From the Rappensee Hut to the Hermann von Barth Hut
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View from Heilbronner WegPhoto: Matthias Gruse, Outdooractive Editors
The alpine hike from the Rappenseehütte to the Hermann-von-Barth Hütte is a long and demanding tour. Between the two very cosy huts, the path is clearly the goal.
The first part takes us along the Heilbronner Weg. This is one of the oldest paths in the Alps and was established more than 100 years ago. Absolute surefootedness and a head for heights are required on this trail, as it runs directly along the ridge of the Allgäu main ridge in some places. Along the way, there are numerous panoramic views over the Allgäu and into the Lech valley with its mountains. In good weather, you can always make out the Zugspitze and the Wildspitze on the horizon. One of the highlights is the Heilbronner Thörle. This is a crevice in the rock, which is already very narrow with a large rucksack. A short time later there is a 5 m high airy ladder to climb and we reach the highest point of the Heilbronner Weg, the Steinschartenkopf. Directly afterwards, a small bridge has to be crossed on the ridge. In the further course, there are repeatedly passages secured with steel ropes, until we finally reach the end of the Heilbronner Weg after the Bockkarkopf at the Bockkarscharte.
We then cross the - still remaining - rest of the Schwarzmilz Ferner. Up to the turnoff to the Großer Krottenkopf at the Krottenkopfscharte, the trail leads without any major technical demands, at first in an up and down and later sharply uphill through a varied landscape. From the Scharte, the path up to the Großer Krottenkopf becomes more demanding again, so that absolute sure-footedness and a head for heights are again required here. On the summit of the Großer Krottenkopf, which is the highest peak in the Allgäu, we have a wonderful 360-degree view.
We leave the highest point of the tour and descend into Hermannskar to the ice-cold Hermannskarsee. The trail continues on mostly rocky terrain towards the Hermann-von-Barth Hut.
Safety informationSurefootedness and a head for heights required.
From the Rappenseehütte (2091 m) we follow the marked trail towards Hohes Licht (2651 m). After passing the Große Steinscharte (2262 m), the entrance to the Heilbronner Weg begins a short time later. After a few 100 m you reach the turnoff to the Hohes Licht (2651 m), here we follow the Heilbronner Weg further towards the Kemptner Hütte. After the small Steinscharte there is a ladder, which we climb. Then we cross a small bridge at a lofty height. Between the ladder and the bridge we reach the highest point of the Heilbronner Weg, the Steinschartenkopf (2615 m). After reaching the Socktalscharte, we cross the Bockkarkopf (2609 m) and reach the Bockkarscharte (2504 m). Here the Heilbronner Weg ends and it becomes flatter.
After the Bockkarscharte, we continue to follow the signs towards the Kemptner Hütte and cross the remains of the Schwarzmilz Ferner. We then pass the Kratzer (2427 m) to the south in a gentle up and down. At the Mädelejoch (1974 m) we descend a short distance via trail E5 towards Holzgau. At the next opportunity, leave trail E5 in an easterly direction along the Rossgumpenbach stream. At the first junction, we continue to follow the trail in a westerly direction. At the Krottenkopfscharte (2350 m), the summit of the Großer Krottenkopf is reached via the northern trail.
From the summit, we take the same path back to the Krottenkopfscharte and descend further into Hermannskar to Hermannskarsee (2216 m). We follow the marked trail until we reach the junction of the Düsseldorfer Weg. From the junction, we follow the signs to our destination, the Hermann-von-Barth Hütte.
Public transportBy train to Oberstdorf, from there continue with the bus 9762 towards Alpe Eschbach.
Getting thereFrom the north
From the A7, follow the signs via the B19 to Oberstdorf and continue to follow the signs to the Fellhornbahn.
From the south
Take the L200 or L198 to Warth and continue to Lechleiten.
Hut approach to the Rappenseehütte.
From Birgsau via Alpe Eschbach, Einödsbach and Enzianhütte in approx. 4.5 hours.
From Lechleiten via Sulzbücheljoch and Obere Biberalpe in approx. 2.5-3 hours.
ParkingA paid car park is located at the Fellhornbahn valley station.
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