Ascent of Karkopf on 2013-10-13

Climber: Lee Newton

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Sunday, October 13, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Ski Lift
    Elevation:1737 m / 5702 ft

Ascent Trip Report

From Bad Reichenhall it is possible to take a cable car to near the summit of the Predigstuhl (This is the Predigstuhlbahn, follow the signs in the town, EUR18 return in October 2013.

After an abortive attempt last summer, where we were forced to abandon the hike by a spectacular thunderstorm, I had a couple of hours in the afternoon to try again. From the top station of the cable car I followed the almost level path round the west side of the Predigstuhl to the attractively situated restaurant on the pass. Following the well signposted trail with some brief up and downs brought me to the summit cross of the Karkopf in about an hour. There was about 20cm of snow remaining on North facing slopes but it had all melted off the south facing ones, a common situation at this time of year. The hill itself is rather unspectacular, but the views to the Berchtesgadener Alps and beyond were superb, helped by the kind of crystal clear air you don’t get in the summer. In the east, the Grosser Priel could be seen, and in the west, the Wilder Kaiser, but the Berchtesgadener round of the Höher Goll, Hochkönig, Watzmann, Grosser Hundstod, Hochkalter and Stadelhorn dominated. A light but chilly breeze was blowing and I soon returned to the cable car, this time taking in the summit the Predigstuhl and nearby viewpoints, which give an eagle’s eye view back down to Bad Reichenall. I stayed overnight in the fantastic Brauereigasthof Bürgerbräu which served traditional Bavarian food with beer brewed on the premises.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:196 m / 649 ft
    Extra Gain:29 m / 98 ft
    Distance:6 km / 3.7 mi
    Trailhead:Predigstuhlbahn Bergstation  1599 m / 5249 ft
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:1 Hours 

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