Ulrich Welcker

About Ulrich Welcker

Als Ausgleich zu meinem Beruf bin ich am liebsten jeden Sonntag mit meinem Hund im Saarland, den Vogesen, Pfälzer Wald oder einem anderen schönen Wandergebiet unterwegs.

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  1. Ulrich Welcker went for a hike.

    7 days ago

    12.7 mi
    2.7 mph
    2,900 ft
    2,975 ft
    1. Ulrich Welcker

      Since I have a court appointment in Karlsruhe tomorrow, I decided to arrive on Sunday and go on a hike in Bühlertal. In the end, this was a bit adventurous because I had to descend the Gertelbachtal in the dark. But it worked with a headlamp. Since I had to restart the recording at the beginning, about 600 meters are missing, so the tour is almost 21 km long.Start and finish is at parking lot P2 in Bühlertal. After the parking lot, walk a short distance along the road and, at the first opportunity, turn left onto a meadow path. The path leads along the Weidenbach to the entrance of the Gertelsbach valley. The Weidenbach already gives a foretaste of the Gertelsbach that follows.The actual entry point is at Haus Gertelsbach. It's always uphill along the Gertelsbach, accompanied by numerous waterfalls, pools and rapids.At KM 1.67 we keep right, cross the bridge and immediately turn left. We continue up the Gertelsbach, which has become much more delicate.We follow this path, a wide forest path, to KM 2.87. Here you have to be careful not to miss the path. It goes first to the right, the path leads into another forest path. We cross this and continue to climb straight ahead. We also cross the next forest path and continue to climb. On this section the path is rarely used and not always clearly recognizable.At KM 3.47 we cross the Black Forest High Road. On the other side of the street, take the first right and then twice right onto Mannheimer Weg.The Mannheimer Weg is a more or less straight, wide forest path that serves as a cross-country ski trail in winter. Unfortunately a mountainous section, but the moor on the left makes for a change. So far the hike has been in thick fog, at KM 5.90 the sun fought its way through the fog and shortly afterwards when reaching the high moor on the Hochkopf the fog finally broke up. At almost 1000 meters I was above the fog.At KM 6.28 there is seating, time for a drink break. Then it went downhill again towards Unterstmatt in the thick fog. In Unterstmatt you have to pay attention to the path again. It goes downhill until the restaurant Große Tanne appears on the left. We cross the parking lot of the ski rental (see Fig. 103) and follow the path upwards.Another wide forest path follows to the ox stables at KM 9.30. Here, too, it was very sunny at almost 1000 meters and the fog cleared.You also have to pay attention to the path at the ox stables. I couldn't find the entrance to the path to the Hundsback moor, you have to keep to the left. Shortly thereafter, I turned left onto a farm road, which shortly after met the actual path. It is now on a hardly used path through the Hundsücken high moor. The path is damp and muddy, but always easy to walk on. But sturdy shoes are compulsory.At KM 10.1 you have to be careful on the way again. Both the entry shown in Fig. 85 and the entry shown in Fig. 86 are easy to overlook. A narrow path now follows, but it is very beautiful. This leads to a wide path at KM 10.4, which we follow to KM 11.4. Here it goes downhill to the right. This path then leads back to Unterstmatt.We cross this and climb back to the Hochkopf. Unfortunately it was now completely foggy and it was cold. Therefore, the meal break was short.At the Hochkopf it is now straight ahead through the high moor. At KM 14.2 follow the clear path to the left and not the small path straight ahead.We follow the path to KM 15.4. Do not follow the arrow to the right here. At first the path looks like a nice little path, but it soon ends in a path on which heavy wooden machines have been driven recently and looks accordingly. It is nicer to follow the path straight ahead.At KM 15.9 you have to pay attention again to the path. You are not allowed to follow the path downhill, but cross the slope.Either way, you come back to Hundseck. We cross the Hochwaldhöhenstraße again and descend on the way there to KM 17.2. Here we do not follow the way there, but continue straight ahead to KM 18.2. Here it goes to the left and shortly afterwards we come to the entrance to the Gertelsbachtal. We follow this down to Haus Gertelsbach.Since it was completely dark here, I followed the street from there to the parking lot. Alternatively, you can go back through the Weidenbachtal on the way there.

