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Hoher Ifen – descent via Schwarzwasserhütte

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  • Der Hohe Ifen mit der Alpe Ifersgunt
    Der Hohe Ifen mit der Alpe Ifersgunt
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m 2600 2400 2200 2000 1800 1600 1400 1200 1000 14 12 10 8 6 4 2 km Alpe Melköde (GenussHütte) Hoher Ifen Schwarzwasserhütte Alpe Ifersgunt Estavelle Ifenhütte Herzsee
Varied, alpine round tour for the experienced on one of the most famous Walser peaks.
Distance 15.4 km
6:30 h
1,041 m
1,041 m
2,230 m
1,274 m
Its sloping plateau, the steep rock walls and karst Gottesackerplateau make the Ifen is an unmistakable feature of the Kleinwalsertal mountain arena. On varied paths the round trip leads hikers from Schwarzwassertal to the summit plateau. However, the scree, the steep ascent to the Ifenplateau and the long descent through Ifersgunt, Blackwater Cottage and Melköde require good physical condition, sure-footedness and being free from giddiness; Otherwise, for good hikers a very pleasant hike.

Author’s recommendation

Best conditions for the tour are in autumn when the sun is not shining relentlessly onto the barren plateau.
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Update: April 19, 2022
Highest point
2,230 m
Lowest point
1,274 m
Best time of year

Track types

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Rest stops

Alpin Lodge Auenhütte Alpine comfort on the Ifen
Hut Ifersgunt
Alp Melköde - Gourmet hut

Safety information

140 Alpine Emergencies Austria wide 
144 Alpine Emergencies Vorarlberg 
112 Euro-Emergencies (works with every mobile network)

Tips and hints

How do you consciously experience nature?


Nature is so much more than the backdrop for unforgettable mountain experiences. It is a habitat for animals and plants. It provides drinking water and supplies us with high quality food. Not only does it provide valuable raw materials such as wood, it also protects against avalanches and mudslides and regulates the climate. It is up to us to support nature in everything that it does for us. One thing is certain, together we can achieve more:


Smart in NATURE

CONSCIOUS together

EXPERIENCE foresight


Smart in NATURE

Take a deep breath and recharge your batteries, be outside and feel free. When we enjoy nature, we are guests in the living room of shy animals and rare plants. If you behave smart, they will be happy to share their living space with you in the future too.


Stay on paths and marked routes

If you follow the marked paths and routes, you are sure to come to new favorite places. In this way you also respect protected areas, because many animals and plants need special protection. Especially in winter, any disturbance unnecessarily costs the wild animals the strength they need to survive.


Avoiding twilight times

Standing on a mountain at sunrise is a special experience. The morning and evening hours are also the time when most wild animals are in search of food. If they are disturbed, they get stressed. If it cannot be avoided, please stay on the marked path, do not use a bright headlamp and enjoy the silence.


Stay clean & take rubbish with you

It goes without saying: You take rubbish with you again, on the mountain and in the valley. Please also organic waste, because it is composted much more slowly at altitude. You can dispose of the rubbish properly at home or in your accommodation - please remember that there are no rubbish bins in public spaces in Kleinwalsertal.


On the natural toilet

If you are looking for a quiet place, please be at least 50 m away from water. Bury excrement or cover it with a large stone. Use fallen leaves or recycled toilet paper and put the paper back in the trash bag.


On tour with a dog

Are you always in control of your four-legged partner, even if he gets his nose for marmots, deer or other wild animals? You are both on the safe side on a leash. Keep dogs on a short leash near grazing cattle. If an attack by a grazing animal is foreseeable: leash off immediately. There are numerous dog stations in the valley for the disposal of dog bags. The farmers and alpine farmers thank you because manure in meadows and fields contaminates the feed and makes grazing cattle sick.


CONSCIOUS to each other


Consideration for other athletes and those looking for relaxation

Everyone loves to enjoy a special piece of earth for themselves. But most of the time we are not traveling alone. No problem, because there is enough space. Allow time, open the way in an accommodating manner, provide support when someone needs help and always give a smile. So nothing stands in the way of friendly cooperation and relaxed enjoyment of nature.


Appreciating the preservation of the cultural landscape

Alpine landscapes are touching with their contrast: Imposing peaks and natural forests alternate with gentle valleys, well-tended meadows and pastures. In the Kleinwalsertal too, this delightful landscape at three altitudes is no coincidence, but the result of an interplay of natural and cultural landscapes. Behind this is the work of farmers, alpine and forestry as well as hunters. With their work, they ensure that the attractiveness of the recreation and leisure area and the diversity of species are preserved. We already say thank you if we stay on the marked trails and enjoy regional products.


