Northern ridge

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South Tyrol (Alto Adige), Italy, Europe
Route Type:
Hike and Scramble
Time Required:
Half a day

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Northern ridge
Created On: Mar 16, 2004
Last Edited On: Mar 16, 2004


From Italy
Take the Brenner motorway (A22) which you leave at Bozen (Bolzano) south. Take S38 (Vinschgauer Staatsstrasse) northwards towards Meran (Merano). The road follows the Etsch (Adige) Valley into Vinschgau (Val Venosta). Follow the road westwardsuntil you reach Tschengls (Sengles). (Here S38 goes on towards Europes highest pass, Stilfser Joch (Passo dello Stelvio)). Instead follow S40 northwards until you reach St. Valendin auf der Haide (S. Valentino alla Muta).

From Austria
Take Inntalautobahn (Motorway A12) westward from Innsbruck to Landeck. At Landeck turn onto road 180 which winds its way upwards the upper Inn valley towards Nauders. Between Nauders and Reschen (Résia) you cross the border and are directly on the shore of Reschensee (Lago di Résia). Go onwards until St. Valendin auf der Haide (S. Valentino alla Muta).

From Switzerland
Take motorway A3 from Zürich or E43 from Bregenz southwards in the direction of Chur. Shortly after the motorways meet turn off onto road 28, direction Davos. Behind Davos at Susch the road splits (27 / 28). You can take either roads - the southern one (28) leads you over Ofenpass (Passo dal Fuorn) into Vinschgau (there take SS40 northwards to St Valentin), the northern one (27) goes to the swiss-austrian border near Pfunds where you turn southwards again on 180 and head for Nauders, Reschen and St Valentin.

From St. Valetnin take the cable car to Haider Alm, where the actual ascent starts.

Route Description

Altitude gain: 1000m
Duration: 5h
Difficulty: Hike and Scramble
Trailhead: Haider Alm above Haider See

This is by far the more intriguing route towards Seebödenspitze. Since it crosses two other summits, Zehnerkopf and Elferspitze this coulbe be added to their pages as well. he ridge crossing gives you 3h worth of fine views of all major summits in the eastern Alps.

From Haider Alm take Trail no 14 which leads in the direction of Schöneben. Before you reach the ski lifts at Schöneben turn left and upwards (Trail 11) first over meadows later over boulders towards Zehnerkopf (2872m). Here take a rest and afterwards turn south towards Elferspitze (2925m). The descent is a scramble over boulders into a saddle. From there climb steeply to Elferspitze (the whole trail between the summits shouldn't take you more than 1h.

From Elferspitze another scramble leads you to Haider Scharte (2746m). From there southwards to Northern Seebödenspitze (2823m) and onwards to the main summit (2859m).

Essential Gear

Just normal hiking gear is neccessary. The climb isn't even very long so you might even do it without fresh water supply. The cable car station at Haider Alm provides you with all nourishments you might need.