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Crossing of the Entschenkopf

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  • Hiking path in the ravine Gaisalptobel
    / Hiking path in the ravine Gaisalptobel
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  • / Hikers on the path through the ravine Gaisalptobel
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  • / The path is backed through bridges, stairs and rails
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  • / Play of water in the ravine Gaisalptobel
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  • / On a paved road we go upwards to the alpine hut Gaisalpe
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  • / After passing Gaisalpe we take a gravel path
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  • / The path becomes steeper
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  • / Alpine hut Rubi-Hütte
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  • / Alpine hut Rubi-Hütte
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  • / Gentian at the hillside
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  • / A rocky path leads up to the summit
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  • / Entschenkopf - seen from Gaisalphorn
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  • / Climbing section before we rerach the summit
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  • / View from the summit of Entschenkopf
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  • / The summit cross of Entschenkopf
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  • / The summit cross of Entschenkopf
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  • / Ridgeway of Entschenkopf
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  • / Panorama from Entschenkopf
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  • / View of Rubihorn
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  • / View from the mountain "Entschenkopf" onto lake "Unterer Gaisalpsee"
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  • / Panorama from Entschenkopf
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  • / View to the lake "Oberer Gaisalpsee"
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  • / View to the lake "Oberer Gaisalpsee"
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  • / View to the lake "Oberer Gaisalpsee"
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  • / Lake "Unterer Gaisalpsee"
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  • / Signpost to the alpine hut Untere Richteralpe
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  • / Alpine hut Untere Richteralpe
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  • / Alpine hut Untere Richteralpe
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  • / Lake "Unterer Gaisalpsee" seen from the mountain "Rubihorn"
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  • / Alpine hut Untere Richteralpe
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  • / Alpine hut Rubi-Hütte
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  • / Alpine hut Rubi-Hütte
    Photo: Hartmut Wimmer, Outdooractive Editors
m 2000 1500 1000 500 10 8 6 4 2 km Entschenkopf (2043 m) Unterer Gaisalpsee Gaisalptobel Oberer Gaisalpsee Gaisalptobel Rubi-Hütte Gaisalpkapelle Gaisalpe
Moderately difficult mountain hike over the summit and ridge of the Entschenkopf (2043 m) with breathtaking views of the Allgäu alps
moderate
11.3 km
6:00 h
1,246 m
1,246 m
The Entschenkopf is a 2043 m high summit in the Allgäu alps. The tour to the summit is regarded one of the most beautiful in the region, due to its fantastic views. We hike from Reichenbach to the alpine hut Gaisalpe and to Falkenjoch and then climb the summit. We continue on a ridgeway with beautiful views of Rubihorn and the mountain lakes Gaisalpseen. You should bring a head for heights and surefootedness, climbing equipment is not necessary. We climb down over Gängele, passing the lakes Oberer and Unterer Gaisalpsee where we can enjoy a refreshing bath in the summer. At the alpine huts Gaisalpe and Untere Richteralpe we have the possibility to stop and get a snack or meal.

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Author
Hartmut Wimmer 
Updated: May 15, 2020
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Risk potential
Highest point
Entschenkopf, 2,032 m
Lowest point
Reichenbach, 851 m
Best time of year
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Exposition / cardinal direction
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Safety information

There is a section close to the summit where we have to climb, you should have some experiences in the mountains.

Start

Reichenbach next to Oberstdorf (861 m)
Coordinates:
DD
47.442222, 10.296301
DMS
47°26'32.0"N 10°17'46.7"E
UTM
32T 597735 5255123
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Destination

Reichenbach next to Oberstdorf

Turn-by-turn directions

We first take the paved road toward east from the parking lot in Reichenbach. After about 400 m we turn left onto the Tobelweg and follow the path uphill alongside the river Gaisalpbach. At the end of the ravine we pass the chapel Gaisalp-Kapelle, at the intersection we turn left and reach the alpine hut Gaisalpe over a paved road. The hut is situated on 1165 m and serves drinks and food both in the summer and the winter months. We continue on the route "Oberallgäuer Rundwanderweg". First this route is a wide gravel road, soon it becomes narrow and steeper. We cross a little forest, pass the alpine hut Rubi-Hütte and finally reach a fork after 3,6 km. We leave the route by turning right and climb further upwards on a path. First we cross an alpine meadow, which is a real sea of blossoms in the early summer. Then we cross an area vegetated with pines, from there the path becomes much more stony. Before we reach the summit of Entschenkopfs (2043 m), we have to climb over several rocks, then we have accomplished the ascent: From above we enjoy beautiful views of the peaks Sonnenköpfe, Rubihorn and the valleys of Iller and Ostrach. We continue on the ridgeway downhill and toward south. Crossing Gängele we reach an intersection and turn right, we pass both lakes Oberer and Unterer Gaisalpsee and follow the path to the alpine hut Untere Richteralpe. There we have the possibility to stop and relax with a drink or meal. We return to Reichenbach on the Tobelweg and through the valley Gaisalptal .

