© Aussicht ins Tannheimer Tal vom Füssener Jöchle
© Aussicht ins Tannheimer Tal vom Füssener Jöchle

Two Day Trek: Grän – Höfen

From a scenic gondola ride to lovely Tannheimer Hut and resplendent Alpine meadows to dramatically steep Nesselwängler Scharte Notch, what more could you ask for in one trip? This two day trek is moderate to difficult and has many natural wonders along the way. The gondola whisks you atop Füssener Jöchl. It's like a bird's eye view—in flight and the views of Tannheimertal Valley directly below are breathtaking! It begins ascending in earnest through interesting rock formations on its demanding way to the rock that is Nesselwängler Scharte Notch. Up there, catch your breath and look back for a great view of the Allgäu Alps, the rugged Lechtal Alps and the Main Alpine Ridge. Climb through incredible high-mountain meadows speckled with brilliant wildflowers, and scramble up to rugged terrain dotted with pine dwarfs and craggy rocks in its upper reaches. On day two, enjoy a sweeping view of the Tannheimertal Valley with twinkling Haldensee Lake and the basin of Reutte from the top of Reutte’s Hahnenkamm Mountain. In a grove high above the valley and under the watchful eyes of craggy Gimpel Peak, shingled Tannheimer Hut lies at an elevation of 1,760 meters. The historic timber structure dates back to the 19th century. And views! Moreover, numerous trailside huts and on-mountain eateries provide the perfect rest stop for hikers. In any conditions, the vigorously steep trail atop Nesselwängler Scharte Notch can be treacherous, due to snow, ice, or loose gravel and requires stamina and sure footing; many sections are assisted by a fixed anchoring system of cables. Make sure you have appropriate footwear and exercise due caution. Acrophobes will not appreciate this trail.

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Starting point  

Grän, Füssener Jöchl (1,818m)

Finishing point

Hahnenkamm Gondola Top Terminal (1,733m)

Mountain chain

Allgäu Alps

Length

11.7 km

Duration

2 day(s)

Features

  • Wheelchair-accessible Hiking Route
  • Circular hike

Difficulty rating

difficult (black trails)

Altitude

2,007m 1,390m

Elevation uphill 929m
Vertical metres downhill 1,014m

Fitness level

Technique

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* These are approximate values and recommendations. Please take your personal fitness level, technical ability and the current weather conditions into account. Tirol Werbung cannot guarantee that the information provided is correct and accepts no liability.

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Trail description

Day 1: Grän – Tannheimer Hut
Elevation Gain/Elevation Loss: 650/750 meters | Hiking Time: 4½ hours | Distance: 6 kilometers | Highest Elevation: 2,007 meters | Trail Rating: Difficult (black)

From Grän, ride a gondola up to Füssener Jöchl (the base of the gondola is easily accessible by hiker’s shuttle bus from Tannheim). From the top, bear towards “Otto-Mayr-Hütte” on the middle trail of those beginning here and climb atop Reintaler Jöchle Saddle. After walking down through dwarf pines, the trail begins to descend more steeply to the valley bottom. At the junction where “Otto-Mayr-Hütte” is signposted twice, descend to the right and continue ahead in the same direction at the next fork. After a short distance you’ll reach Füssener Hut. Turn onto a dirt road and pass Willi-Merkl-Hut (a self-catering refuge) on your way to neighboring Otto-Mayr-Hut. From there, a dirt road zigzags down to the valley floor through the woods. At an elevation of roughly 1400 meters, turn right onto the trail for “Tannheimer Hütte” – the trail crosses the brook and resumes its climb of Nesselwängler Scharte Notch. The ascent soon steepens, with the trail following a rocky footpath through dwarf pines, meadows, scree and talus slopes; the rocky flank you have to traverse to gain the notch resembles a cirque in some stretches and is vigorously steep in the lower and upper sections. Many sections are assisted by a fixed anchoring system of cables as the route crosses a chimney and exposed ridges of very rugged terrain. Beyond the notch walk down towards “Tannheimer Hütte”, traversing meadows below rock faces; at the sign warning of falling rocks do not continue ahead but keep downwards through a tussock slope and you’ll soon reach the destination end of this hike, Tannheimer Hut.

Strongly Recommended: Atop Brentenjoch Col (elev. 1,226m), you are strongly recommended to take some time to get an eagle's eye view of the mountains at the Eagle View Overlook, a special sightseeing telescope viewer that will leave your head spinning as you try to identify a seemingly infinite array of peaks spread out before you.

 

Day 2: Tannheimer Hut –Höfen
Elevation Gain/Elevation Loss: 250/250 meters | Hiking Time: 2½ hours | Distance: 4.5 kilometers | Highest Elevation: 1,800 meters | Trail Rating: Moderate (red)

From Tannheimer Hut, follow signs for Hahnenkamm (literally “cockscomb”) and walk eastwards. The entire walk runs over undulating terrain. First you’ll traverse the mountainside above Tannheimertal Valley (mostly meadows, groves here and there, dwarf pines); soon the trail follows the signs for “Schneetalalm” and crosses a grass-grown gully below Köllenspitze Spire (keep following the signs to “Schneetalalm”). For a short distance, the trail enters the woods before approaching Schneetalalm Alpine Pasture Hut. From there, a footpath climbs atop Tiefjoch Col. Here you will find signs indicating “Bergstation Hahnenkamm” (Hahnenkamm Top Terminal): Walking ahead in the same direction through wide open, fragrant meadows, you’ll pass a junction where another trail branches off and soon gains another col. On the other side, you’ll get to the popular Alpine Botanical Garden that collects a rich variety of mountain flora. At the nearby top terminal of Hahnencamm Gondola you can either ride down the mountain to Höfen (from where you can catch a bus to Reutte); or, alternatively, proceed to Lechaschauer Alm and Gehrenalpe and walk down to Wängle.

Strongly Recommended: The Alpine Botanical Garden next to the top terminal of Hahnenkamm Gondola is a flowering gem where you can admire 600 different species of Alpines; 48 of which are rarities. The garden is especially worthwhile during blooming season, from mid-June through late September.

Strongly Recommended: In Reutte, you are strongly recommended to visit the Local Heritage Museum in the “Grünes House”, literally ‘Green House’, which dates back to the year 1779 and is lavishly adorned by façade paintings of famous Baroque painter Johann Jakob Zeiller.

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Your destination address: Oberhöfen 110, Tannheim

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