Wanting to make the most of the autumnal walking conditions Rob, Helen and I headed out to an area of the Ammergauer Alpen which none of us had been to before. Rob chose this walk because the contours looked “interesting” on the map, which seemed as good a reason as any to select a route, and the shape of the mountain was certainly unusual!
As the previous day had been much sunnier the roads, and more importantly, the hills were very quiet. The start of the walk headed up a quiet valley in the forrest, however we soon left the track and headed up a small path. It didn’t feel like other walking I had done in the area, and felt much more remote was which really nice. As we arrived at the Bäckenalmsattel we were treated to a wonderful view to the west, which just became better as we climbed.
We were soon able to see our objective, and the strange bowl below it. The best way to describe it was that it looked like the middle of an old volcano due to the depth and lack of runoff from the small lake. An enjoyable ridge led us up to the summit, where we were able to see loads of good looking walking, there is certainly plenty to go at here!
A quick, and at times fairly slippery descent took us back down to the car to end a really enjoyable walk. I will certainly be revisiting this area in the future.
Max elevation: 1749 m
Min elevation: 979 m
Total climbing: 909 m
Total descent: -912 m