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Public transport

Public transport friendly

With the train to Langenwang, then by foot across river Iller and over Rubi to Reichenbach

Getting there

On B19 until we reach the roundabout next to Oberstdorf, we continue straight and at the next roundabout left, then over Rubi to Reichenbach

Parking

Parking area Reichenbach

Coordinates

DD
47.442222, 10.296301
DMS
47°26'32.0"N 10°17'46.7"E
UTM
32T 597735 5255123
w3w 
///deadlier.honeysuckle.wrangle
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

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Equipment

Solid shoes, comfortable clothing which suits all weather conditions, perhaps hiking sticks, swimwear in the summer months (Gaisalpsee)

Questions & Answers

Question about Nico S · August 29, 2020 · Community
Hallo, ist der Abstieg vom Geisalpsee ohne Kletterpassagen o.Ä.?
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Answer by Leo G · August 29, 2020 · Community
Der Abstieg vom Geisalpsee ist meiner Erinnerung nach einfach und auch ohne Kletterpassagen. Auf diesem Teil der Strecke sind aber wieder mehr Wanderer unterwegs.
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Question about Alexander Kats · May 17, 2020 · Community
Hallo ihr Lieben, ich würde geren diese Wanderung noch einmal machen diesmal mit Nebelhorn... gibt es weiter oben möglichkeiten zu Einkehr? ggf. nur hütten?
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Answer by Ralf Ackermann  · May 18, 2020 · Community
Griass di Alexander. Momentan wird die Nebelhorn Bahn renoviert und es gibt keinen Sommerbetrieb. Ob das Edmund Probst Haus öffnet kannst du bei der DAV Sektion nachfragen.
Question about Thomas Schaaf · May 15, 2020 · Community
Hat jmd die Tour dieses Frühjahr schon gemacht? Wie wars mit Schnee? Danke im voraus
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Answer by Leonie Stüken  · May 15, 2020 · Outdooractive Editors
Hallo Thomas, Freunde von mir haben diese Tour dieses Frühjahr 2020 schon gemacht. Es geht mit dem Schnee. Generell braucht es hier aber Trittsicherheit und Sicherheit im Gelände. Grüße
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Reviews

4.7
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Andreas Kranz
October 11, 2020 · Community
Im großen und ganzen eine schöne Tour, ist zu empfehlen.
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Daniel Knippel
July 31, 2020 · Community
Sehr schöne Rundtour und für einen Tag mit sehr gutem Wetter deutlich weniger Überlaufen als das Rubihorn. Trittsicherheit und alpine Erfahrung sind empfehlenswert. Eher Unerfahrene Kletterer sollten die Richtung beachten, da die Felskletterei auf den letzten Höhenmetern vor dem Gipfel als Abstieg anspruchsvoller ist. Ich habe in einem für mich entspannten Tempo mit normaler Kondition für die Tour ca. 6 1/2 Stunden gebraucht.
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Klemens Schmid 
July 20, 2020 · Community
Die Kletterei am Beginn des felsigen Teils ist nicht sonderlich schwer. Geht auch für Angsthasen (wie mich). Nach ca 10 Hm kommt wieder steiles Gehgelände. Die Stelle abwärts zu klettern hätte ich da schon mehr Bedenken. Aber mit einem felserfahrenen Vorgeher geht das sicherlich auch. Wenn man vom Gaisalpsee kommt und dahin wieder zurückgeht, erspart man sich diese Stelle natürlich. Allerdings ist dieser Weg teilweise auch recht ausgesetzt und bei feuchten Verhältnissen eher unberechenbarer als die Felskletterei.
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Completed this Route on July 19, 2020
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
11.3 km
Duration
6:00h
Ascent
1,246 m
Descent
1,246 m
Public transport friendly Loop Scenic Refreshment stops available Summit route Exposed sections Scrambling required Ridge traverse

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