Masses of views

The Mittenwald mountain trail

“The via ferrata is closed today – it will be repaired!” I beg your pardon? And this she tells after we already paid the tickets for the Karwendelbahn, which is going to take us to the ferrata? After a short consultation we return the tickets, which fortunately is accepted without hesitation. Silly enough it wasn’t already pointed out at the parking lot – so we spent 5 Euro parking fee for about 12 minutes parking!

Three days later we are back again, after we made sure by telephone that the Höhenweg is also passable today. Apropos: Is this a high-altitude trail or a via ferrata? Well, that depends on the viewer once again: You really don’t have to climb, but there are still many exposed wall and ridge passages that are secured with ladders and wire ropes, so that you can secure yourself with a via ferrata set. This is not absolutely necessary for experienced, sure-footed and giddy walkers – the high-altitude trail is classified as a via ferrata of category A/B – but the limits of resilience are individual. Axel Honolds free solo at El Capitan is an extreme example for this, which is meaningful for very few.

Uta wants to let the couple, who are still peeling into their seatbelts, go ahead, because she doesn’t like to be pushed by followers. But since we are already ready to march off, we get in. And that is quite good! Looking back, we notice that the woman shows some insecurities and the pushing would have been on our side. And then there are the two women, who already caught our attention in the cable car due to their loud talkativeness. We prefer to leave them behind as well. Yes, there are already certain masses who are on their way on the Höhenweg. At least it’s not a weekend, you probably get stuck in traffic often then!

But if you ignore the people, who came here only with the same interest as us, you can enjoy the views we get: on the Wettersteinkamm with Alp- and Zugspitze, on the clouds in the valley and the morning haze, which wraps the Seekarspitzen in strange lights, on the glaciated Stubaier Alps and on the houses and cars, which populate the Isartal like toys 1,400 meters below us.

And the Mittenwalder Höhenweg, which has been walked millions of times, is also worth it for the one million and first walkers we probably are. It almost always runs along the edge of the ridge, only once the way deviates to the east side of the Sulzeklammspitze. Here, the clouds rising from the Karwendel valley cool us down, the hint “don’t stop” makes sense in this flank at risk of falling rocks! And the bicycle prohibition sign? In any case it shows a sense of humour!

After After four kilometres on the ridge the fun is over and a steep descent to the Brunnsteinhütte follows, which spoils us with coffee and cake, before we take the remaining 600 metres into the valley under the profile soles.

Total distance: 12.58 km
Max elevation: 2359 m
Min elevation: 916 m
Total climbing: 938 m
Total descent: -2253 m
Download file: Mittenwalder Höhenweg.gpx

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