From Maschgenkamm or Spitzmeilenhütte via Wissmeilen | Mountain hiking | Spitzmeilen | Swiss Alpine Club SAC

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Hiking or climbing on routes in alpine terrain requires good physical health, meticulous preparation and technical skills in mountain sports. The routes presented here are undertaken at one’s own risk. If you want to safely practice mountain sports, taking training courses run by experts is highly recommended by the SAC. All the contents of the SAC Route Portal are put together with utmost diligence. However, the Swiss Alpine Club and the authors cannot guarantee that the information provided here is up-do-date, correct and complete. Therefore, the SAC and the authors cannot be held liable for possible errors.

From Maschgenkamm or Spitzmeilenhütte via Wissmeilen (Normal route) Spitzmeilen 2501 m

  • Difficulty
    T4+
  • Ascent
    3:30 h, 1080 m
  • Descent
    3 h, 1080 m

The big cone

Those who want to climb Spitzmeilen, should travel by public transport, as this region offers so many access possibilities that it is ideal for deciding spontaneously where to descend or to spend the night at Spitzmeilenhütte. The tour described here has relatively few metres of vertical height and can be undertaken in one day. Spitzmeilen, a limestone peg surrounded by red and green verrucano, requires climbing on the last 80 metres of vertical height

Route description

Maschgenkamm - Wissmeilen – foot of Spitzmeilen

From Maschgenkamm ascend on white-red-white marked mountain hiking trails across the Ziger ridge to reach Zigerfurgglen. Now traverse the slope above Alp Fursch to Calanshüttli. Continue to the north-east ridge which leads to Wissmeilenpass. A mountain hiking trail follows this ridge, at the end on scree, to reach Wissmeilenpass between Wissmeilen and Magerrain. Now traverse Wissmeilen (P. 2481) and descend to the depression at the foot of Spitzmeilen. Bypass the Spitzmeilen summit on a faint path on the south-west side (T3+).

Summit ascent Spitzmeilen

On the east side of the summit there is a chimney through which one climbs to the summit. Be careful when other hikers are climbing up or down (rock fall). Descend to the foot of the summit on the ascent.

Foot of Spitzmeilen - Spitzmeilenhütte - Maschgenkamm

From the foot of Spitzmeilen descend east-north-eastward on a white-red marked faint path (T3), initially on the Schönegg ridge and then northward directly to Spitzmeilenhütte. From Spitzmeilenhütte follow the popular hiking trail in slightly hilly terrain via Laufböden and Fursch back to the starting point. A last, strenuous re-ascent leads back to Maschgenkamm.

Variant: descent to Engi via Mülibachtal

From Wissmeilenpass take the marked mountain hiking trail which leads to Engi through Mülibachtal via Mülibach Oberstafel and Skihütte Mülibachtal. T2, 3 h.

Additional information

Departure and arrival point

Maschgenkamm, summit station (2008 m)

Information about the cable car Tannenbodenalp- Maschgenkamm: www.flumserberg.ch

Time

Maschgenkamm summit station - Calans - Wissmeilen - Spitzmeilen: 3½ h. Spitzmeilen - Schönegg - Spitzmeilenhütte - Fursch – Maschgenkamm summit station: 3 h. Variant: descent to Engi, from Wissmeilenpass ca. 3 h.

Difficulty / Material

The difficulties are limited to climbing the summit proper. The fairly steep chimney on the east side is equipped with chains and fixed ropes (two passages are grade III). The climbing passages require experience or talent. Moreover, there is a risk of rock fall. Using a rope and wearing a helmet is recommended (fix the rope on the anchors of the chains; there is also an abseil anchor).

Waypoints

Skihütte Mülibachtal (1763 m)

Food, beverage and accommodation on the way through Mülibachtal

Engi, Weberei (812 m)

End point of the variant

Authors

Fabian Lippuner

David Coulin

David Coulin works as a communications manager, photojournalist and author. In addition, he provides mountain experiences throughout Switzerland and has published several alpine hiking and snowshoeing guides through the SAC.

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