A long planned Palatinate tour through the source area of the Wieslauter was on the program today. There is no forestry in this area and nature is largely left to its own devices. This means that paths can change over time and that a lot has to be climbed across trees.
You will be rewarded with beautiful trails (and because of the location few other hikers). I thought it was great that from the first view - at the Luitpold Tower - the entire course of the hiking trail could be followed (well guessed). Because of the loud chatter we missed the turn to the green am at the "old blow" on the rear Winschertberg, which caused a little restlessness for the younger generation ... 'otherwise the aunt babbles in the trouser pocket when we are do something different than planned '🙄😬
Despite the extra km, we ran back, and the green ✚ has proven to be a much nicer alternative to the Palatinate Forest Path, which is passable in this section (because it is used here for forestry)!
As expected, the Pentecostal hiking crowd concentrated at Gräfenstein Castle - it was pretty crowded there. In contrast, contrary to expectations, we did not have to queue at the Gräfensteiner hut to get a table - only at the self-service counter, but that's OK 😁The way back via the blue and white marked path was as beautiful as the way there - increasingly rocky at the "narrow neck" and with a lot of climbing over tree trunks. It was fun again today!
5 days ago
On today's tour, tribute to Nicolet and MB 🍁😎, from whom I stole here.
The stamp head tunnel and the way there were just right for my pubescent children - they thought it was great this time and a shame that it is so short. There was some wind break on the rails that had to be avoided or overcome.The way to the (Barney) G (er) öllheimer Häuschen was somewhat mixed, because there was a lot of paved forest path. If I were to run the tour again, I would probably turn onto the blue-green marked path at Billesweiher and go over the Stumpfwaldgericht instead of Mount Albert. Although it is not said that there are fewer forest paths and more paths, the probability is higher ...Göllheimer house for a stop is recommended. They are geared towards hikers and the food is freshly prepared. Only when it comes to reservations are they somewhat inflexible - but that may be related to Corona.
We were lucky right in front of the Rosenthal Monastery - the ice cream truck was just in the village. At the monastery itself there was again an "Ebersteiner Rose" to be marveled at, as recently on the Gernsbach circuit in the Murgtal and Kraichgau (path markings and 2x "Schloss Eberstein").The rest of the way from Stauf was unfortunately characterized by asphalt and many Sunday trippers - only the small piece on the sculpture path near Ramsen (o-ton daughter: "The artist should limit himself to mushrooms" 😁) was reasonably quiet. Otherwise it was sometimes difficult to find the z. Maintain the required distance ...
May 24, 2020
Today there was a nice Father's Day tour - looking ahead with arrival and departure via public transport 😃
At the Weinbiethaus it was almost as if there hadn't been the last lockdown weeks. Only the snake in front of the door and the MNS worn almost exclusively under the chin reminded of it.At the recommendation of Schlofwandler, we went from there on a climbing section down the rock path to the Wolfsburg ruins - definitely a good tip (thanks!)
And the narrow path from there through the fragrant coniferous forest to Neustadt was very nice.
Get to know a beautiful corner of the Palatinate Forest again ...
May 21, 2020
A round to my liking. Almost exclusively narrow paths, almost no asphalt, wide views, along a babbling brook and (finally again) opportunities to stop.
Not to forget: The great softwood smell that so often (at the right corners, of course) hovers around your nose ... Vacation replacement!The Nellohütte was open and was briefly visited for a detour from Kohlplatz (children: "We need cakes to keep us happy" 😇), and the Edenkobener hut was planned anyway. Our previous visits there were mostly short because of the usual crowds. Today we had the interior almost to ourselves at 2:45 p.m.
On the other hand, it was quite crowded on the Rietburg - which probably has to do with the possibility of a comfortable ascent by cable car. In addition to a queue to the restaurant, there were also many sun worshipers there. Far fewer people off the beaten path.
Unfortunately, it was too late for a planned visit to the Edenkobener Weinkontor - maybe next time ...
May 16, 2020
Due to the weather forecasts for this weekend, the decision was rather spontaneous ... Thunderstorms on Sunday, a Palatinate tour was actually planned, but a look at the relevant websites on Saturday morning predicted dry and even sunny afternoon south of KA.
