Max. Altitude: 1811m
This hike has been completed on 25th October 2020, according to the directions on Bergtour-online.de.
It is incredible how the landscape in the Bavarian mountains can change from one week to another. Just seven days after our hike to the Tegernseer Hütte, we went to hike the Auerspitz in the Bayrischzell region, surprised by the total absence of snow.
The starting point is the parking lot Stocker, on the Tirolerstraße. From there we crossed the road and followed the path aside the Sillbach river (don't miss the waterfall!) till reaching the junction with the forest road. The road starts quite steeply, going in the forest up to the plateau, where the Sillberghaus hut lies.
From the hut we continued left on the main path, entering once again the forest for a short stretch. The trail returns into an open meadow with a couple of huts. There, the forest road stops and the path continues as a proper mountain trail, with an increasing slope and first glances on the Auerspitz peak.
We continued on the steeper trail, which gets rockier approaching the peak. Eventually, after some steps and a climb over the short ridge, we reached the Auerspitz. Unfortunately, the peak was packed with people, so we stayed there just for the time to shoot some pictures and started immediately our descent towards the Soinsee lake.
The descent towards the lake was a bit more tricky, since this side of the mountain is exposed north and the melted snow left a muddy trail behind. In any case, the descent provides with amazing panoramas over the surrounding mountains, especially over the Ruchenköpfe, a beloved destination for local mountain climbers.
After about one hour, we finally reached the scenic little Soinsee, where we stopped for our deserved lunch break.
After lunch, we got back on the trail, which turns back into a forest road. To get back to the parking lot, there are two possibilities. Either continuing on the forest road back to the Silberghaus and then on the same road as the way up, or turning left on a hiking path in the forest. If you opt for the latter, be sure to not miss the trailhead, since there are no indications. We went for the second option, reaching the parking lot after another hour ca.