Etappe 5: Von Zuflucht nach Hark – der Westweg
Hiking Highlight (Segment)
Schwarzwald Tourismus planned a hike.
January 30, 2020
On the fifth stage you hike from the Naturhotel Zuflucht to the Vesperhof Hark, which lies in the middle of wide alpine meadows. You hike most of the time at a constant height over densely forested ridges and finally evenly downhill to the stage goal. Overall, there are more vertical meters in the descent than in the ascent - a welcome change after the mountain stages of the past two days.At the beginning of today's stage, you hike again parallel to the Black Forest high road to the Alexander hill pass. There used to be an important fortification here, after which the pass height is still named. There is also an old mountain hotel here, but it has been abandoned for several years.At the Alexander ski jump, the Black Forest high road bifurcates and for a while the Westweg runs parallel to one of the two streets. Fortunately, dense forest separates you from the road, so you hardly notice the passing cars. After about three kilometers, the road bends towards the valley and you can fully enjoy nature again for yourself. From a small clearing on a mountain slope you can see the road as it winds through the valley to Griesbach.Then you hike on a rustic hiking trail through a magical spell forest. Here the forest has not been managed by humans for many years and the landscape is slowly transforming back into a primeval forest. Dead trees lie on the edge of the path and offer an excellent habitat for insects, reptiles and plants.The path winds through thick and sometimes young forests, over small mountain meadows and along the enchanted Glaswaldsee. On your way you can stop at numerous unmanaged huts and admire the secluded landscape.Only shortly before your milestone does the forest finally open completely and give you a view of the Vesperhof Hark, the cozy but also the only accommodation in Hark.For today's stage, you should get food and water in advance, as there are no places to stop for refreshments between the nature hotel and the Vesperhof. It's best to ask for a packed lunch at the hotel in the morning.