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      • 7 days ago

  2. Tanja Recktenwald, Martin and 32 others like this.
    1. Ulrich Welcker

      A tradition in addition to the annual trip on the Ostertal museum train are the "no-nonsense tours" with Martin Bambach. These are tours that stand out due to the length of the route and / or the altitude difference and accordingly demand the stamina.Today the hike from Merzalben to the ruins of Gräfenstein, the Winschertkopf, a rocky path and back to Merzalben was on the hiking menu. Start and finish is at the parking lot of the Graefensteinhütte. Unfortunately, this was closed so that we couldn't stop for a break afterwards.From here it goes on beautiful, lonely forest paths initially slightly upwards, but then downwards to the source of the Wieslauter. From here it goes a little further along a small, nameless stream, but then up to the right. On small, partly overgrown paths, you continue uphill to the Gräfenstein castle ruins.This is still in good condition, some of the traces of fire from the Thirty Years' War can still be seen. A climb to the keep is worthwhile. Since there are only two windows in the upper area and it is mostly dark, a light source is advisable. The keep offers a wonderful 360-degree view.After visiting the castle, it first goes downhill to a parking lot, but then up again to the front Winschertkopf. First there is a long stretch through beautiful forest and a small sea of rocks, before the rather steep ascent to the rear Winschertkopf is due at KM 6.62. From there it goes up on the ridge back towards the Vorderer Winschertkopf, at KM 7.85 there is a short ascent in front of a beautiful view, especially of the Gräfenstein ruins. Benches also invite you to take a rest.After the rest, it went downhill back to the parking lot. When descending, you have to be careful in some places, especially the one shown in Fig. 57, as it is slippery in places.Shortly before reaching the parking lot, we turn sharply to the right onto the wide path that we follow to KM 10.9. At the apex of the curve, it goes downhill to the left to the valley of the Merzalbe. We follow this to KM 11.8, where there is another stop at a fishing pond.After the rest we cross the Merzalbe again, turn immediately to the right and cross the street. This is quite busy. Then there is a longer ascent until the entrance to a beautiful rocky path is reached at KM 15.5. Here one beautiful rock formation follows the other - worth seeing.We follow the rock path to the Hubertusfelsen. Here there is another resting place under the rocky promontory of the Hubertusfelsen.From here it goes on small paths into Merzalben. At KM 17.4 there is a short intermediate ascent before reaching Merzalben. In Merzalben, at KM 18.2, a section of road can be saved by taking the path through the park. Shortly afterwards, the junction to the Graefensteiner hut is reached, which brings us back to the cars.This year's Nix-für-Wicheier tour was demanding, but very nice.

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      • November 14, 2021

  3. Claus-Peter Harbeke, Edgar und Alice and 27 others like this.
    1. Ulrich Welcker

      After 2020 we did a nice hike for the second time in Ottweiler and the surrounding area along 5 ponds (see also the hike 11 brave hikers and the WaFü. the dirty dozen, despite the dreary November weather.The start and finish was in the street "Am Wingertsweiher" in the parking lot. From there it went to the first of the 5 ponds, the Wingertsweiher, and along its left bank and at KM 1.12 to the left towards the Wingertsweiherhof beautifully over the fields.At KM 2.86 we reached the second pond, the Schachenweiher. This has a decisive advantage: a covered seating area. So we could take a dry drinking break.After this drinking break, we went across fields and meadows to Niederlinxweiler and to the third pond, an unnamed fishing pond. Opposite is a paddock on which there were also horses, so that another short drinking break could be taken.After the break it was a bit on the road and at KM 6.41 on forest paths into the Wakd. The fourth pond was reached at KM 6.58, shortly afterwards from KM 7.09 to KM 8.57 the ascent of the day began. We then had to hold out about 400 meters until the place for the lunch break was reached at KM 8.97.Then it went downhill on pleasant paths through the forest and the fields around Ottweiler. At KM 11.5 we passed the 5th pond. At the end of the hike we came back to the Wingertsweiher and completed the hike back on its right side. There is also the opportunity to stop at the Wingertsweiher.