So finally the long-awaited grinding head round. The family was a bit surprised with the length and height, but in the end you can say: "Everything done correctly today".
The tour is based on the "Ottenhöfen in the Black Forest - In the footsteps of the monks of All Saints" with a few extra meters to the Schliffkopf and - if you are already at the All Saints Monastery - including the waterfalls.
Despite the closed inn, there was a lot going on, but probably not like on a Sunday.
In the 1000hm way there was even a black snake on the way, but this time too fast for my photo reaction speed (and much larger than the last one in Beiersbronn).
It was only on the way that I noticed that our route included a relatively large piece of Renchtalsteig - which made us curious ...It was great 😃
May 9, 2020
Today a small round of forest on narrow paths. Exemplary as the Palatinate is, even the paths were completely free of wind so that you could enjoy the path.
The area around the tranquil forest is also very beautiful - actually worth a highlight, but I didn't create it for reasons of piety.We found the random geocache fairly quickly (admittedly: wife and children - I was on the wrong track). But we didn't dare to "own the head forester" ... 🥺The view from the Rabenfels to the end was excellent. The traces of a forest fire that occurred at Rabenfels in April 2020 were clearly visible.
May 3, 2020
Actually the tour should be called "FR-HD # 11, (Zeutern -) Odenheim - Mühlhausen", but due to acute foot injury the latter part has become nothing today.
Too bad, because the "feeder" recommended by Scout Jens and Nicolet to the E1 via two ravines from Zeutern made you want more.
Well, the E1 does not run away and a terrace Sunday is not to be scoffed at either ...
April 26, 2020
Woke up early and after a quick breakfast we went to Baiersbronn for the 2-lake tour. At point 9 we were at the hiking car park and until after the descent to Ellbachsee we felt the forest to ourselves - even Sankenbachsee and the waterfalls ... fantastic.
The tour is very varied and has all kinds of paths - unfortunately, asphalt road on the edge of the forest above Mitteltal (the panorama compensates a little for the painful soles of the feet), but above all the narrow paths on the ascent to Sankenbachsee, along the waterfalls, the descent to the observation deck at Ellbachsee and - if you take it with you - the "adventure trail" will be remembered positively.
The viewing platform was closed, but you could also enjoy the view from below.
A special highlight: the little black hell otter (if it was one) - but let's just imagine it! 😊If you want to avoid the asphalt route, you could alternatively walk from the Ellbachhütte to the "Baiersbronn forest experience" over the Höllberg - but there would be another 180hm - the view at the Allmandblick would then be a detour.
April 25, 2020
Today we have combined two of the well-known circular routes in Ottenhöfen into one larger circuit: the Felsenweg and the Mühlenweg.
In addition, after the Benzmühle, we made a detour via the Zieselberg, which apparently is not visited so often. The summit path is narrow and varied, but the view from the summit rock is rather poor - which certainly has to do with the rather few visitors.
The climb at the beginning of our tour was very steep, but still easy to walk. In the course of spring / summer it will surely be overgrown so soon that I would not recommend it anymore - then prefer to take the "normal" ascent from the rock path and accept a few km more.
The people of Ottenhöfen seem to rely heavily on the drinking resistance of their hiking guests. I have never seen so many schnapps wells at once ...
Discovery highlight: Mariengrotte on the hat, which is even planted with flowers and hidden so that we almost missed it.
Children's highlight: cat with kittens in the rabbit hutch at the Benzmühle.
Highlight out of the series: Flammkuchen-to-go at the Benzmühlen kiosk.
April 19, 2020
Again towards the White Stone ... today from Dossenheim. Although it is practically "on the doorstep", we have not yet visited the Schauenburg - and Corona-Stop was also today, so that an extensive tour was not possible. Alt Dossenheim also makes a good impression, so that we will do a round here again sometime later simply because of the missed broom management.
April 17, 2020
Am liebsten bin ich zu Fuß in der Natur unterwegs. In den allermeisten Fällen ist meine Familie mit dabei, wenn die aber nicht überredet werden kann, dann gehe ich auch mal alleine.