Hauerkogel (2491 m) - hike from Längenfeld

Published by Roald , 16 July 2019, 20h46.

Region: World » Austria » Zentrale Ostalpen » Ötztaler Alpen
Date of the hike:16 July 2019
Hiking grading: T3+ - Difficult Mountain hike
Geo-Tags: A 
Time: 5:30
Height gain: 1300 m 4264 ft.
Height loss: 1300 m 4264 ft.
Route:See waypoints and GPS track (10 km)
Accommodation:Hotel Aqua Dome

Hauerkogel (2491 m) is a mountain peak just west of Längenfeld in Ötztal. From the valley the mountain looks more difficult than a T3 hike, but there is a red-white-red marked trail all the way to the summit.

Start of the hike at 9 AM. In the lower part, the trail partially follows a forest road, but there are some possible shortcuts. These may not be marked, but are quite obvious - just follow the paths. Between elevation 1800 and 1900 m there are a few steep spots were the trail is secured with steel cables, and iron steps have been mounted in the bedrock. Overall, because of these slightly more difficult spots I chose to rate the hike T3+ instead of just T3.

Further up it becomes easier and there is soon the view to Hauerkogel, which looks impossible to climb from most angles. However, the trail makes it's way up through the couloir which ends just south of Hauerkogel. The ascent is steep, but does not pose any problems. However, it is more difficult to go downhill because of the loose sand/dirt. Difficulty T3. The last part of the ascent is less steep and only takes 5 min from the "pass". After 2 h 20 min with a good pace I reached the summit.

Despite some wind on the way up, there was actually no wind at all at the summit. According to the new summit book from this year, every other day someone has been going up there for the last 4 weeks. But today I was alone, despite the great weather. The summit book was named "Daumen", which seems to indicate that locals use that name. Perhaps the mountain range including Hauerkogel looks like a hand, and Hauerkogel would then be the thumb.

For the descent I followed the same route. At elevation 1800 m or so I met a couple with two dogs, but I don't know if they were heading for Hauerkogel.

- Please see attached GPS track fro more details on the route.
- The total time given for this hike includes a total of approx. 45 min breaks.
- Equipment: hiking sticks.

Hike partners: Roald

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