Rubihorn | 1948m

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Rubihorn is arguably the last (or first depending on your viewpoint) "real" mountain of the Allgäu Alps. It is the westernmost bastion of the Daumen - Nebelhorn ridge and towers roughly 1000m above the village of Rubi in the Iller Valley underneath. The mountain is a near 2000er, made of grey main dolomite rock which is more brittle than the yellow-whitish Schlern dolomite which you find in the Dolomite mountain ranges in northern Italy. Rubihorn displays steep east, north and west faces, which drop down into the valley underneath. It is connected by a sharp knife-edged ridge with neighbouring Gaisalphorn, which is only one four meters lower. The ridge can be traversed by a protected trail (gesicherter Steig) which is one of the most interesting hiking routes in the Allgäu Alps. Thanks to the exposed position of both mountains the ridge offers perfect views into the Allgäu Alps and the surrounding mountain groups of the area. Rubihorn has two summits, the main summit at 1957m and the northern summit at 1952m.

The regular routes to the summit of Rubihorn are far less difficult, rather regular hiking trails, which get rather steep near the summit. The south-western route from Oberstdorf traverses the forest at the base of the mountain before endlessly zig-zagging towards the Rubihorn-Gaisalphorn ridge, which it reaches close to the Rubihorn summit. The north-eastern route follows the Gaisalp Valley, where it passes by two beautiful mountain lakes. The final ascent is a steep scree scramble along well-trodden paths.

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Photo: Thomas Siegler

By public transport (with Servus-Ticket):

Start- and Endpoint of the hike is the station in Oberstdorf. If you don't need a bus, you can easily go to Allgäu with the cheaper "Servus Ticket" which one you can buy in the train (Only ALX-Trains before the conductor comes to you) but also the Bayern-Ticket is valid.

After decent from the lake

Berggasthof Gaisalpe (1165 m), privat, Gaisalpe 3, 87561 Oberstdorf, Tel. +49 (0)8326/7917

At the end of the hike i can recomment to visit the Dampfbierbrauerei in front of the station.

Even some small shops in at the station in Oberstdorf are available for Snacks/Drinks

At the lake you will find a source where you can refill your waterbottles

Technical Difficulty Medium
Gear Hiking Boots
Popularity 2
Highest point 1948m
Total gain 1317m
Total loss 1317m
Duration 07:19
Distance 17.2Km
Rating 1309