Schartschrofen as seen from south route
The summit of Schartschrofen, which means “rock of the col” is indeed a prominent rock located between the cols of Gelbe Scharte
to the south and Hallergehrenjoch
to the north. In comparison with the much higher and much more prominent summits of Rote Flüh
, Schartschrofen is a sort of second or third row summit.
I thought so, too, but I changed my mind and climbed Schartschrofen twice in 2012, first time, coming from Große Schlicke
to inspect the Friedberger Klettersteig
, a Via Ferrata on the east side of Schartschrofen. I abandoned the idea of descending the Via Ferrata as many, many people came crawling up. I turned round after a long summit break and descended the normal route to Hallergehrenjoch and Raintal to Musau.
Only one week later I did the “Tannheimer triple jump”: Gimpel, Rote Flüh and, via Friedensweg and Friedberger Klettersteig, again Schartschrofen, all in all a very nice outing and a lazy afternoon hour on Schartschrofen summit, which is an excellent lookout, despite of its minor height. The views to the west and southwest are beautiful and the aspect of steep Gimpel, Rote Flüh and the north faces of the Tannheimer Berge main summits dominating Raintal are just breathtaking.
Many factors not to be a “second or third row summit”!
Gimpel and (right below)Schartschrofen as seen from Große Schlicke
Main trailheads for Schartschrofen are
parking area ascend on the forest road number 413
inn and to Gessenwang Alpe
. There are some shortcuts possible on the old foot trail.
choose trail number 412
until it crosses a forest road at 1336 m. Go right on the road until you reach Gessenwang Alpe
At the Alpe follow trail number 413
up to Hallergehrenjoch
. Turn right onto the summit trail
Füssener Jöchl trail
A short one: from Füssener Jöchl cablecar mountain station
follow trail number 414
to Reintaljoch and to Hallergehrenjoch
. Go straight on to the summit.
From Musau railway station
follow the steep trail to Achsel and proceed on the forest road into Raintal valley until you reach Musauer Alm
Alternatively follow the forest road, starting at Musau / Bärenfalle
parking area, which, too, leads into Raintal valley and to Musauer Alm.
Schartschrofen south Schartschrofen as seen from Raintal Gimpel, Rote Flüh, Friedberger Steig
Proceed on the road until you reach Füssener Hütte
. Take trail 413
and climb alternatively Hallergehrenjoch
to your right or Gelbe Scharte
to your left.
At Hallergehrenjoch turn left onto the summit trail
At Gelbe Scharte gear up, turn right and ascend Schartschrofen on Friedberger Klettersteig
, in its part between Rote Flüh and Gelbe Scharte also called "Friedensweg
", is a route using the connecting ridge between Rote Flüh
Follow the south route
or the Musau route
via Hallergehrenjoch, starting at Musau / Bärenfalle.
Easy ski routes for beginners; the ascent to Hallergehrenjoch is steep in its upper parts.
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There are no special restrictions in this area as far as I know.
Chamois at the summit trail Schartschrofen, Gelbe Scharte Gimpel as seen from Hallergehrenjoch
You find hotels, campgrounds and other accommodation at
Tannheimer Tal (Grän, Haldensee, Haller, Nesselwängle)
Otto Mayr Hütte
Summit view to the west: Allgäu Alps
Schartschrofen can be summited all year round
It is an easy hiking summit in late spring, summer and autumn.
is a Via Ferrata
for beginners (difficulty B/C). Self belaying kit and helmet are recommended.
In winter and spring, ski routes from Musau and Tannheim valley offer an easy ski tour to the summit. You need full ski tour gear and your avalanche gear.
Check the Tirol avalanche bulletin here.
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Guide Books / Internet
View from summit trail Schartschrofen and Allgäu Alps