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Lachenstock, Zindlenspitz, & Rossälplispitz

Published by Roald , 12 August 2018, 21h11.

Region: World » Switzerland » Schwyz
Date of the hike:12 August 2018
Hiking grading: T4 - High-level Alpine hike
Geo-Tags: CH-GL   CH-SZ   Oberseegruppe 
Time: 8:15
Height gain: 1600 m 5248 ft.
Height loss: 1600 m 5248 ft.
Route:See waypoints and GPS track (13 km)
Access to start point:By car to Wägitalersee. Some parking available next to the road between Oberhof and Ziggen.

The plan was to hike to Lachenstock (2026 m), and eventually go to Zindlenspitz afterwards. In the end I added Rossälplispitz to the hike as well. Lachenstock isn't much of a mountain peak, but it's simply one of the highest points on the ridge between Zindlenspitz and Rädertenstock. I had not been there before, so I wanted to go and have a look.

Start of the hike at 8 am down at the lake. I followed the wrw marked trail in direction Zindlenspitz. At Alp Zindlen, I took a right on the wrw marked trail which goes in direction Lauibüel. This trail doesn't seem to be used much, and sometimes I lost the path for a moment. On the way, I visited the hilltop called Himmelchopf. The trail does not go up there, but it passes very close by. Himmelchopf has a great view to the lake, and it's a nice area with lots of pine trees.

Shortly after Himmelchopf, I left the marked trail, and went off trail in direction Lachenstock. Due to the abundant limestone, this was a rather troublesome area to hike through, and it took a long time to get to the summit of Lachenstock. From the summit of Lachenstock, I headed in direction NE on the ridge towards Zindlenspitz, and I found a nice spot to have lunch.

Next, I continued to Zindlenspitz, and then to Rossälplispitz. During the descent, I had a short but nice stop at the Hohfläschenhütte for a drink. It was a warm day!

Main difficulties:
Off trail through the limestone area between Himmelchopf and Lachenstock: T3
Final ascent to Zindlenspitz: T3
On the ridge down towards Rossalpelifurggel there is one very steep section secured with chains: T4
Final ascent to Rossalpelispitz: T4-

I refer to the attached GPS track for more details on the route.
The total time indicated for this hike includes about half an hour lunch break.

Equipment: Hiking sticks.

Hike partners: Roald

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