Spitzbrett Ridge

Key information: Spitzbrett Ridge

  • This outstanding but long and demanding trail links the Mooserboden lake at the head of the Kaprun valley and the Gleiwitzer Hut on the upper western flanks of the next-east Fuscher valley.
  • A walkers’ delight, with amazing views; but a lot of severe exposure, although always cable etc. assisted.

Walkopedia rating

  • Walkopedia rating90
  • Beauty36
  • Natural interest16
  • Human interest4
  • Charisma36
  • Negative points2
  • Total rating90
  • Note: Neg: severe exposure and some very difficult going

Vital Statistics

  • Length: 2 days
  • Maximum Altitude: 3,090m
  • Level of Difficulty: Difficult

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This is an outstanding but long and demanding and very exposed trail (no 723) between the Mooserboden lake at the head of the Kaprun valley [link later] and the Gleiwitzer Hut on the upper western flanks of the next-east Fuscher valley. Arguably one of the finest high walks in the eastern Alps.

From the Mooserboden lake at 2,100m or so (reachable by bus), you wind along upper hillsides east of the Kaprun valley to join the high eastern ridge-top for a dramatic north-east climb to the high (3,090m) Kempsengkopf pass, the latter part over steep and difficult ground with some fixed wires. The views back to the vast and eye-popping bowl at the Kaprun valley head are of eye-damping beauty.

From here you make a downward and very exposed scramble – but with cables and rails all the way – along the Spitzbrett ridge to the Untere Jager Scharte at 2,470m. This is thrilling and laden with extraordinary views. You then have to descend a hairy set of metal staples and pegs to get off the pass, best done with basic climbing equipment.  Thereafter, drop onto the upper flanks of the next-east Fuscher valley to the Gleiwitzer Hut.

This is about 7km and likely to take 8 hrs+.

On day 2, you can either heard west to near the Kaprun cablecar: climb back to the high ridge at the 2,371m Brandlscharte pass then make a very long descent (1,400m?) on route 724 to near the valley bottom. Or you can drop east  on route 725 to Fusch, a 1,360m descent.

This route is walkable the other way, which would have the benefit of climbing to the Untere Jager Scharte and also the Spitzbrett ridge – preferable if you struggle with exposure – and of the best views being in front of you; although it will require a stiff climb to the Gleiwitzer Hut on the first day.

Walkopedia really covets this walk.

This is tough walking in high and remote mountains with uncertain weather. Come fully prepared.

Trekking in Austria’s HoheTauern  – Allan Hartley for Cicerone. As usual, an inspiring book, with this walk described as part of a Glockner Group circuit.  Find relevant books on Amazon.

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For more information and photos, including detailed practical information and some warnings, see our Kaprun Valley  and  Höhe Tauer walk pages.

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