Standing high at the southern crest of Steinernes Meer / Berchtesgaden Alps
, steep Mitterhorn, placed between Breithorn
in the south, Ahlhorn
in the north and Persailhorn
in the west, is seldomly visited. This is due to a more remote location of this summit, showing steep slopes even to the north and being far from the connecting trails on the plateau of Steinernes Meer or from ascent trails onto the plateau.
The “Saalfeldener Höhenweg
” between Riemannhaus
and Peter Wiechenthaler Hütte
, placed high above Saalfelden on the southern slopes of Steinernes Meer, traverses Mitterhorn. Thus Saalfeldener Höhenweg
offers a good opportunity to summit this peak with its impressive views.
Climbing Mitterhorn from Breithorn
Arriving the valley trailheads
The main valley trailheads
for Mitterhorn are Saalfelden
or Maria Alm
on the south side of Steinernes Meer.
You reach these neighbouring villages from
You reach Saalfelden by train, too, from Kufstein
- Wörgl - Kitzbühel or from Salzburg
For the schedules please refer to the ÖBB homepage
Saalfelden / Peter Wiechenthaler Hütte
The Saalfelden trailhead is in the northern part of the town, called Bachwinkel
. Follow the main road of Bachwinkel up to its end at the beginning of the woods, there are parking areas alongside the road. Bachwinkel is signposted from the road number 164 between Saalfelden center and Lofer.
From the parking area follow the signposts to the hut via Mueßbacheck
Maria Alm / Riemannhaus
From Maria Alm
follow the road into Griesbachwinkl
and Sandten valley
. After some kilometers the road changes into a dirt road which climbs up steeply to the parking area
at about 1200 m height.
After the parking area the road is closed for public traffic. Follow the road up to the supply cableway valley station
of Riemannhaus. Follow then the trail number 401
steeply up into the valley between Breithorn and Sommerstein / Schöneck up to Ramseider Scharte
and to Riemannhaus
. Spectacular views to the Sommerstein tower.
At the last switchback of the dirtroad (about 1.500 m high) before you reach the cableway valley station there is a trail junction with signposts “Breithorn Südwandsteig
”, another more difficult ascent route from Maria Alm.
Adjacent mountain huts
as starting point can be reached, too, from the adjacent mountain huts