Snow shoe hike – from Unterammergau to Oberammergau


Snow shoe tour for beginners through magical mountain forest surroundings

  • Type Snowshoeing
  • Difficulty easy
  • Duration 2:42 h
  • Distance 6,7 km
  • Ascent 425 m
  • Descent 437 m
  • Lowest point 866 m
  • Highest point 1275 m


This tour follows a tobogganing route and passes through isolated areas of mountain forest up to the Kolbensattel Hut. It is particularly suited to beginners who wish to familiarise themselves with the basic techniques of snow shoe hiking. After a rest in the cosy surroundings of the Kolbensattel Hut, descent is via the educational trail next to the ski piste.

The course was developed in 2015 by the German Alpine Association working in conjunction with local representatives (forestry, hunting and farmers) as part of the “Environmentally friendly mountain skiing and climbing” project.
The ascent leads up towards the Pürschlinghaus via a forest road that is also used as a toboggan route. Watch out for trafiic coming towards you! Turn off left at the large crossroads where the route enters the Schleifmühl Gorge from below and make the comfortable ascent to the Kolbensattel Hut through an isolated mountain forest.
The descent back to the valley is via the uphill route of the ski tour educational trail (signposted). Please be sure to descend alongside the uphill route for the ski tourers at all times so as not to destroy the trail.
It is about a 30-minute hike from the valley station of the Kolbensesselbahn ski lift back to your starting point at the hikers' car park at the Schleifmühl Gorge in Unterammergau. You can also take the bus, which departs from the station in Oberammergau nearby.

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You can enjoy an unforgettable hiking experience in the Ammergau Alps as long as you have the right gear. Visit the "Best of Wandern" Test Centre in Bad Kohlgrub to try out the latest outdoor equipment free of charge.

- GPS devices

- rucksacks, child carriers, children's jackets

- multifunctional jackets

- hiking boots

- sticks and head lamps

- binoculars

- tour software

- snow shoes

- backpacking umbrellas

The Best of Wandern Test Centre is located at Hotel Schillingshof, directly opposite the Hörnlebahn ski lift.
adress: Fallerstraße 11, Bad Kohlgrub tel.: +49 8845 7010.

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Nach der Tour wartet das Heißwasserbecken des Erlebnisbad WellenBerg in Oberammergau auf Ihren Besuch. Bei traumhafter Kulisse lässt es sich hier im 34Grad warmen Becken bestens entspannen.
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Im Notfall verständigen Sie bitte die nächstgelegene Rettungsleitstelle. Unabhängig vom Standort erreichen Sie diese deutschlandweit unter der Telefonnummer 112.

A95, B23 via Oberammergau to Unterammergau
Hikers' car park at the Schleifmühl Gorge/Steckenberg Unteramergau (charges apply)
bus stop: Unterammergau, Rathaus
9606 Garmisch-Partenkirchen - Oberammergau - Wieskirche - Füssen
train stop: Unterammergau Bahnhof 
Murnau - Unterammergau – Oberammergau

Guests in the Ammergauer Alps Region can use their electronic guest pass or the "KönigsCard" to obtain free bus travel. 

Kartenmaterial erhalten Sie im Onlineshop der Ammergauer Alpen GmbH unter oder in den Tourist-Informationen vor Ort.

Map and arrival

Elevation profile