LWD Tirol
Municipality: Kühtai

Beautiful classic ascent, If the Vordere Karlesspitze is to steep regarding the conditions and the Wetterkreuz is to boring, than you are right at the Hintere Karlesspitze.

Tour Data
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Difficulty SAC: WS
Summit altitude: 2.641m
Start altitude: 1.741m
Vertical height: 900m
Walking time h:min: 2:45
Exposition: North,Northeast,Northwest,
Best season: All winter
How to get there:

Via A12 exit  Zirl-Ost / Kematen up to the Sellraintal and further in to Kühtai. Passing Kühtai and the Dortmunder Hütte, we reach the Längentaler Stausee (water reservoir). Below the dam, the road crosses the creek three times, after the third crossing south-east of the road there is a small parking lot.

Route description
Starting point:

We park at the small parking lot or in the bay just beside the road.


From the parking area south-east we walk into the the steep forest, getting up the often bumpy descent path. In poor snow conditions, we already mount our crampons on the splitboards / ski touring ski at the parking lot. We walk up and then the forest thins out. We reach the small plateau of the Obere Issalm, easy to recognize also because of the frozen mill, which we will pass in the next 20 minutes. Caused by the snow conditions, we decide whether hiking up at the left or the right side of the Wörgetal.

left (direct): We walk slowly in respectful distance to the western faces of Schafzoll, Vordere- und Hintere Karlesspitze to the Untere- und Obere Böden. Here we cross the variant right track.

right: In the clearing, we first follow the summer trail and soon cross the creek. Than we hike up the escarpment to the right of a broad, quite steep northeast slope. Than plane further southeast in the Obere Böden. Now the uphill tracks will seperate, we turn left, south-east and walk up to the Knappen Rücken. Near the short but steep ridge, we deposit our splitboards or skitouring skis and make the last 20 meters by feet, reaching the top of Hintere Karlesspitze at 2641m.


As ascent through magnificent splitboard, backcountry area, there are steeper and planer runs we can choose. Of course we have the danger of avalanches in our minds and adjust to the situation.

Ascent route map (show/hide)

Gastronomy recommendation:

Always tasty food at Dortmunder Hütte

Accommodation recommendation:

Die Dortmunder Hütte hat ein rustikales Bettenlager und Zimmer. Die Preise betragen zwischen 16,00-20,00 € für Alpenvereinsmitglieder gibt es Ermäßigung und auch für Kinder und Jugendliche bis 18 Jahren.