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This route was a very challenging and great beginner introduction to alpine hiking and mountain climbing in general because of the varied terrain. I went in the middle of July so the route had absolutely no snow or ice save for the glacier itself.

You have some standard hiking through trails, the gorge, and up into the valley which should be achievable by anybody in average physical shape (the elderly or those with more lethargic lifestyles should consider easier trails).

After the easier first half there is klettersteig/via ferrata to get up the first cliff face which will instantly gut check you whether you are truly comfortable with heights or not (turn around if aren't, it only gets worse at the top of the valley). Also, DO NOT be an idiot; use a klettersteig harness and use it properly for the cable sections!

Following this, there is a not too difficult scree field to cross and then the glacier which requires crampons (watched someone nearly die because they slipped and almost fell into a crevasse because they weren't wearing crampons). The second klettersteig route is much longer and more challenging but after 15 numbered sections you are at the peak.

Took my group about 7.5 hours from the hut in the valley at a steady moderate to slow pace with minimal breaks. You have the option of taking the cable car down if you don't want climb back down the mountain and there is plenty of options for food/drink at the top. If you find yourself arriving after the last cable car there is a hut with beds at the top as well.

Beautiful views, minimal training required thanks to klettersteig, and a great challenge for beginners like myself. Totally recommend!

very nice trail, especially on a hot sunny day. Mostly in the Woods. several beautifull Picknick Spots and points of Interest.

its really good hike to start!

trail running
1 month ago

- Start/Stop point is 1/4 mile from a trail head with ample parking and direct access to the trail system. This variation of the trail actually goes through the trailhead via a roundabout way.
- This route requires parking on the street or in a private parking lot, then walking through a residential area to access the trail.
- I recommend parking at the trail head and entering the trail system there.
- Otherwise, it's a great trail system suitable for walking, hiking or running.
- There are a number of possible variations (maps at the trail head, and visible on the all trails app) to change the distance/elevation to suit your needs.
- Offline maps were very useful, but there was spotty cell coverage along most of the trail.
- 3 stars only because of the parking location and entrance to the trail for this variation.. The trail itself offers great views and a good workout... easily 4 stars.

trail running
2 months ago

- The trail was suitable for running in most places.
- Downloaded map was very important. I had no/poor cell service for the majority of the first 6-7 miles. And more than a few time I had to reference the map to avoid a turn down the wrong trail.
- The last few miles of this trail run were definitely more running than trail... scenic landscapes, but not forrest... meadows and fields. The last mile or so was actually on a paved road. However, there are plenty of possible variations that would avoid roads altogether. I followed the highlighted trace on the AllTrails map, but the area is criss-crossed with other, very well maintained trails which show up on the AllTrails map.
- Also, the 9.5 mile loop could easily be shorted to 5-6 miles, or less, by using the aforementioned alternate trails shown on the AllTrails map... or extended, though 9 1/2 miles wore me out pretty well.
- 4 stars only because of the last stretch on the highway. There are certainly 5 star variations of this trail I just haven't tried yet.

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail!!! Well worth the drive for the views and scenery.

hiking
2 months ago

Took the horse and buggy up (wouldn't recommend sitting in the first seat behind the horse with driver). We rode up but walked down. Lots of tourists, didn't make the latter leg with the bridge. Overall a must see.

hiking
2 months ago

Very STEEP HIKE! There are no flat resting sections on this hike at all. My family hiked this together. We hiked across the Grand Canyon last year so we are not faint of heart. Even my husband was surprised by the moderate label, especially the last rock climbing section. I am sure the views were amazing, but I did not attempt to get to the very top. We all hiked over to the Laber to enjoy the restaurant. Then my daughters and I took the gondola down to Oberammergau, while my husband and sons hiked back down to Ettal for the car.

hiking
2 months ago

Overall a great trail, just know that the trail is still closed at about the 6 mile point, forcing you to turn around and making it and out-and-back, vs a round trip. I saw something about this on a German site, but since no other reviews mentioned it I assumed it had been fixed in the two years since it was washed out in 2016. It's still a worthwhile hike and you'll still have access to both castles. I saw evidence of people going around the "trail closed" sign, but I didn't feel comfortable trying that since I was hiking alone and don't really speak German. Also, it took me a minute to figure out that none of the signs say "Baumgeister". It's clearly labelled, but it's called the "Rundtour" or Round Tour. If you follow the signs for Burg Rheinstein you'll be on the right track. These are probably things known to all locals, I just wanted to let fellow foreigners know.
For the trail itself, 90% of it was fairly easy. It's mostly level and well-maintained trails. There's a little bit of climbing down-to and up-from the castle(s), but it's nothing too daunting.

hiking
2 months ago

Die meisten Teile sind als "easy" zu bezeichnen, lediglich die Passage an den Wuppersteilhängen ist etwas anstrengender. Leider ist ein Teil der Strecke nur auf der (wenig befahrenen) Straße möglich, aber der Rest ist einfach wunderschön. Start und Ende sind nur schwer mit ÖPNV erreichbar, daher sind 2 Autos erforderlich.

