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Mittleres Unterinntal

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A Tarred or paved road
B Dirt track
C Mule trail
D Mountain trail
E Equipped trail (cables, ladders)
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R40 Kellerjochhütte » Schwaz
  |   6h05   |   15.7 km   |   614 m   |   2063 m

A stage offering great vantage points and ending in the silver-mining town of Schwaz lies ahead. The climb to the Kellerjoch hut is quite steep, but the cosy hut can satisfy all that a hiker’s heart could desire. Continue either via the old Alte Kellerjoch hut or following the ridge over the Kreuzjoch pass and Gratzenkopf, to arrive in the town of Schwaz, which became famous thanks to its silver mines.

Point Segment
Name Services Information Marking
2237 m
| C  2.5 km / 1h40
2218 m
| C  0.8 km / 0h35
2335 m
| C  1.7 km / 0h25
2057 m
| C  3.2 km / 1h05
1487 m
| BC  1.5 km / 0h45
1225 m
| BC  3 km / 0h45
956 m
| BC  3 km / 0h50
550 m
Detailed route description
Natural and cultural heritage
Other long-distance trails and alternative routes
Ascent of the Kuhmöser, ascent to the 2,344m Kreuzjoch pass with chapel.
Useful topographic maps
  • Nr. 5/3 Karwendelgebirge Ost ~ Oesterreichischer Alpenverein (1:25.000)
  • WK 151 Zillertal, Tuxer Alpen, Jenbach, Schwaz ~ Freytag&Berndt (1:50.000)
  • Ök 50 119 ~ Bundesamt für Eich- und Vermessungswesen (1:50.000)
  • Nr. 28 Achensee, Rofan, Zillertal ~ Kompass (1:50.000)
Useful guidebooks
  • Schwaz-Portrait einer Tiorler Bezirksstadt, Hans Andreatta u. Klaus Kandler ~ Berenkamp (ISBN )
  • Der Schwazer Naturführer, Alessandra Sarti u. Reinhard Hölzl ~ (ISBN )

