A long and high, south to north running ridge is bordering Achensee lake to the west; the southern end of it is called Seebergspitze. Seebergspitze and the northern end of this ridge, Seekarspitze, are two well known and popular hiking summits, the ridge itself is a nice traverse, too. Jammed between the much higher mountains of Rofan to the east and the Karwendel ranges to the west and south, Seebergspitze and the ridge traverse to Seekarspitze nevertheless offers good views on the adjacient ranges and areas.
To the south, Seebergspitze shows steep dwarf pine and alpine wood slopes, building the northern delimitation of Pertisau village and Pletzach valley. The rugged eastern rock face above Achensee lake is always a spectacular sight. The western slopes down to the lush meadows of Pasillalm and wild Oberautal are steep and rugged, too. There is an east ridge down to Pasill col, which links the Seekar – Seeberg ridge with the even longer and more remote ridge between Hohe Gans and Schreckenspitze, some rather unknown summits of Pre-Karwendel mountains. “Pfanne” (pan) is called a small cirque northwest of the summit of Seebergspitze framed by steep limestone slabs. From may through july beautiful and abundand wildflowers are blossoming on the meadows and even in the rock parts of that mountain. From time to time, an ibex, coming from Karwendel ranges, visits the Pasillalm area and the Seeberg – Seekar ridge. Pasillalm, a little alp village, offers food and drinks in the summer months. The traverse route to or from Seekarspitze with the descent via Pasillalm, to Pertisau or to Achenkirch village and a return trip on the Achensee ships can make a more than satisfying day on Seebergspitze.
The main trailheads for Seebergpitze are: Achenkirch / Scholastika, parking area “Hinterwinkl”; Pertisau; best parking area is Cableway parking area or Pletzachalm parking area (short toll road). You reach Achenkirch or Pertisau:
The next railway station is at Jenbach / Inntalvalley. See the railway schedule of ÖBB here. From Jenach take the Achensee Railway to Pertisau and the ship to Achenkirch / Scholastika. The timetables can be checked here. Alternatively take the bus number 4080 from Jenbach to Pertisau or Achenkirch.
The following main routes are leading to Seebergspitze:
Pertisau direct route
Trailhead: Pertisau Cableway parking area (or village)
Route Details: Cross Pertisau village in northern direction, cross the Pletzach creek on a foot bridge and go left or right, until a trail branches off and ascends the south slopes of Seebergspitze. Both trails meet at about 1450 m height. Follow the steep trail up to Roßalm (ruins) and to the summit.
Pertisau - Pasillsattel route
Trailhead: Pletzachalm parking area
Route Details: From Pletzachalm parking area shortly go north on a road and follow the forest road zigzagging up the south slopes of Pasillsattel. Alternatively use the trail right of the road to shortcut some switchbacks. At the end of the road (approximately at 1260 m) follow the trail up to Pasillsattel. Turn right on the trail to the Seebergspitze west ridge and follow the trail up this ridge through dwarf pine thickets until you reach the summit (short rock scramble at the end of the route).
Traverse to Seekarspitze
Route Details: Descend on the steep north ridge trail, starting at Seebergspitze summit (some rock scramble) until you reach the lowest notch between Seebergspitze and Seekarspitze (1924 m). Follow the trail, ascending the Seekarspitze south ridge on the ridge crest or sometimes left or right of it until you reach the Seekarspitze summit.
Seekaralm – Pasillalmen route
Trailhead: Hinterwinkl parking area
Route Details: At the parking area cross Oberautal creek and follow the forest road. At a road junction take the left, ascending road and follow it up to Koglalm. You may use the old trail in the upper part which branches off to your right after the second switchback and does some nice shortcuts between the roads switchbacks and joins the road again near Koglalm. From Koglalm follow the road to Seekaralm or use again the old trail which branches off to your left after the crossing of a creek. The trail rejoins the road near Seekaralm.
You reach Seekaralm alternatively by using the trail north of Oberautal creek top the northwest and west. Take the first trail to your left, cross the creek and ascend the woods on the trail; this one, too, brings you up to Seekaralm. At Seekaralm take the left forest road which circles round the northern slopes of Seekarspitze and ascends the western slopes of the mountain to a col, called “Die Winteränger” between the Seekarspitze – Seebergspitze ridge and a secondary summit, called Schoberkopf and Wilde Kirche, standing amidst the meadows of Pasillalmen. At the col there is a trail junction, take the left hand trail whichs ascends the cirque, called “Pfanne” to the lowest notch in the ridge Seekarspitze – Seebergspitze (1924 m). Turn right on the north ridge trail to Seebergspitze.
Alternatively descend from “Die Winteränger” to Pasillalmen on the forest road and take the trail to Pasillsattel. Turn left there on the trail via west ridge (some easy rock scrambling) to Seebergspitze.
Trailhead: Hinterwinkl parking area
Route Details: This trail unfortunately is officially closed due to some landslides below Schreckenspitze in Oberautal. The trail, however, can be used but is no longer maintained, so you may meet some nasty parts. Cross the Oberautal creek at the trailhead, follow the forest road and take the right road at the first road junction. Cross the creek again, go straight on and turn left on Oberautal forest road. Follow this road into Oberautal until you arrive at the first switchback. Take the trail branching off to your left and follow that now closed and not maintained trail until you arrive at Pasillalmen. At Pasillalmen take the forest road to your left and follow the road up to the col “Die Winteränger”. At the trail junction follow the right trail, ascending the cirque “Pfanne” to the lowest notch in the ridge Seekarspitze – Seebergspitze (1924 m). Turn right on the north ridge trail to Seebergspitze.
Alternatively turn left at Pasillalmen on the trail to Pasillsattel and then via west ridge (some easy rock scrambling) to Seebergspitze.
Seebergspitze is part of the Alpenpark Karwendel, an important National Park of Tirol / Austria. The entrance is free.
Please respect the following rules in the National Park:
You find accommodation at:
Seebergspitze is a nice hike during spring, summer and autumn. Normal hiking gear and good boots are sufficient.
Gaiters can be useful during a springtime hike.
Alpenvereinskarte, scale 1 : 25.000, number 5/3, Karwendelgebirge Ost,
trails, with UTM grid, München 2005
Bayerische Topographische Karte, scale 1 : 50.000, map number UK50-51, Karwendel, Landesamt für Vermessung und Geoinformation Bayern, 2008, with UTM-grid for GPS
Heinrich Klier, Fritz März, und Walter Klier: Alpenvereinsführer Karwendelgebirge alpin, Bergverlag Rother, 2005