Starting point is the alpine hut "Purtschellerhaus"
(1692 m) in the north of "Hoher Goell".
You can get to "Purtschellerhaus" either by hiking from Berchtesgaden (1100 meters ascent, about 3 to 4 hours), by taking the bus to Obersalzberg/Klaushoehe and hiking the remaining distance (700 meters ascent, about 2 hours) or by driving the car to Enzianhütte (500 meters ascent, about 1,5 hours) or Ahornkaser (300 meters ascent, about 1 hour).
If you don't return on the same route but want to traverse "Hoher Goell" the best option is to park your car at the big parking site at the south gate of the toll road Rossfeldstrasse at Klaushoehe and hike from there to the hut. At first for half an hour along the road up to Enzianhuette and then the small gravel road to Eckersattel. For returning to your car you descent from Stahlhaus to Hinterbrand and take the bus to Klaushoehe (first bus at 9.45 in the morning).
From "Purtschellerhaus" you walk the good path along the grassy hill until the rocks of the northeast ridge. Up the slope to the top of the ridge (there is a cross), on the other side a few meters down and then straight until the ridge gets very steep. Here the marked route divides. To the right is the so-called "Schusterweg", left the so-called "Kamin"(chimney). Both are UIAA Grade I and secured with wire ropes and iron pins. Both routes reunite at the top of the ridge.
From here on there are no more technical difficulties (maybe some snowfields in early summer) but a long and boring ascent over rock and gravel to the summit.
The whole route is all the way marked with red spots and as long as there is no snow in the route or heavy fog it's almost impossible to get lost!
The whole hike takes about 2,5 hours from "Purtschellerhaus" to the summit.
In the summer months there is no gear necessary.
In early spring (and of course in winter) there can be a lot of snow in the north facing ascents and also snowfields on the wide shoulder to the summit. So crampons could be useful.
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