Schützkogel is the culmination point of a secondary range branching off from the main range Wildseeloder – Gaisstein at Gamshag. It is a twin summit, Schützkogel is called the northern twin whereas the southern one is, astonishingly enough, unnamed on maps but has a summit cross. Nevertheless localscall it “Kleiner Schütz”. Located near the town of Kitzbühel, Schützkogel is part of the Glemmtaler Alpen of Kitzbüheler Alpen area.
The Schützkogel north ridge, called Auf der Schütz, borders Kelchalm valley (or Grüntal valley) to the west and divides this secondary valley from the main valley between Kitzbühel and Pass Thurn (Jochberg valley).
Whereas Schützkogel is mainly a traverse summit in summer – many hikers proceed to Gamshag or are coming from this summit, in winter Schützkogel is mainly a separate ski tour. The west slopes above Jochberg are a good up- and downhill route for skiers.
Hikers who start at Kelchalm trailhead are in a historic interesting part of Kitzbüheler Alpen. Already 3000 years ago, Illyrian people started mining on copper ores in the area. From 1769 to 1900, copper ores where mined on a greater scale, the ruins of some mining buildings and the old mine dumps are still visible near the trailhead.
Trailheads for Schützkogel are:
You reach the Kelchalm or Jochberg trailhead by car:
From Munich or Salzburg directions by using highway A 8 and A 95 to Kufstein and A 12 (toll road) to exit Wörgl Ost; from Innsbruck likewise on A 12 to the indicated exit.
Go first on road number 178, then on road number 170 to Kirchberg and Kitzbühel. Turn on road number 161 in the direction to Pass Thurn.
For Kelchalm valley take Grüntalweg at Jochberg, Hotel Wiesenegg. Follow the road into Kelchalm valley until you reach the parking area “Pochwerk” an old ore mine place. The road is restricted for guests of Kelchalm / Bochumer Hütte.
For Jochberg trailhead go on road number 161 to Jochberg center and turn on Erlauweg. Follow this road to the end (parking area), crossing Jochberger Ache
Next railroad station is
Bus number 4010 goes from Kitzbühel to Jochberg.
I only mention the main routes to the summits. There are several more possibilities to climb Schützkogel.
Trailhead Pochwerk Kelchalm valley:
Follow the forest road to Niederkaseralm and Schichtenalm. A marked narrow trail starts here and zigzags up the east slopes to Schichtenalm Hochleger and to the Schützkogel north ridge. Follow the north ridge to the summit. Easy, beautiful.
Traverse to the unnamed twin of Schützkogel, Kleiner Schütz, about 20 minutes. Easy, nice landscape.
Trailhead Jochberg, Erlauweg:
Follow the trail through Sintersbach valley or take the forest road above the valley ground and follow the trail and/or forest road to Wildalm. Follow a trail straight up then to the right. At Wildhochalm turn left, traverse on a trail below Gamshag to the notch between Schützkogel and the unnamed twin. From there shortly to the summits.
To Gamshag, Tor, Tristkogel, Saaljoch
The Schützkogel ski route starts at Jochberg center, crosses Jochberger Ache and climbs the west slopes of Schützkogel first on forest roads or up the clearings and after Waldhausalm to the east over broad slopes to the upper north ridge and to the summit. Downhill likewise.
Please respect road restrictions and parking fees.
No nature protection area as far as I know.
Accommodation in the valleys
You can summit Schützkogel the whole year round.
In winter and spring, Schützkogel is an easy ski tour which nevertheless require full ski tour and avalanche gear.
Check the Tirol avalanche bulletin here.
In late spring, summer and autumn, Schützkogel is an easy hike. You need normal hiking gear, good shoes and maybe hiking poles. There are several hiking traverse options for one day or for several days.
Weather for Kitzbühel:
Alpenvereinskarte, scale 1 : 50000
number 34/2 Kitzbüheler Alpen, östliches Blatt;