Ascent of Krottenkopf on 2012-05-27

Climber: Lee Newton

Date:Sunday, May 27, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Ski Lift
    Elevation:6844 ft / 2086 m

Ascent Trip Report

We started our ascent of the Krottenkopf from the top station of the cable car up the nearby Wank, which is a (rightly) famous viewpoint near Garmisch-Partenkirchen looking across to the Zugspitze. A short ridgewalk to the Rosswank was followed by a steady descent to the Esterbergalm on a well worn path. Picking up the rough surfaced road which would later be our descent route back to the car park at the bottom of the cable car, we ascended gently up the valley for 20 minutes or so then turned left on a signposted and well graded 4WD road. Higher up, as we reached a hanging valley with a flattish bottom we hit some significant snow patches but not too soft that we sank in too badly. The path then ascends to the col between below the Krottenkof where the Weilheimer Hut offers food and drink and a terrasse with great views to the north. Much refreshed, the short ascent to the top of the Krottenkopf was quickly overcome and the reward was the superb kind of view you often get from isolated pre-alps with snowy mountains to the south and the lake studded Bavarian plain to the north.

We descended by the route of ascent to the Esterbergalm and then continued down the road to the cable car car park, before driving round to Ettal, a town famous for the beer made in it´s Kosterbrauerei....
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2690 ft / 819 m
    Total Elevation Loss:6168 ft / 1879 m
    Round-Trip Distance:9.9 mi / 16 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2690 ft / 819 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1004 ft / 306 m; Extra: 1686 ft / 513m
    Loss on way in:1686 ft / 513 m
    Distance:4.3 mi / 7 km
    Route:via Esterbergalm
    Start Trailhead:Wank  5840 ft / 1780 m
    Time:4 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:4482 ft / 1366 m
    Distance:5.6 mi / 9 km
    Route:via Esterbergalm
    End Trailhead:Wank  2362 ft / 719 m
    Time:3 Hours 

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