Zwieselbacher Roßkogel is a mighty double peaked mountain seperating the Kraspestal from the Zwieselbachtal. The glacier to the north is one of the rapidly dying glaciers of the Sellrain area of the Stubai Alps
. From all other directions the mountain impresses with high walls and steep slopes towering over the Zwieselbach-valley.
Although the mountain is quite high compared to the mountains of the Sellrain, it is almost invisible from the valley-roads. The only possibility to see the mountain from the inside of your car is from the village Niederthai in the Öztal valley (and from some places around the city of Innsbruck). But on the other hand this means that you hardly see any civilization except of the broad Inntal valley with the city of Innsbruck.
Since the mountain is one of the highest of the norther Sellrain area, the views to the north, east and west are perfect with no higher moutain close. To the south the views get stopped quite short by the higher southern Sellrain mountains. But this still provides spectecular views into the Stubai Alps
and Öztal Alps
. Taking it all together the summit offers a beautiful 360° panorama which is worth enjoying a while.
One of the negative aspects of Zwieselbacher Roßkogel is its popularity. It is frequently visited the hole year. During the summit months mostly via the souther routes. In winter the norther route from Haggen offers a long but splendid skitour with beautiful slopes and great views along the valley.
Maps And Routes Overview
- From Haggen via Kraspesferner
Starting at Haggen you follow the trail into the Kraspes-valley and in a huge bend up to the Kraspes-lake (2545m/8350ft). From there you follow the moraine until you reach the glacier a bit above 2700m/8858ft. The initial part of the glacier is quite steep and below the rock formation in the middle is a huge crevasse. Watch out for rockfall from Rotgrubenspitze to the left. After the steep part follow the glacier to its end. From here follow the broad ridge up to the summit.
- From Niederthai via Guben-Schweinfurter hut
Follow trail #142 from Niederthai to the hut (signs) and further up towards south-east. A sign marks the trail leading into the Fidaskar and up to the steep slope towards the summit.
- From Neue Pforzheimer hut
Follow trail #145 leading to the west from the hut. Turn right into Walfeskar (sign) and up the steep slope to the tiny lake. Shortly after leaving the lake you join the route from Haggen without stepping onto the glacier.
... and bigger lakes. From Schöntalspitze
Long-term, but sometimes inaccurate weather forecast for the city of Kühtai.
Quite accurate five day forecast.
- OEAV weather forecast
Weather forecast especially for mountaineering porpuses. Unfortunately this page is available in german only.
- Avalanche report (Tyrol/Austria)
There is a link on the left side of the page to the english version of the avalanche report (PDF format).
Several webcams in and around Kühtai.
The first webcam is at Dortmunder hut looking west. The second must be placed somewhere close to Drei Seenhut looking towards Pirchkogel (to the north). The next one looks towards Gaißkogel/Pockkogel from Drei Seenhut. The last webcam shows the Chruch of Kühtai.
There are mainly two ways to get to Zwieselbacher Roßkogel:
- From the north via the Sellrain road through Kühtai
- Via the Öztal valley to the west
Both approaches start at the Inntal valley which has a good highway connection to Switzerland, Italy and Germany. The Öztal valley has a direct connection to Italy via the Timmesjoch pass (which is closed because of its height of close to 2500m during the snowy months).
If coming via the Sellrain valley you have to drive to the village of Haggen. A small road on the south (valley) side of the Sellrain road leads down to the small parking lot. From there a trail leads directly to the south into the Kraspestal.
The approach via Öztal leads you to the small town of Umhausen where the road to Niederthai splits from the main road. After reaching Niederthai you have to cross the river to the left to reach the parking lot. The trail towards Zwieselbacher Roßkogel starts at the bridge you' ve crossed to get to the parking lot following the river.
Using public transportation it is quite complicated to get to the trailheads and takes a long time. Your only chance is bus #4166
driving from Innsbruck to Küthai. Additionally bus #4196
connects Kühtai with Imst. Both Imst and Innsbruck have access to the railroads of the Inntal providing connections to Switzerland, Italy and Germany as well as to other parts of Austria.
For more information abouth austrian trains/buses visit the homepage of the ÖBB
(unfortunately in german only).
Camping is not forbidden in the area and there are two huts close to the mountain:
There are no permits, fees or seasonal closures.
Parking at the small parking lot at Haggen is free. But if you intend to park there make sure to get there early (especially in winter) since there is not much space (maybe up to 20 cars with a lot of squeezing). I don' t have information about the parking lot at Niederthai.
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