EXPERIENCE farsighted


Safe on tour - for you and others

Whether on a ski or snowshoe tour in winter or on a mountain tour in summer, anyone who is out and about in alpine terrain has to be well prepared. This includes careful information and tour planning as well as the right equipment. Correctly assessing alpine dangers requires a lot of knowledge and experience. Why not learn from professionals and go on tour with one of the experienced guides?


Hirschegg (1,274 m)
47.342690, 10.137000
47°20'33.7"N 10°08'13.2"E
32T 585886 5243873
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Turn-by-turn directions

From the Auenhütte ascent with the Ifen chairlift to the Ifenhütte (alternatively: follow the trail on the right to the mountain station +50 min,). Uphill walk in serpentines on well-marked paths to the Ifenboard. Then hike in the Ifenmulde through a boulder field changing into rocks up onto the plateau of Ifen. Difficult passages are secured by ropes. On the plateau slight ascent to the summit. In spring you may find dangerous snowfields. Otherwise a pleasant mountain tour for good mountaineers. Descent over the Schwarzwasserhütte. Partially fairly steep descent through scree and tethered rock slabs. From the Schwarzwasserhütte nice trail to the Auenhütte.


Wildlife protection area Hoher Ifen a: December 31 - May 31
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Public transport


Leave the car where it is!

The Walserbus is a convenient way to reach your starting point. Line 5 takes you to the district Au. For this tour you need to get off at the bus stop "Ifen".

>>> Timetable Walserbus

Getting there

Most routes from Germany lead to Ulm before carrying on along the A7. Take the Allgäu junction over a section of the A980 to the Waltenhofen junction, then take the 4- lane B19 via Sonthofen and Oberstdorf to Kleinwalsertal. From Austria (Vorarlberg) and Switzerland you reach the Kleinwalsertal via the Bregenzerwald (Hittisau) – Riedbergpass – Fischen – Oberstdorf. From Tyrol the fastest route is over the A7 to Kempten carrying on along the B19 direction Oberstdorf. A motorway vignette is not required to reach the valley.


Paid parking spaces are located near the starting point. Parking along the main road is not permitted.


47.342690, 10.137000
47°20'33.7"N 10°08'13.2"E
32T 585886 5243873
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

Nature experience map, M 1:12.000 € 3,00; Kleinwalsertal tour map (with hiking guide), M 1:25.000 € 9,90, DAV hiking map, M 1:25.000 € 9,80; Available at the Walserhaus in Hirschegg


Sturdy shoes and hiking poles and sufficient water as there is no possibility for refilling or stop by between Ifenhütte und Ifersgunt alp. When necessary, rainproof clothing and head covering.

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Chri Schi 
June 13, 2022 · Community
Eine sehr schöne Runde, die schon seit Jahren bei mir auf der Merkliste stand... Früh morgens aufgebrochen, zu Zeiten der Bahn-Revision - mit dem Ergebnis, dass ich bis zum Gipfel und noch weite Teile des Abstiegs mutterseelenalleine unterwegs war. Gigantische Rundumsicht vom Gipfel aus heute!
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When did you do this route? June 11, 2022
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Christian Bande
August 06, 2021 · Community
Einfach faszinierend, anstrengend, wunderschön! Jederzeit wieder! Leider null Sicht auf dem Gipfel am heutigen Tag, aber trotzdem eine sensationelle, fordernde Tour, mit atemberaubenden Eindrücken, die für alles entschädigen.
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When did you do this route? August 06, 2021
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Carsten K. 
October 10, 2020 · Community
Wir sind gegen 09.30 Uhr aufgebrochen. Auf dem ersten Stück parallel zur Seilbahn wahren wir komplett allein. Erst ab der Bergstation kamen relativ viele andere Wanderer hinzu. Anfang Oktober lag in den Hochlagen schon ziemlich viel Schnee, was den Gipfelaufstieg nicht unmöglich machte, aber erschwerte. Ich kann mir jedoch vorstellen, dass dieser Aufstieg wenig später - zumindest für Ungeübte - aufgrund des Schnees nicht mehr möglich war. Der Abstieg lief über mehrere Geröllfelder und gut gesicherte kleinere Steigabschnitte. Auch für Ungeübte gut machbar. Die größte Schwierigkeit stellte für uns am Ende dann doch die Länge der Tour dar, da sich gerade das letzte Stück durch das Schwarzwasserbachtal zieht. Insgesamt für uns als wenig geübte Bergwanderer eine gut machbare Wanderung, die jedoch gut in die Knochen ging, wie wir die nächsten Tage zu spüren bekamen. Wunderschöne Ausblicke. Wir sind definitiv auf unsere Kosten gekommen und die Tour hat ihre 5 Sterne verdient.
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15.4 km
6:30 h
1,041 m
1,041 m
Highest point
2,230 m
Lowest point
1,274 m
Public-transport-friendly Circular route Scenic Refreshment stops available Geological highlights Cableway ascent/descent Summit route Secured passages Scrambling required


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