Rewarding alpine tour for experienced hikers with a panorama on the Ifen peak without comparison.
Its sloping plateau, the steep rock walls and karst Gottesackerplateau make the Ifen is an unmistakable feature of the Kleinwalsertal mountain arena. On varied paths the round trip leads hikers from Schwarzwassertal to the summit plateau. However, the scree, the steep ascent to the Ifenplateau and the long descent through Ifersgunt, Blackwater Cottage and Melköde require good physical condition, sure-footedness and being free from giddiness; Otherwise, for good hikers a very pleasant hike.
Best conditions for the tour are in autumn when the sun is not shining relentlessly onto the barren plateau.
Sturdy shoes and hiking poles and sufficient water as there is no possibility for refilling or stop by between Ifenhütte und Ifersgunt alp. 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 (1274 m)
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From the Auenhütte ascent with the Ifen chairlift to the Ifenhütte (alternatively: follow the trail on the right to the mountain station +50 min,). Uphill walk in serpentines on well-marked paths to the Ifenboard. Then hike in the Ifenmulde through a boulder field changing into rocks up onto the plateau of Ifen. Difficult passages are secured by ropes. On the plateau slight ascent to the summit. In spring you may find dangerous snowfields. Otherwise a pleasant mountain tour for good mountaineers. Descent over the Schwarzwasserhütte. Partially fairly steep descent through scree and tethered rock slabs. From the Schwarzwasserhütte nice trail to the Auenhütte.
Public transport friendly
Leave the car where it is!
The Walserbus is a convenient way to reach your starting point. Line 5 takes you to the district Au. For this tour you need to get off at the bus stop "Ifen".
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.
A parking area (fee required) is located directly by the starting point.