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  • Carsten - 2022-01-10
    [4] Excellent resupply in Schwaz. Start at the Stadtgalerien (just before the river, on the left, the Via Alpina passes it, with supermarket as well as DM and Muller markets, the latter two carrying their usual range of health foods). Past the train station (whose pedestrian underpass one has to use) is a Hofer/Aldi. Prices in Schwaz are about half of what they were in Sexten or Finkenberg.
  • Carsten - 2022-01-10
    [3] About 5km before Schwaz one reaches an asphalt road and a bus stop, Pertrach (buses run almost every hour to Schwaz). The guidebook says walk the road into town. The app shows a hiking trail that takes off in the second far (East) curve down; signposts appear 5min into the trail, but where it starts from the asphalt road there is only a sign about a "Rodelbahn"; this somewhat rough trail descends rapidly along a creek and then moves diagonally away from the creek, crosses the asphalt road, and continues as a forest trail to the
    very edge of Schwaz. Another option at Pertrach is to follow the signs to "Burg Freundsberg" with a trail that seems to continue through nice old forest; the GPS waypoints for the Via Alpina lead to within 300m and 100m altitude (below) the Burg, so from the Burg it's just a matter of descending to rejoin the GPS route.
  • Carsten - 2022-01-10
    [2] If one goes to the Kellerjochhuette, one has 3 possibilities to continue: (1) Follow the GPS waypoints, which means an about 2km slope crossing (the slope is at a 70-80 degree angle but the trail is good, albeit narrow, early on secured with c.200m of cables that aren't necessarily needed, and the slope is covered in grass and small bushes), or (2) walk around the Kellerjochhuette and find the spur trail down to the highline trail (from afar, this looked like the easiest option; it will likely provide an incentive to bypass the Gratzenkopf, or (3) continue from the hut to the chapel and continue from there to rejoin the GPS waypoints; the trail to the chapel (300-500m) may look challenging, being secured with cables in the beginning, but to judge from conversations with other hikers, could yet be easier than (1) (which I took).
  • Carsten - 2022-01-10
    [1] Ascending towards the Kellerjochhuette from the Gamssteinhaus at the beginning of R40, after about 15 minutes signposts give two options to reach the Kellerjochhurtte: straight up, or via a highline trail ("Hochebenweg") circling around the mountain and then ascending a spur to the hut. Both are signposted with the same time (I think it was 1 3/4 hours). Unless one wants to spend the night at the hut or for some other reason wishes to go up there, the highline trail *without* final ascent (bypass the hut, since one has to descend to 550m altitude Schwaz afterwards -- why add another 500m elevation gain to what’s already a big drop?) for no real gain -- may well be preferable. Where the spur trail branches off the highline trail to go up, one can continue the highline trail and either start descending to Schwaz (on trails) or continue in order to rejoin, after a bit of ascent, the GPS waypoints of the Via Alpina to go to the Gratzenkopf (a lower peak).
  • Lolo - 2019-07-31
    Hebergement à Schwaz à Einhorn Schaller...très bien (56€ : nuit + petit dej). Resto fermé ce jour là.
    Automatic translation [Google]
    Accommodation in Schwaz in Einhorn Schaller ... very good (56 €: night + breakfast). Resto closed that day.
  • POPEYE GG - 2019-02-01
    Dimanche 17 juin 2018
    Descente aisée sur Schwaz (nous en avions fait la moitié la veille pour cause de difficulté d'hébergement!).
    A Schwaz, personne à la Pension Clara; il y avait la fête du village, peut-être en est-ce la raison?
    Du coup, nous avons filé jusqu'à Stanz, sur l'autre rive de l'Inn, pour nous rapprocher un peu pour l'étape suivante. Nous avons trouvé à l'Hotel Garni Appartments Kastner (130€ pour 3).
    Automatic translation [Google]
    Sunday, June 17, 2018 Easy descent on Schwaz (we had done half the day before because of difficulty of accommodation!). In Schwaz, no one at Pension Clara; there was the village festival, maybe that's the reason? So, we went to Stanz, on the other side of the Inn, to get a little closer to the next stage. We found at the Hotel Garni Appartments Kastner (130 € for 3).
  • Eva - 2017-07-30
    Gamssteinhaus was closed (on a Saturday), but it's a great camping spot. Unfortunately I couldn't do the ridge hike to the Kellerjoch Hütte, the weather was too unstable, but there is a good alternative route that goes via Proxenalm.
  • Daniel - 2016-09-26
    In Schwaz you will stay at Pension Clara, just some 100m from the stage end-point. €38 B&B. Ask anybody for the way. Or walk down to the river, and turn right 300m to the tourist office.
  • Elisabeth - 2012-12-24
    Depuis le refuge Kellerjochhütte, la variante par le Gratzenkopf est jolie mais beaucoup plus longue.
    Automatic translation [Google]
    From the refuge Kellerjochhütte, variant by Gratzenkopf is pretty but much longer.
  • Jean-Louis GIRAUD - 2012-03-28
    Compte tenu du trés mauvais temps et des prévisions météo, je n'ai pas souhaité dormir à SCHWAZ mais plutot avancer sur la prochaine étape R41...Je me suis finalement arrété au monastère Bénédictin de St GEORGENBERG-FIECHT. Ce soir là , il y avait de la place et j'ai été trés bien accueilli .
    J'ai également pris le repas du soir et le petit déjeuner dans un réfectoire de l'abbaye .
    Automatic translation [Google]
    Given the very bad weather and weather forecasts, I did not want to sleep SCHWAZ but rather the next step forward on R41 ... I finally stopped at the Benedictine monastery of St-Georgenberg Fiecht. That evening, there was room and I was very well received. I also had dinner and breakfast in the refectory of the abbey.
  • AV Hall - 2011-12-28
    Von der Rastkogel oder kellerjochhütte zweiegt der "INntaler Höhenweg" Richtung Innsbruck ab, das ist eine Variante des Roten weges, über Lizumer- und Glungezerhütte zum Patscherkofel. Details unter
    Automatic translation [Google]
    From the Rastkogel or Kellerjochhütte zweiegt from the "Inntaler trail" towards Innsbruck, which is a variant of the Red route, for about Lizumer and Glungezerhütte Patscherkofel. Details at
Last update : 2019-12-15