Amazing views and beautiful hike! However, the map shown here seemed to be a little outdated- we ended up going 13 miles instead of the 9 listed here! It made for a long hard day, but the views are worth it! Be prepared for a long day and consider getting more updated info before you go.

Easy to get to, very quiet place, easy hike. Some rocks are very slippery though! Waterfall is beautiful the trail is very well marked and you can't get lost!

hiking
3 months ago

So awesome to visit this place again!! One of Germany most popular place to visit!!

hiking
3 months ago

What an amazing trail,, tons of water running and great views from tight canyons!! Only a 2.1 mile one way 4.2 round trip. Start in Germany and end up in Austria at the top. I would say is a moderate to easy trail. Breaitachklam trail A must is a must do if in the area.

hiking
3 months ago

Really a great trail. Almost completely shaded for the entire hike. There are plenty of intersections and although the trail is well marked I would recommend downloading the map prior to making the whole loop. The castle is worth the small fee (5.50) to visit. Also some neat small waterfalls along the creek back up after the castle not mentioned above.

The first 2/3 of the trail was very scenic and full of trees with fantastic trails cut into the side of the hills. It would have been five stars but the last 1/3 of the trail wasn’t quite as scenic and you end up walking along a road and through the town.

Prachtige wandeling en heerlijk geluncht halverwege de route. Echte aanrader.

Super

very scenic, the old tower against the new tower architecture is outstanding.

Beautiful views throughout the trail

Great views in every direction and easy to navigate.

Beautiful trail. Most of it runs parallel to a stream, and there are even a few places to stop along the way for a picnic lunch or a sit down restaurant. It was raining when I went, so if it's the same for your trip, be prepare with hardy boots!

super track best ever

J ai monter la en deux jours ds les années 1990

hiking
Saturday, August 19, 2017

Bavaria is quite possibly the most beautiful place I have ever visited and my hike up the Laber Mountain indubitably enhanced my Bavarian experience. Located in the quaint town of Oberammergau, the Laber is a challenging hike. I hiked this July 2016 when I was 45 and I consider myself to be in fair to average condition. I had to stop many times to catch my breath but the views were outstanding. I initially took a camelbak full of water and a backpack. Within about 10 min of my hike I wisely realized that I had to lose my backpack, so I hid it and proceeded on my 3 hour hike up the Laber. It was quite possibly the best and most challenging hike in my life. Not challenging in a climbing aspect but in a elevation and degree. I encountered a pack of cows in my initial descent and there was a fair amount of hikers on the mountain. There was an old rustic rest stop that offered cold bier and non alcoholic drinks maybe about half way to the top. The hike gets harder and harder as you ascend but once you reach the top a restaurant awaits offering traditional German food and bier of which I had several. The views at the top were magnificent and I opted to take the cable car back down instead of the 90 minute hike back. Look for the rare Edelweiss flower if you go. INCREDIBLE hike and at night I sat on my friends porch and saw the beacon light at the top of the Laber and smiled because I had been there. Alles in butter. Prost!

walking
Friday, August 11, 2017

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Great easy trail. Very shaded and runs along beautiful falls. Very nice place to hike. If you'd like bring some swimwear as there are nice beaches at each lake. But bring cash If you want to eat or drink at the restaurants at top. Wonderful easy and mostly flat.

best one day trip!

hiking
Sunday, July 09, 2017

A very beautiful trail but harder then I expected! Make sure you bring plenty of water and don't choose a day that's too hot. The hike takes a good 9h so plan accordingly.

Also, Garmish-Partenkirchen is a beautiful city. Worth a stay!

hiking
Sunday, June 18, 2017

This trail is not for the faint of heart as it challenges your endurance. It's rated moderate but I give it moderate/hard rating. There are awesome views of Lake Tegernsee and the Swiss alps. Even had some snow cover on the mountains to the left in June. There's definitely a payoff as you get close to to top as you pass cows out in a pasture and they have cowbells on which is music to your ears. The view at the top is stunning! Stopped in at the restaurant at the top for a celebratory beer and struedel! It took 1 1/2 hours to do the winter trail as there is a summer trail that's steeper but will cut off about 20 minutes. We enjoyed the ride down on the ski lift and got to witness a paraglider flying down the mountain we just hiked up. What a great way to connect with the area!

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