We continued the tour today at Hahnenbach, where we ran past the Herrenberg visitor mine and the Altburg celtic settlement, both closed due to Corona.
So we had time for the Schmidtburg, which towers over the Hahnenbach, but less high than you might expect. This is due to the original and eponymous purpose as a smithy for the mined ores, for which a well was needed and you did not want to drive it through an even higher rock.The tour then leads through the idyllic Hahnenbach valley before the first serious ascent to the Teufelsfelsen on Womrather Höhe made us seriously doubt the tour. I had more jitters before the second climb to Koppenstein Castle.But first the tour leads past a sea of cairns, then to the Blickenfels and as an extra of this stage past the huge but difficult to access Katzenstein. From there it goes down to Simmerbach (also called Kellenbach in this area).
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After yesterday's hardcore tour, the longest, but not so strenuous, third stage started today.The tour starts at the Ellerspring hiking car park and then leads past the trekking camp and the highly visible Ellerspring radio tower over single trails to the extensive Glashütte Wiesen nature reserve, which was flooded by the sun. Then it goes up to the northern mountain range of the Soonwald and again off the original route on the beautiful Köhlerweg above the Argenthal quarry. We then continue via forest paths to the Schanzerkopf for the first break with a view of the Hunsrückhöhenstraße.The path continues on the mountain ridges, first to the Katzenkopf natural forest reserve and from there to the Hochsteinchen, where I can now climb the tower without fear, with some caution, to enjoy the view of the Ingelheim and Binger forest.
Today was the last stage of the Soonwaldsteig. The tour starts in the Binger forest at the Lauschhütte and leads first to the Salzkopf and the wooden lookout tower, where I had to pass a year ago. The stairs are steep like a ladder, but I finally made it to the top.Then it goes first through the idyllic part of the Morgenbach valley to the Steckeschläferklamm gorge, then through the deeper cut and until a year ago still blocked part, where the Morgenbach forcibly cut a deep notch valley to Trechtingshausen.On the donkey trail, a rocky single trail, you will climb the steep slopes of the Middle Rhine Valley to Rheinstein Castle and the small tower placed not far on a rocky outcrop. From there it goes steadily upwards to the Damianskopf with a great view of Bingen and Assmannshausen.