The weather got worse after our previous skitour in Karwendel on Wednesday. We decided to hike instead of skitouring. This was my first hike this year (winter not over yet?!).
We started later in the morning from Herzogstandbahn, going to Heimgarten. The path goes up quite rapidly after the first 15 minutes. We started crossing snow patches above 1400 m.a.s.l.. We crossed couple of snow fields but only on our ascent to Heimgarten (one is also on the way down to Walchensee, see the last picture). They are however easy to cross. The ridge trail was snow free.
Note, Heimgarten-hutte is still closed. It should open in the next 2 weeks.
The weather totally surprised us - it changed during the day multiple times. From sun to hails/snowing and rain. We did not expect many hikers - as I was told it is crowded place during the summer season. We met only few people doing the entire round tour connecting both peaks - Heimgarten and Herzogstand. We enjoyed the empty trails, constantly changing weather. The best part, we made it to 2 main peaks of the tour with sun.
On our way down we stopped at Berggasthaus Herzogstand, it is already opened. This was perfect long hiking day, expecting to hike more in the following weeks.
- 1 hour 10 minutes
- Parking lot at Herzogstandbahn
- around 6 hours