Grainau, Germany

Hike Höllental Gorge to Lake Eibsee via Riffelscharte Peaks

9.1 Miles Total - 4757.2 ft gain - Point-to-Point Trail

Originally added by Hannes Schauer

This is a demanding mountain trail from Hammersbach to Eibsee via Riffelscharte and takes up to 8 hours to complete. The spectacular views compensate for the exhausting parts of the hike.

This trail starts out right where one of the paths lead up to Zugspitze (Germany's highest mountain) but we take the route via Riffelscharte down to Eibsee. The tour starts from Hammersbach (parking available) through the spectacular Höllentalklamm gorge. At the end of the gorge, you can rest, eat, use the bathroom and all that at the Höllentalangerhütte. Here is also your last chance to fill up your water bottles and bladders for the rest of the trail. 

You will then follow the Höllentalanger and make a right at the signs to Riffelscharte. From up there, right between the peaks, you will get a stunning view back into the Höllental gorge and towards Eibsee on the other side of the rim. The way day down takes you through vast gravel fields (hiking boots!) and is fun to do if you are not afraid. The last stretch leads through a green forest until you hit Eibsee, which is perfect for a swim after a strenuous hike.

Public transport takes you to the trailhead and picks you up at the end of the trail in Eibsee. 

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Easy Parking
Forest
Lake
Picnic Area
Scenic
Waterfall
Wildflowers
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