The Mottakopf Summit
is probably the easternmost summit of the Schesaplana-Group
of the Rätikon Range
. It stands at the end of a short ridge, which originates in Wildberg
, then runs eastwards to Mottakopf
, only to drop steeply to Mittelberg
a hill like summit above Brand
, the tourist center in the east of Rätikon. The ridge, while short, is very impressive dropping for about 1500m before it reaches the valley floor. The south side is dominated by steep alpine meadows which reach up to the summit while to the north the ridge drops off in vertical or overhanging faces.
is a typical summit for the northern limestone Alps. Most of it is covered in Greenery while only the very summit block appears to be more solid. In this case the summit block is made up from about 40m of solid dolomite with a weakness of 50m width in which the meadows reach almost up to the top. The whole area is used for sheep and cattle grazing so that more often than not you will find the summit occupied by a flock of these animals.
During the ascent of Mottakopf
you can admire one of the Alps most impressive cirques, a slightly smaller version of Cirque de Garvanie
in the Pyrenees. It is located between Seekopf
and drops from 2900m down to about 1400m. The Garvanie impression is made complete by a big waterfall, which however, doesn't reach the height of its famous counterpart.
Thanks to the location on the end of its ridge Mottakopf
is a perfect lookout peak. It looks out across Brandnertal Valley
and offers wonderful close-up and deep views into the Rätikon Range
. For any further views you obviously need clear weather, which we didn't have during our ascent.
The whole Sonnenlagant area beneath the Wildberg Ridge
is an Eldorado for marmots. We had the luck of observing a whole family with the young couriously observing us while the parents coolly looked on. I never had the opportunity to observe young marmots up close. They appear to be more intelligent than they probably are ;-)
360° Summit Panorama
360° summit panorama Mottakopf
Zalimkamm seen from Mottakopf
Trailhead for Mottakopf
is the end of Brandnertal
. If you take the road to the Lünersee Cable-Car
you'll reach a bend in the road, where it takes you across the Gletscherbach Creek
. A few metres behind the curve there is a small parking space (4 cars). The trailhead starts back at the bend in the road (signs).
itself has its own exit on motorway A14
and is located directly opposite of the regional capital Bludenz
. The motorway connects Bregenz
on Lake Constance
(and thus the border region between Switzerland, Austria and Germany) with Innsbruck
across Arlberg Pass or Tunnel
. Thus the area can be very easily reached.
There's no Red Tape here. Obviously, as the region is used for cattle grazing any fences or gates need to be closed after you hike through them.
Brandnertal reaching all the way down to Bludenz
Since Brandnertal is a well known ski area there is plenty of accommodation nearby. You can use the following link:
Also, in Bürserberg, near the mouth of the valley, there is a campground if you are inclined this way.
Maps & Books
- Brandnertal / Nenzinger Himmel / Rätikon
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