The Karkopf is a mountain, 1,738 m, and the highest peak of the whole Lattengebirge range in the German state of Bavaria. It lies exactly on the boundary between the municipality of Bayerisch Gmain (parish of Forst St. Zeno) to the west and the municipality of Bischofswiesen (parish of Bischofswiesener Forst) to the east.
As a consequence of its good long-distance views over the whole mountain massif, the mountain is a popular walking area. The mountains of Untersberg, Hoher Göll and Watzmann may be seen to the south, and the Zwiesel and Hochstaufen to the north. The summit may be ascended from various sides, e.g. via the Predigtstuhl or along the Törlschneid from Winkl. The ascent on the Alpgartensteig path has an easy klettersteig character with several ladders, steps and cables as protection. The route is only suited to experienced mountain walkers, because you need to have a head for heights and sure-footedness. From the top, you can walk to the top station of the Predigtstuhl Cable Car and from there get to the Bad Reichenhall Cable Car. It is also possible to walk from the Steinerne Agnes rocks and to the Rotofen rock towers.
There's a hiking trail (T2) called 479 leading to the summit. Karkopf is one of the 142 peaks along the multi-day Ostalpen.
The nearest mountain hut is Schlegelalm located 1 345m/4 412ft NW of the summit.
By elevation Karkopf is
# 1 out of 39 in the Lattengebirge
By prominence Karkopf is
# 18 out of 8134 in Bavaria # 20 out of 37308 in Germany # 6 out of 321 in Landkreis Berchtesgadener Land # 1 out of 39 in the Lattengebirge # 9 out of 1048 in the Northern Salzburg Alps # 5 out of 590 in the Berchtesgaden Alps
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