Page Type Page Type: Mountain/Rock
Location Lat/Lon: 47.38220°N / 10.77304°E
Activities Activities: Hiking, Skiing
Seasons Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Additional Information Elevation: 7762 ft / 2366 m
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ZugspitzeZugspitze from the summit

Roter Stein has a visibility problem. From Fernpass to the south and from the east Gartnerwand with its huge south slope looks more interresting than this rocky peak. From the north you see the mountain only from around the city of Bichlbach or while driving from Bichlbach to Berwang. And at least from the west there are only a few places where it is visible from the valley. But don' t think this hidden mountain is not popular or seldomly visited. It is summited quite often since if offers four nice ridges and a spectacular summit block towering over gentle and grassy slopes with lots of cows and goats. Additionally the flora on this mountain is pretty beautiful and worth a second look.

There are two major trails to the top of Roter Stein which are secured by iron cables on some places. Both routes offer no problems and are beautiful according to the views down and to the surrounding mountains. During the winter months the summit is visited as well from the north (Bichlbächle) and east (Fernpass). The approach from the west is too dangerous in winter because of the big and steep west-slope of Kamp (2014m/6608ft).

Heart of Ötztal AlpsWildspitze

Roter Stein offers a breath taking summit panorama although there are several higher summits nearby. Looking towards Zugspitze across Gartnerwand si spectacular as well as the views of the western Mieming Range. To the south you have a look onto the glaciated peaks of Stubai Alps and Öztal Alps. Especially the view of Wildspitze and Hintere Brochkogel is amazing.

Summing all up Roter Stein is a beautiful mountain which is worth a visit if you want to ejoy a beautiful day with great views. But remember that you aren' t alone on this mountain, because it isn' t as unpopular or seldomly visited as I expected it to be. But if you want to escape from the people I recommend to add a traverse of Kreuzjoch towards Fernstein to your trip after summiting Roter Stein, since you' ll enter the lonely but splendid area around Kreuzjoch.

Maps And Routes Overview



  • From Bichlbach
    Follow the "Panoramaweg" (panorama trail - I don' t know why...) until trail 618 leads into the Stockach valley. Passing Bichlbächle you approch the steep ascent to Bichlbächler Jöchle. You' ll reach a trail splitting shortly after leaving the road to Bichlbächle. Trust the small trail leading on and don' t cross the river to follow the broader trail. After reaching Bichlbächler Jöchle you traverse Schafsköpfle and start to ascent the summit block of Roter Stein (some iron cables, but nothing difficult).
  • From Berwang
    Follow trail 612 into the Älpetal and up to Roter Stein (some iron cable here as well). This route and the route from Bichlbach can be combined to a nice traverse.
  • From Fernpass
    Starting at Hotel Fernpass trail 612 leads into the Kälbertal towards Galtberghut. From there turn right (north) towards Bichlbächler Jöchle. Don' t miss the turn left up to Roter Stein from where the route from Bichlbach joins.

You have the possibility to traverse Kreuzjoch to/from Fernstein if you want to do a huge trip with spectacular views. Look at the page of Kreuzjoch for more information.

Steep south ridgeSouth ridge (from Fernpass/Bichlbächler Jöchle
approach from eastRoter Stein in winter

Panoramic Views

Looking south-west at about 2100m during the ascent of Roter Stein.

360° panorama from the summit of Roter Stein.

Getting There

Relaxing at the right placeRelaxing cows

The trailheads of Roter Stein are either Bichlbach/Berwang or Fernpass.

By car

If you come from the south you need to get to the city of Nassereith first. This is easy since Nassereith has a connetion to Imst (road 189) and from there you have access to highway A12 (Inntal highway). Via this highway you reach Italy and Germany via Innsbruck or Italy and Switzerland via Landeck. From Nassereith road 179 lead up the Fernpass. Following the road you reach Bichlbach (or the road to Berwang) after a few kilometers.
From the north you have access to Bichlbach/Berwand via road 179 either from Garmisch-Partenkirchen via Ehrwald or directly from Reutte. From both cities you have good road connections into Germany.

By train/bus

The trailhead at Bichlbach is easily reached by using the Ausserfernbahn connecting Garmisch-Partenkirchen and Reutte. From Garmisch-Partenkirchen you have access to the german railroads. The trailheads at Fernpass are a bit more complicated since you have to take a bus which drives quite seldomly (but often enough). The bus line connects Reutte via Ehrwald and Fernpass with Nassereith. A ride from Fernpass to Ehrwald costs 2 Euros (July 2008).
For more information about austrian or german schedules of trains and busses visit (austrian trains/busses) or (german trains/busses).

Mountain Conditions


  • [Nassereith]
    Long term, but sometimes inaccurate weather forecast for the city of Nassereith at the bottom of Fernpass.
  • ZAMG
    Not as detailed as the link above, but quite accurate forecasts.
  • OEAV weather forecast
    Weather forecast especially for mountaineering porpuses. Unfortunately this page is available in german only.
  • Avalanche report (Tyrol/Austria)
    This german internet page offers the current avalanche report for Tyrol. A link to the current avalanche report in english (pdf document) is on the left side.


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Red Tape

There are no fees, permits or seasonal closures.

Parking at the trailhead at Fernpass is next to impossible since everyone makes a stop there to enjoy the views or to take a rest. If you decide to start at Fernpass I recommend to park at Ehrwald and to use public transportation to and from Fernpass.
The trailheads at Berwang or Bichlbach offer parking lots since the is a little ski area, but I don' t know if parking is free.


There is no hut directly on the monutain. The closest hut is Loreahut (see Kreuzjoch page for more information). The area around Ehrwald is very touristic and has lots of hotels and places to stay. For more information visit the multilangual hompage of the area.

When To Climb

Roter Stein is climbed the hole year. I guess there is quite a constant "visitors rate".