|Season:||Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter|
|Elevation:||9009 ft / 2746 m|
Tuxer Kreuzspitze is the northern neighbour of Rosenjoch, the highest peak of the northwestern part of Tuxer Alpen. Whereas Rosenjoch is more of a broad ridge with a summit which could host more than 100 people easily, Tuxer Kreuzspitze is a rather steep and rocky outcrop with three sharp ridges to the south (Rosenjoch), north (Glungezer) and west (Durrenseespitze and Morgenkogel) and consequently a smaller and sharp rock summit.
Nevertheless Tuxer Kreuzspitze is an easy hiking and skiing summit. Only the south ridge requires some rock scrambling to reach the summit. There is a steel rope helping you up or down.
Standing high above the beautiful cirques of Rosengarten / Durrensee to the west and Seegrube to the northwest, Tuxer Kreuzspitze is a mountain worth a visit. The most interesting traverse is that from Glungezer to Grafmartspitze, including Tuxer Kreuspitze as one of several summits. It is a hike with some rock scrambling and a breathtaking panorama. Equally interesting is the ascent via Arztal valley, including Rosenjoch with a short loop route.
Main trailheads for Tuxer Kreuzspitze is Oberellbögen or Meissner Haus.
You can reach Oberellbögen trailhead by car.
For Meissner Haus use best Patscherkofel cable car (highway exit "Patsch", then to Patsch village and straight on to Patscherkofel valley station) to the summit and descend via Boscheben to Meissner Haus
Nearest railway station is Matrei am Brenner. There is, as far as I know, a bus number 4141 running between Matrei and Innsbruck railway station with a bus stop “Ellbögen / Gattinger” where Oberellbögen road branches off Ellbögener Landesstraße. ¾ hours walk from there to the trailhead
For Arztaler Alm and for Meissner Haus exist a private shuttle service which can be booked here.
Trailhead Oberellbögen / Hinterlarcher (dark red route on the topo map)
Parking area – Hinterlarcher – forest road to Arztal Alm – trail junction before reaching Arztal Hochleger – left hand trail to trail junction below Rosengarten cirque.
Take the trail straight on to Rosengarten cirque and Durrensee. Climb up the col between Durrenseespitze and Tuxer kreuzspitze and use the steep west ridge to the summit.
For a nice loop scramble down the west ridge of Kreuzspitze, traverse to Rosenjoch summit and return to the above mentioned trail junction via Rosenjoch west ridge.
Trailhead Meissner Haus (orange route on the topo map)
Meissner Haus - Viggar Niederleger - Seegrube - west ridge to the summit
Traverse routes (yellow routes on the above topo map):
The Tuxer Kreuzspitze has no restrictions, as far as I know.
Accommodation can be found at:
Arztaler Alm (private hut, overnight stay possible)
Tuxer Kreuzspitze can be summited the whole year.
In summer and autumn Tuxer Kreuzspitze is an easy but rather long hike which requires hiking gear and good boots. Some traverse routes require easy rock scrambling!
In winter and spring you need full ski tour and avalanche gear. Check the Tirol avalanche bulletin here.
Valley weather (Ellbögen)
Mountain weather (Patscherkofel)
Alpenvereinskarte, scale 1 : 50.000
Number 31/5, Innsbruck
with trails and UTM-grid