Brandjochspitze Skyrun Loop

Innsbruck

Nordkette

Progressively steep and technical trail that will leave you breathless from the vert and the views.

Trail Running Extreme

Distance
17 km
Ascent
2.3 km
Descent
2.3 km
Duration
4-5 hrs
Low Point
869 m
High Point
2.5 km
Gradient
25˚
Brandjochspitze Skyrun Loop Map

It's steep, it's technical and only for those with a high level of experience in the mountains and comfortable with exposure and free climbing to the third grade. If you tick these boxes, you're going to have an incredible experience.

Description

Start from Gramartboden where you can park your car or alternatively run from the city centre. The first few kilometres of the route has a Strava segment which finishes at Höttinger Bild, for those so inclined. Then the trail climbs steep up to Achselkopf and Achselboden where there is a chance to refill your water. Look towards the alpine terrain and peak in front of you as that's where you're headed.

From Brandjochkreuz, the trail disappears as you follow the ridge and find the way via the red dots on the rocks. They are not easily seen so keep your eyes peeled and be sure of your surroundings.

The trail becomes progressively more technical with two difficult points: firstly a downclimb and then an ascent up a chimney, classified as a Grade 3 climb. Take care as the rocks can be very loose and experience is essential. There are some bolts for security and we recommend carrying a rope and harness with you.

This route, not for the faint of heart, continues to an easy Grade A Via Ferrata to Frau Hitt Saddle, where you make your descent, leaving the loose rocks behind and towards the alpine meadows surrounding Höttinger Alm, a well-earned refreshment point before the finish.

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Difficulty

Extreme

Extreme Exposure

4 out of 4

Some trail sections are extremely exposed where falling will almost certainly result in serious injury or death.

Remoteness

4 out of 4

In the high mountains or remote conditions, all individuals must be completely autonomous in every situation.

Best time to visit

June, July, August, September, October

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