 170 at Westendorf, pass through the village and follow the road into Windau valley. Go on until you reach the parking area Krumbach at Windau valley end.
Southern view to Gerlos from Kröndlhorn summit
Southern view to Gerlos from Kröndlhorn summit
Salzachgeier (left), Aleitenspitze and Schafsiedel (right) above Kurzer Grund valley / Neue Bamberger Hütte as seen from Kröndlhorn summit
Salzachgeier (left), Aleitenspitze and Schafsiedel (right) above Kurzer Grund valley / Neue Bamberger Hütte as seen from Kröndlhorn summit

The southern trailheads can be reached

  • on road number 165, Pinzgau valley, connecting Zillertal valley / Zell am Ziller with Mittersill (road number 161 goes from Kitzbühel and Pass Thurn to Mittersill) and on road number 168 between Mittersill and Zell am See.
  • For Königsleiten trailhead leave road number 165 near Gerlospass and follow the signs to Königsleiten and the parking area of Königsleiten cable car.
  • For Gasthof Rechtegg parking area leave road number 165 between Wald im Pinzgau and Neukirchen am Großvenediger, following the Rossberg road up to the inn. There are parking lots at the inn and above at a switchback, where the forest road to Kröndlhorn branches off.
Trail junction below Reinkarsee with Kröndberg
Trail junction below Reinkarsee with Kröndberg
Rotwand Grundalm as seen from the Windau ascent to Kröndlhorn
Rotwand Grundalm as seen from the Windau ascent to Kröndlhorn

Public Transportation:

The next railway station to the north is Hopfgarten for Kelchsau and Windau im Brixental.

Bus number 4057 goes from Hopfgarten to Kelchsau. There is no public transportation to Gasthof Wegscheid. There is likewise no public transportation within Windau valley

The next railway station to the south is Zell am Ziller. Bus number 4094 goes from the railway station to Königsleiten and to Wald im Pinzgau. Please note that the Gasthof Rechtegg trailhead is about 400 m higher than the valley villages!

 

Routes Overview

Trailhead Windau, Krumbach hiker parking area:

  • Forest road to Oberkaralm, trail to Reinkarsee and to the two summits;
  • alternatively: trail to Rotwand Grundalm, trail to Rotwand Hinttalalm, trail to Reinkarsee and to the two summits;

These routes can be combined to a loop route.

Uppermost Windau valley as seen from Rotwand Grundalm
Uppermost Windau valley as seen from Rotwand Grundalm
On the Windau trail to Reinkarsee and Kröndhorn
On the Windau trail to Reinkarsee and Kröndhorn

Trailhead Wald im Pinzgau, Rossberg / Gasthof Rechtegg parking area:

  • Forest road to Sonntagsalm, Trattenbach Grundalm and Trattenbach Hochalm. Trail to the summits.

 

Trailhead Königsleiten:

  • Forest road to Salzachjoch; trail to Nadernachjoch, southwest ridge to Kröndlhorn
Windau trail to Kröndlhorn
Windau trail to Kröndlhorn
Molterfeldspitze (right) as seen on the Windau trail to Reinkarsee
Molterfeldspitze (right) as seen on the Windau trail to Reinkarsee

Trailhead Neue Bamberger Hütte:

  • Trail or forest road to Streitfeldalm; trail to Nadernachjoch and the southwest ridge to the summits.

Trailhead for Neue Bamberger Hütte is parking area Gasthof Wegscheid / Kurzer Grund at the end of Kelchsau valley. Follow the trail and in parts the forest road to the alpine club hut.

Many small ponds and lakes are at the top of Windau valley below Kröndlhorn and Molterfeldspitze
Many small ponds and lakes are at the top of Windau valley below Kröndlhorn and Molterfeldspitze
Lakes and alpine swamps below Kröndlhorn
Lakes and alpine swamps below Kröndlhorn

Traverse route:

Kröndhorn – Kröndlberg – ridge to Molterfeldspitze, Schneegrubenspitze and Schneegrubenscharte; descent to Kurzer Grund or to Windau valley possible. The route and the descents are mainly off-trail!

