Steinfeldspitze from Zauchensee via W-NW ridge

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Austria, Europe
Route Type:
Summer, Fall
Time Required:
Half a day
Difficult hike-up (T4)

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Steinfeldspitze from Zauchensee via W-NW ridge
Created On: Oct 3, 2014
Last Edited On: Aug 28, 2015


When hiking over highly degraded ski slopes above Zauchensee, one can hardly imagine that above 1900 m of altitude, and especially on the summit ridge, the scenery will change so much. The upper part of this hike is very nice and panoramic.

General Information

Steinfeldspitze map
On the NW ridge of Steinfeldspitze
Views from the ridge
Overall difficulty: It's a hiking tour, difficulties are concentrated on the summit ridge. There, parts of trail are protected by cables, but on many places there is no protection and easy climbing (UIAA I) is needed. Rock is brittle and the path is very exposed. On the Swiss Hiking Scale its difficulty would be graded T4, a place or two perhaps even T5.

Orientation: Easy, all the time marked.

Exposition: Some places are exposed, so a lot of care is needed.

Best season: Dry months of season (June to October).

Gear: Good shoes and poles. Rope for less experienced or children.

Tour start: Zauchensee, 1361 m. See the main page how to get there.

Highest point: 2344 m.

Altitude to overcome: 1000 m.

Time for ascent: 3 h 30 min.

Route Description

On the saddle below Gamskogel
On the saddle below Gamskogel
From the parking place we follow the inscriptions on plates towards the W. We gain some 250 m by a road, then we follow ski slopes towards the SW to Gamskogelhuette, 1878 m. From there we continue towards the SW and soon reach the shore of artificial lake in Seekarkessel, 1960 m. Ski slopes continue also above it. We follow them towards the S, where we find a crossroads. The horizontal route follows the road towards the E, below Gamskogel, while we deter right and cross a high plateau towards the S. Nice marked path is winding through the landscape, then it ascends some 50 m on a distinct saddle between Gamskogel on the left and Schwarzkopf on the right. Nice views open towards the E and towards the SE, on the northern face of Steinfeldspitze.

From the saddle we follow a weak path towards the right, by the ridge towards Schwarzkopf. But only a few minutes, then the path starts crossing the E slopes of Schwarzkopf. It is narrow, but without any difficulties we reach in some 15 minutes the notch in the NW ridge of Steinfeldspitze. Great views towards the SW open!

On the W ridge of Steinfeldspitze
By the W ridge
Descending from the ridge
Descending the ridge
Along the ridge we immediately meet a few sections, where the path is secured by cables. The path is narrow, and some easy climbing is needed. Then the path switches to the other side of the ridge, where it soon goes more steeply up. We scramble by a rocky, crumbly terrain up and soon reach the main ridge again. By it and partly by its northern side we continue towards the E. We pass the W foresummit and gain a bump in the ridge, where the path can't continue by it any more. The arrow on the rock directs us steeply down towards the south. The cable lies on the ground and is of little help, unless we want to crawl down. Also continuing over a very steep grassy slope is unpleasant and very exposed. Then a crossing follows, where the route is not protected, in the grass we see only a few old pegs which probably once held a cable. By a narrow ledge around a rocky edge we reach a shallow ravine, then the path starts to ascend again. By steep scrambling we finally reach the summit ridge and by it the highest point.