The Hahnenköpfle is located in Schwarzwassertal between Hoher Ifen and Gottesackerplateau. The route leads across stony, steep paths along the syncline of the Ifen to the peak with great views.
Already during the ride with the chair lift of the Ifenbahn the Ifen plateau between the tree tops cannot be overlooked. During the tour we will be able to see the harsh cliffs up close. While we walk up the first few hundred meters from the Ifenhütte (hut) we are accompanied by the cows’ ringing bells until we reach the entrance of the Ifen syncline. We hike at the right side of this broad gully and enjoy a fantastic view on the Ifen’s entire north eastern cliffs. Our curiosity is also aroused by the Gottesacker plateau, the karst area that stretches east of the Hahnenköpfle As soon as the peak of the Hahnenköpfle comes into sight we glimpse the peculiar rock landscape for the first time. At the top we have the Nagelfluhkette in front of us in the north, turning slightly to the west we see the Bregenzerwald and Lake Constance in the distance. In the south the Widdersteins appears behind the Walmendingerhorn – dominating is however now the enormous barren rock plateau. It bears a magical appeal, which makes you want to put foot on its perforated surface. So why not use the short round course leading over the mountain station fo the Hahnenköpflebahn back to the original path. At the end of this absolutely rewarding tour a stop at the Ifenhütte is highly recommended.
Short detour from the peak over the Gottesacker plateau – a spacious rocky playground for sure-footed mountaineers.
Sturdy shoes and hiking poles for steep sections recommended. When necessary, rainproof clothing and head covering.
Tips, hints and links
Hiking trails, huts and attractions can also be found in the nature adventure map, which can be purchased at the tourist office in Hirschegg.
Hirschegg (1577 m)
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Starting point is the valley station of the Ifenbahn which takes us on 1582 m. At the mountain station we take the path below the Ifenhütte in the direction of the Hahnenköpfle. In serpentines we continue on a moderately steep path up to the Ifen syncline, a broad gully alongside the Ifen. At the junction we keep right and follow the signposts to Hahnenköpfle. On a partly very stony, eroded path we climb up at the right rim of the Ifen syncline. After some time the area opens up and we catch sight of the beginnings of the Gottesacker plateau and the mountain station of the Hahnenköpflebahn (closed in summer) on the righthand side. However, we continue towards the peak of the Hahnenköpfle for 10 more minutes. From the peak we can either descend using the same route or make a approx.. 20 minutes detour over the Gottesacker plateau. The perforated surface requires some sure-footedness, however; it includes a small climb-down on two iron steps facing backwards. Behind the lift cabin the route meets the path which leads back through the Ifen syncline to the Ifenhütte.
Public transport friendly
Leave the car where it is!
The Walserbus is a convenient way to reach your starting point. Line 1 takes you to the district Schwende. For this tour you need to get off at the stop Alpenrose.
Most routes from Germany lead to Ulm before carrying on along the A7. Take the Allgäu junction over a section of the A980 to the Waltenhofen junction, then take the 4- lane B19 via Sonthofen and Oberstdorf to Kleinwalsertal. From Austria (Vorarlberg) and Switzerland you reach the Kleinwalsertal via the Bregenzerwald (Hittisau) – Riedbergpass – Fischen – Oberstdorf. From Tyrol the fastest route is over the A7 to Kempten carrying on along the B19 direction Oberstdorf. A motorway vignette is not required to reach the valley.
Parking space (fee required) located at the starting point