Alternative crossover from Oberstdorf to Lechtal, if the E5 route Kemptner Hütte - Mädeljoch - Holzgau is inaccessible.
Take a bus or taxi to Alpe Eschbach. The first 9km of the hike follows a paved mountain road into the tranquil Rappenseetal valley. From the Speicherhütte climb up an Alpine path with spectacular views up to the Schrofenpass. Via the Mansguber Alm you will arrive at the scattered houses of Lechleiten and then follow the Lechweg route (Lech River Trail) to Warth.
This alternative route is not suitable for bad weather/thunderstorms.
The path over the Schofenpass also has an Alpine character and is partially exposed and covered by cable rope. A good head for heights and sure-footedness are necessary.
This is a popular mountain bike route. Be mindful of mountain bikers and make space if necessary.
You may be walking past a few different areas where cows graze. Although generally very docile and used to walkers, keep your distance and never turn your back on a cow that is behaving strangely or aggressive. Be particularly vigilant around cows with calves.
Always allow enough time for your hiking tour. The specified walking times only refer to actual time spent walking. Breaks for photos and a rest need to be added to the specified times.
Make sure you find out about current weather conditions and keep an eye on weather changes. Thunderstorms can gather very quickly in the Alps.
Do not leave the marked hiking trails!
Always wear good walking boots with a robust sole, and take waterproofs with you. Don’t forget to take plenty of water with you (at least two litres per person) and to protect yourself against the sun. Trekking poles are highly recommended.
Refreshments can be picked up from Schwarze-Hut however, opening times can vary. Always carry enough food and water to see you through the day!