Großer Krottenkopf

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This article is about the highest peak in the Allgäu Alps. For the peak in the Bavarian Prealps, see Krottenkopf.
Großer Krottenkopf
Grosser Krottenkopf von Westen.jpg
The Großer Krottenkopf, August 2000
Highest point
Elevation 2,656 m (8,714 ft)
Prominence 996 m (3,268 ft) [1]
Coordinates 47°18′43″N 10°21′22″E / 47.31194°N 10.35611°E / 47.31194; 10.35611Coordinates: 47°18′43″N 10°21′22″E / 47.31194°N 10.35611°E / 47.31194; 10.35611
Geography
Großer Krottenkopf is located in Austria
Großer Krottenkopf
Großer Krottenkopf
Austria
Location Tyrol, Austria
Parent range Allgäu Alps

The Großer Krottenkopf is the highest mountain in the Allgäu Alps of Austria. It is 2,656 m (AA)[2] and is part of a side branch of the Hornbach chain, which branches off the main chain of the Allgäu Alps and runs for about 15 km eastwards.

Bases and ascent routes[edit]

  • From Oberstdorf (815 m above NN), the Kemptner Hut at 1,844 m above NN summit can be reached in four hours via the Spielmannsau using the E5 European long distance path.
  • The Kemptner Hut is the northern base for an ascent on the Krottenkopf using the normal route (easiest ascent). The path runs from the hut initially southwards, then swings east to theOberer Mädelejoch (2,033 m (AA)) on the border between Germany and Austria. It then runs over scree eastwards to the col of Krottenkopfscharte (2,350 m (AA)) and, following the numerous red dots, requires an easy climb (UIAA grade I) over stone-covered slabs to the summit in just under three hours. Sure-footedness and, in the summit region, a head for heights are required.
  • Another path leads from Holzgau (1,103 m (AA)) in the upper Lech valley to the Großer Krottenkopf. The E 5 path runs through the Höhenbachtal valley northwards and past the Simms Waterfall (with its snack bar or Jausenstation) and on to the Untere Roßgumpenalpe. Just below the lower Mädelejoch the path forks off

to the Krottenkopfscharte. This tour takes just under four hours.

  • Alternatively there is an ascent from the Bernhardseck Hut (1,802 m (AA)), past the Mutte and the Strahlkopf (2,388 m (AA)), or from Elbigenalp in the Lech valley up the Bernhardstal valley.
  • There is a climbing route along the north arête. This involves two short and one longer vertical passages at UIAA grade III. The starting point is the notch of Hermannskarscharte, which is reached on a trackless route from the Kemptner Hut through the cirque of Öfner Kar.

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