No more snow in the Kitzbüheler Alpen

On the way back from the Kobingerhütte

On the way back from the Kobingerhütte

We were back in the Alps around Kitzbühel this weekend. Three weeks ago the peaks here were still covered in snow. After a few hot days that snow has now all gone. This time we set off for a short hike in slightly higher altitudes not so much because of the lack of snow, but because I wanted to test my recovering knee on more difficult terrain.

We started in Kirchberg again and took the Gaisberg lift up to the Gaisbergalm. From there we continued on a moderately steep path to the Kaiserblick and then on to the Bärstättalm and Kobingerhütte.

Kirchberg and the Wilder Kaiser in the background

Kirchberg and the Wilder Kaiser in the background

We toyed with the idea of giving the Gaisberg summit a go, but decided against it. There was a thunderstorm warning for the afternoon and heavy clouds were gathering at 12 already. It was difficult to judge how long the weather would hold as well as how long it would take me up and down the summit. We returned via the direct path back to the chairlift (as opposed to the “Höhenweg” via Kaiserblick).

The gathering storm that never was

The gathering storm that never was

It was nice to see that I can navigate even slightly unstable terrain, but it was also clear that I have a way to go on descents. This is another nice afternoon hike if you find yourself with not much to do in Kitzbühel. In total it took as about 2.5 hours, with a total of 250m elevation difference!

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