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Höllental Loop under Zugspitze

Hike through Hell to See Heaven
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 10.7 miles
Duration: Full day

Overview :  Höllental, which means Hell Valley, is a valley in Wetterstein Alps (Wettersteingebirge) and lies under the Zugspitze (the... more »

Tips:  Alternatives. Should you decide to shorten the trail and make it easier (by hiking less elevation) you have the following option: Drop... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Kreuzeckbahn Talstation (766 m)

Make Garmisch Partenkirchen, local part Kreuzeckbahn Talstation (Kreuzeckbahn cableway valley station), your trailhead, which will be also your destination after completing the whole loop.

The next POI is about 1.9 km (or 25 minutes) distant. From the parking lot at Kreuzeckbahn Talstation turn right and head in the direction of Hammersbach,... More

As soon as you reach Hammersbach (at Grainau), turn left. Do not stop here.

The next POI is about 2.8 km (or 48 minutes) distant. Follow the signpost Höllentalklamm (Hell valley gorge) till you come to the Höllentalklamm Eingangshütte (entrance cottage to the gorge).

3. Höllentalklamm Start

At the Höllentalklamm Eingangshütte cottage pay a small entrance fee to get further.

The next POI is about 3.9 km (or 1:45 hour) distant. As you are hiking up the Höllentalklamm gorge, enjoy a really impressive narrow romantic gorge bountiful with water performance. You have to overcome bridges, tunnels and water sprays. But do... More

4. Höllentalangerhütte (1381m)

Make a refreshment stop at the Höllentalangerhütte cottage and enjoy wonderful views on the highest peak of Germany – Zugspitze (2962 m).

The next POI is about 6.2 km (or 1:57 hour) distant. From the cottage turn left and head in the direction of Kreuzeck cableway upper station. The trail rises slowly and is very pleasant. While hiking,... More

5. Kreuzeckbahn Bergstation (1650m)

Enter the Kreuzeckbahn Bergstation (Kreuzeckbahn cableway mountain station). Do not worry for the ticket for now, you will pay in the valley station.

Take the cableway to get down to the trailhead and complete your trip. The ride is about 2.2 km (or 9 minutes). Enjoy views while spending the last trip leg, comfortable high in the air.

6. Zugspitze (2962m)

While standing outside the Höllentalangerhütte cottage, admire the highest peak of Germany from the distance of about 3.5 km. Some say, the best view on a peak is always from another place overlooking that peak. Actually, when you are standing on the peak, you see everything around but not the peak itself.

Use this parking place as an alternative option if you want to make the trip shorter and less strenuous.