Elevation (feet): 11,342
Elevation (meters): 3,457
Continent: Europe
Country: Austria
Range/Region: Otztal Alps
Latitude: 46.816389
Longitude: 10.870278
Difficulty: Basic Snow/Ice Climb
Best months for climbing: Jul, Aug, Sep
Year first climbed: 1865
First successful climber(s): Franz Senn and Cyprian Granbichler
Nearest major airport: Innsbruck
Convenient Center: Vent

Thanks to Frank Verwys and theyogiclimber for contributing to these details. (View history)

Kreuzspitze is an easy peak in the Oetztaler Alps and probably the highest that can be climbed without glacier experience. There are two small glaciers on the mountain though. The 2 easiest routes on the mountain do not cross glaciers but cross snow- and icefields. From the summit many peaks can be seen, including the 2nd and 3rd highest of Austria.

normalroute: from Vent to Martin Busch Haus(2.5 hours relatively flat from Vent, 2501m/8,203ft), then NW easy to summit in 2.5 hours. the last part (over 3200m/ 10,500ft), ice fields and the final part easy rocks to the summit. this route is often done in summer season.

Also from the N side the mountain can be tackled slightly more difficult from the Hochjochhospitz: SW-ridge from the col between Kreuzkogel and Kreuzspitze. from Col:a scramble.

Trip Reports

NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name

There are 4 trip reports for Kreuzspitze.

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  • Log #22514 - by J. Vranjes on Sep 04, 2015
    I climbed Kreuzspitze from Vent. So this was a long tour and the height difference was far more than 1500 meters. Started at 7:45 AM, passed Martin Busch hut 1:40 minutes later, and I was on the...
  • Log #14199 - by Andras Mantia on Sep 09, 2003
    We (my wife and I) were trying to find an easy, but high peak to climb in the Alps and Kreuzspitze seemed to be a good choice. This was the first time we were in the Alps, the equippement we had was...
  • Log #14200 - by Eric Luyten on July 11, 2002
    Since I had a fit but unexperienced partner with me, we took advantage of a two-day period of very fine weather early in the season to walk from Vent to the Martin Busch hut on Wednesday, where we...
  • Log #14202 - by Dirk RoĆ¾ on Sep 25, 2000
    nice way up from the seven springs ,easy climbing at the top other ways fom Linderhof