Only a few mountain paths in the Ammergau Alps wind as playfully and purposefully through the forest and fields of mountain pine as the hike up Notkarspitze, starting from the Ettaler Mühle inn. When you arrive at the summit, a spectacular view awaits you.
The entire route offers amazing views of the Karwendel and Wetterstein ranges, and of the Ammergau Alps. At the summit, the determined hiker will be rewarded additionally with an amazing view of the Allgäu Alps, the Zugspitze, and on a clear day, over the Ammersee and the Starnberger See lakes as far as Munich. First, though, the 1,200 meter (3,936 ft.) climb up must be conquered. This will take about four hours. You should be fit and have strong legs. If you don't want to hike back down, the easiest thing to do is take the bus at the Ettaler Mühle to return to your hotel.
Climb to the Ochsensitz
The Gasthof Ettaler Mühle forms the starting point for the climb. After passing a small meadow area, the climb takes many switchbacks through the forest at a steep grade. The route passes by the summit cross on the Ochsensitz peak and stays along the ridge until you reach the 1,889 meter (6,196 ft.) high Notkarspitze. The descent from the Notkarspitze passes through formerly used mountain pastures. After the Kuhalm Mountain, the path winds along a footpath on its way down to Graswang. Then, it goes through a canyon along the Kühalpenbach valley that requires a high degree of surefootedness and is only recommended in absolutely dry conditions.
The Notkarspitze hike in brief:
- elevation gain 1,200 meters (3,936 ft.)
- total time about 4 hours
- a magnificent view of the Allgäu Alps, the Wetterstein range and, on a clear day, of the Alpine foothills as far as Munich
- You must be surefooted and fit; this is not a hike for families.
This climb is only one of many ways to get to know the spectacular Ammergau Alps while vacationing in the Zugspitze Region. Make the Ammergau Alps your go-to vacation spot and experience the Bavarian mountains for yourself.