Ascent of Kreuzspitze on 2020-09-06
|Date:||Sunday, September 6, 2020|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
| Elevation:||7169 ft / 2185 m|
Ascent Trip ReportAfter the previous evening's Bürgenstock.
From NW; trailhead parking is just W of the bridge, but I started from road verge just inside Germany, E of border; along road a short way, down bank, walk up dry river bed to pick up track (cairn and sign) for Kreuzspitze, soon becomes path, well marked, zigzagging up thru forest then open stony mountainside. Junction at 1700m, I kept R as per markings, but took the other (eastern) route in descent, a little steep and slippery in places (rain on way up), but not exposed. West ridge has dwarf pine, beyond it the trail climbs steeply last 100m scrambly (YDS3) needing care on damp limestone, but not difficult. Short narrow ridge to summit, a little exposed. Cross approx at highpoint, with trig block 3m to SE, partly buried. I visit south summit, approx 2m lower, reached by narrow ridge, barely a scramble but very exposed both sides. Small commemorative cross. Slight drizzle as I return to main summit, descent a little slippery, slow and careful, nice dry descent.
2h30 up, 10mins on summit, 2h down. Kreuzspitze photos
In the afternoon I climb Hochplatte; the trailhead is just a few minutes away. The rain comes back with a vengeance!
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||3593 ft / 1095 m|
| Grade/Class:||YDS 3|
| Quality:||6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble|
| Weather:||Raining, Cool, Low Clouds|
Rain on ascent; dry descent
| Gain on way in:||3593 ft / 1095 m|
| Distance:||7.3 mi / 11.7 km|
| Start Trailhead:||3576 ft / 1089 m|
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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