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Bike & Hike Birkkarspitze Summit, 2,749 m

Difficult bike and hike tour to the highest peak in the Karwendel Nature Park.


Starting point: Scharnitz parking Länd (P2)
Finishing point: Birkkarspitze
Ascent1,800 m
Highest point2,749 m
Route distance20.0 km
Walking time / total06:00 hh:mm
Walking time / ascent06:00 hh:mm
Level of difficultydifficult

Elevation profile


Starting point: Scharnitz – Alpine Hut Karwendelhaus – Ridge Schlaukar – Summit Birkkarspitze
Ascent time: approx. 6 hours in combination with the bike, please plan enough time for the return!

Here’s another tour which gives you the opportunity to combine mountain biking with mountain hiking! Starting at the hikers’ car park at Nature Park Information Center Scharnitz, follow the road to the venison wholesaler 'Wildfleischhandel Gaugg'. Cross the bridge there and turn left towards the Karwendeltal valley on the indyllic bike trail tirol. The climb is steep at the beginning as far as the Birzelkapelle chapel. Continue on the forest track through the beautiful Karwendeltal valley with a final ascent up to the alpine hut Karwendelhaus. From there, a steep, winding track takes you into and through the Schlaukar cirque and onto a scree track up to the Schlauchkarsattel (2,639 m). Caution: there is old snow lying on the steep slopes before the saddle almost all summer long! From the saddle, walk in an easterly direction to the little Birkkarhüttl (no refreshments available) mountain refuge where a fixed-steel-rope section leads you over the craggy rock to the summit (2,749 m). Attention: surefootedness, no fear of heights, some easy climbing experience necessary! The descent follows the same route as the ascent.

Details for one direction:

  • Bike route nr. 595: approx. 18 km, 850 hm uphill, 03:00 h, difficulty: medium
  • Hike route: approx. 2.5 km, 950 hm uphill, 03:00 h, difficulty: difficult
If you only hike the tour, it will takes approx. 09:00 h.