Reinkarsee (right) and neighbour lakes below Kröndlhorn
Reinkarsee (right) and neighbour lakes below Kröndlhorn
Short rock part below Kröndlberg
Short rock part below Kröndlberg

Ski routes:

  • One route follows the summer ascent to Neue Bamberger Hütte, starting at Kurzer Grund trailhead. One route uses the summer route to Nadernachjoch and the southwest ridge. Another route uses the Kröndl chute, a steep chute between Kröndlhorn and Kröndlberg west side. Mostly a descent route with secure avalanche condition.
  • Another route starts at Steinberghaus Inn, Windau valley and follows the forest road to the valleys end and to Oberkaralm. The route goes up to Reinkarsee and the summits. Long valley slog.
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Red Tape & Accommodation

No restrictions as far as I know.

Some roads to the trailheads are toll roads, the toll includes the parking fees.

 

The northern valleys of Windau and Kelchsau offer all kinds of accommodation:

Reinkarsee and Kröndlhorn
Reinkarsee and Kröndlhorn
Reinkarsee and Schneegrubenspitze
Reinkarsee and Schneegrubenspitze

To the south

offer all kinds of accommodation

 

Mountain huts

Neue Bamberger Hütte (huge alpine club hut with many more tour opportunities)

Gear & Mountain Condition

Kröndlhorn and Kröndlberg can be summited the whole year.

In summer and autumn all routes are easy hiking routes. All routes are rather long and fill up a long day. Only with an overnight stay at Neue Bamberger Hütte you can shorten your day.

In winter and spring Kröndlhorn is an interesting and equally long ski tour. The routes have medium difficulty, the Kröndl chute being difficult. Again Neue Bamberger Hütte can help, the hut is open from June through October and from Christmas until Easter holiday.

Full ski tour gear and avalanche gear is necessary. Check the Tirol avalanche bulletin.

Kröndlhorn/Kröndlberg (left) and Molterfeldspitze (right)
Kröndlhorn/Kröndlberg (left) and Molterfeldspitze (right)
Kröndlberg summit as seen from Kröndlhorn summit
Kröndlberg summit as seen from Kröndlhorn summit

Weather condition:

 

Maps

Alpenvereinskarte, scale 1 : 50000, number 34/1, Kitzbüheler Alpen West:

  • with trails and UTM-grid, edition 2018
  • with ski routes and UTM-grid, edition 2019

 

Österreichische Topographische Karte, scale 1 : 50000, number 3219, Neukirchen am Großvenediger,

with trails and UTM-grid, edition 2018

 

Summer wildflowers of Kröndlhorn

Dactylorhiza majalis near Reinkarsee / Kröndlhorn
Dactylorhiza majalis near Reinkarsee / Kröndlhorn
Dactylorhiza species near Reinkarsee / Kröndlhorn
Dactylorhiza species near Reinkarsee / Kröndlhorn
Arnica montana on the slopes of Kröndlhorn
Arnica montana on the slopes of Kröndlhorn
Dactylorhiza maculata on the slopes of Kröndlhorn
Dactylorhiza maculata on the slopes of Kröndlhorn
Veratrum album on the slopes of Kröndlhorn
Veratrum album on the slopes of Kröndlhorn
One of the many frogs in the Kitzbüheler lakes
One of the many frogs in the Kitzbüheler lakes
A Hieracium species on the shore of Reinkarsee
A Hieracium species on the shore of Reinkarsee
Myosotis sylvatica on the shore of Reinkarsee
Myosotis sylvatica on the shore of Reinkarsee
Traunsteinera globosa, a rather rare orchis, seen below Kröndlhorn
Traunsteinera globosa, a rather rare orchis, seen below Kröndlhorn
Rhododendron ferrugineum, the alpine rose, on the slopes of Kröndlhorn
Rhododendron ferrugineum, the alpine rose, on the slopes of Kröndlhorn
   

 

 



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