Compared to the mountains around, Kraspesspitze is not a very prominent peak. But once you' ve noticed it you start to see the beautifully shaped summit. Especially from the north the peak impresses with its sharp ridges and rough appearance. The Finstertal Reservoir at the bottom of its north slopes adds an additional spot of color.
The mountain is placed within a great part of the Sellrain mountains. The summit offers a splendid view around. Across the Sellrain valley you have a look onto Wetterstein
and Lechtal Alps
. Looking over the Öztal valley to the south-west the heart of Öztal Alps
is clearly visible. Only directly to the south, Zwieselbacher Rosskogl
quite blocks the view. Although the view is not as spectecular as from Sulzkogl
the mountain is not crowded that much which is quite an advantage.
The summit cross of Kraspesspitze is placed on an unnamed peak nearby. According to the AV map the true summit of Kraspesspitze is a few meters lower and a bit more to the south. I think the reason for this is, that this "false" summit is visible from the valleys. Additionally the views from the summit cross are fine since you see the Finstertal Reservoir, which isn' t visible from the real summit.
Maps And Routes Overview
- From Kühtai
Starting at Kühtai you follow one of the trails up to Finstertal Reservoir. From there you follow the trail along the lake and turn south at the point the path splits into a trail to Finstertalscharte and Sulzkogl. Get up to the ridge and follow either the ridge or the trail up to the summit.
- From Niederthai via Guben-Schweinfurter hut
Follow trail #142 from Niederthai to the hut (signs) and further up towards north-east into the Weites Kar. From there follow the trail straight up to the summit.
- From Haggen
Starting at Haggen a few kilometers from Kühtai, you have to follow the trail towards the south up to Kraspessee. From there you have to ascent the east slope directly up to the summit.
Long-term, but sometimes inaccurate weather forecast for the city of Kühtai.
Quite accurate five day forecast.
- OEAV weather forecast
Weather forecast especially for mountaineering porpuses. Unfortunately this page is available in german only.
- Avalanche report (Tyrol/Austria)
There is a link on the left side of the page to the english version of the avalanche report (PDF format).
Several webcams in and around Kühtai.
The first webcam is at Dortmunder hut looking west. The second must be placed somewhere close to Drei Seenhut looking towards Pirchkogel (to the north). The next one looks towards Gaißkogel/Pockkogel from Drei Seenhut. The last webcam shows the Chruch of Kühtai.
There are mainly two ways to get to Kraspesspitze:
- From the north via the Sellrain road through Kühtai
- Via the Öztal valley to the west
Both approaches start at the Inntal valley which has a good highway connection to Switzerland, Italy and Germany. The Öztal valley has a direct connection to Italy via the Timmesjoch pass (which is closed because of its height of close to 2500m during the snowy months).
If coming via the Sellrain valley you have to drive to the village of Kühtai. There are enough places to park and I haven' t seen that you have to pay for parking. From the main road several trails lead up the south slopes up to the Finstertal Reservoir.
The approach via Öztal leads you to the small town of Umhausen where the road to Niederthai splits from the main road. After reaching Niederthai you have to cross the river to the left to reach the parking lot. The trail towards Kraspesspitze starts at the bridge you' ve crossed to get to the parking lot following the river.
Using public transportation it is quite complicated to get to the trailheads and takes a long time. Your only chance is bus #4166
driving from Innsbruck to Küthai. Additionally bus #4196
connects Kühtai with Imst. Both Imst and Innsbruck have access to the railroads of the Inntal providing connections to Switzerland, Italy and Germany as well as to other parts of Austria.
For more information abouth austrian trains/buses visit the homepage of the ÖBB
(unfortunately in german only).
There are no permits, fees or seasonal closures.
Parking at the parking lots at Kühtai is free. During the summer months you won' t have problems getting a place to put car. I guess it' s completely the opposite during the winter with the ski-area running. I don' t have information about the parking lot at Niederthai.
When To Climb
Kraspesspitze is visited the hole year. Since Sulzkogl which is quite near is a bit higher and offers the better views, Kraspesspitze is quite neglected. But if you choose quietness Sulzkogl is not your choice...
- Stubaier Alpen
Rother Verlag (www.rother.de)
On the left side of the page is an input form. If you enter Kraspesspitze and click on go you get two results. Double clicking on one of the results focuses the map on the summit of Kraspesspitze.