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      • November 7, 2021

    1. Ulrich Welcker

      After the first tour at the end of March 21st (see tour the Teufelberg near Niedersimten was the destination of the hike again yesterday. The highlight of the tour were also the many wild and lonely paths. A hedge trimmer is recommended for this tour.The start and finish of the hike was in the parking lot of the Naturfreundehaus Niedersimten. Here you can stop off after the hike. 13 (!) Hikers defied this "hellish" tour.Right after the parking lot, the first calf training, i.e. the first ascent, was on the program. Through beautiful autumn forest it went slightly upwards before an already slightly faded wooden sign indicated the small path to the Haspelfels. On the beautiful rock path it went first to this and then on to the Hühnerfels. Even here it was surprising that - although it had rained well on Saturday - streams and waterfalls carried little water. The waterfall at the Hühnerfels only trickled slightly. This should repeat itself again and again throughout the tour.After the Hühnerfels we came back to the main path and followed it to KM 2.22. Here it went right on the first of some wild trails today. You shouldn't be put off by the condition of the path. This is easily accessible.On this lonely and hardly traveled path it goes to KM 3.69. Here it goes down on a small path to the main path. Once at the bottom we kept right and turned onto the second wild section of the path. Even if a wide path is marked on the Komoot map, it has probably been given up long ago and nature has recaptured this path. It goes lonely through the Gersbachtal until the end of the valley and the place for the lunch break is reached at KM 4.91.From here it goes slightly uphill again on a "normal" forest path. At KM 5.66 we turn left onto a path that has been defaced by forest machines for the first few meters, but soon becomes noticeably wilder.At KM 6.17 it goes downhill to the left. Warning: the junction is already slightly overgrown. Past a blown up bunker from the Second World War, we come back to the main path.We follow this up to KM 6.97. Here it goes straight on. At KM 7.24 we should have branched off to the right. Deep in conversation, we leave the overgrown path on the right. Shortly afterwards we realize that we have missed the junction. Since the path is overgrown with blackberry hedges, we decide to follow another path up at KM 7.33. Shortly thereafter, there is a completely pathless ascent where the WaFü provides assistance with a rope.When you arrive on the actual path, turn left and pass a cave where you can finally see a waterfall. Shortly afterwards we reach our next break at another cave.From there it goes up along the rocks, on the slope there is again assistance for the ascent by rope. After this deposit it goes to the left on a wide forest road to KM 8.26. There it goes off to the right, first of all some tree trunks have to be overcome. Arrived on the aisle of the Stromstrasse, it goes uphill to the parking lot. The main wandering group does not notice this, but the rear guard of two is surprised by a pack of wild boars, which, however, run away in a "pork gallop".At the parking lot, it doesn't go down the small path again, but on the big path. We follow this up to KM 9.69; there we follow the signs for the Teufelsspfad downwards past the Teufelsbrunnen to the Teufelsberg. Unfortunately, there is hardly any water here either.After another rest, it goes downhill on the main path and there to the right to the parking lot. Separation was the order of the day: part of the group went straight to the Naturfreundehaus, while the rest of them went to the Westwall Museum in Niedersimten.To do this, stay on the right side of the stream and follow the path to KM 11.6. There you cross a - also dry - stream and then turn right further upwards. On this path it goes straight on until KM 13.5 to Niedersimten. Here you go right along the main street to the sign "Westwallmuseum". You should plan about 1 hour for the visit, the defense system of the western wall and the horrors of war are impressively depicted here. As it is only 8 degrees inside the museum, warm clothing should be taken with you.After the visit, take the road back to the parking lot at the Naturfreundehaus.

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      • November 1, 2021

    1. Ulrich Welcker

      After the Reden heap, a hike to the Velsen heap was on the hiking program today. The start and finish was at the corner of Schlossstrasse and Hammerstrasse in Völklingen-Geislautern. There is no parking space here, only parking spaces on the street.From here it is first about 1.5 km through Geislautern until the renatured valley of the Rossel is reached. A lot of effort has been made to give the Rossel a more natural area. When you see this, it's hard to believe that the Rossel was once the dirtiest river in Europe.At KM 3.18 we reach the old Velsen mine, on the site of which a waste incineration plant was also built. Here is time for a drink break.After the break, you continue along the Rossel until you reach the German-French border at KM 3.72. Here we leave the Rossel and hike along the border up the valley of the Schafbach. There are also several beautifully situated fishing ponds along the border, which are also used by ducks and geese.At KM 4.83 we had the choice: straight ahead on a wide path or right on a wild forest path with a small stream crossing. Most opted for adventure. At KM 5.26 the groups reunited before the ascent to the Velsen dump was due.The last part of this ascent is unfortunately not freely accessible. The RAG has closed the way here with a gate. Our WAfü had agreed with the Neunkirchen tourist association that someone should unlock us. Due to a misunderstanding in the timing, we had to wait a little before we could tackle the last part of the climb. Arrived at the summit there was a beautiful view and the opportunity to look for fossils.This was followed by the descent, which partly led over pathless sections. At KM 8.29, the participants who had taken the wide path on the way there also got to know the wild path we were using. We went through a beautiful autumn forest on little-used paths until we turned back onto a wide forest path at KM 8.96.At KM 10.3 the busy Warndtstraße had to be crossed. From there we went through beautiful autumn forests until the foothills of Geislautern were reached at KM 11.3. However, we bypassed this on a small forest path and reached the Sebastian-Riewer-Weiher at KM 12.1. There is a nice stop at the fishing club's hut located there.After coffee and cake, we went first to the Rossel, and then through Geislautern to the parking lot.

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      • October 23, 2021

  4. Volker, Thomas Lenhard and 31 others like this.
    1. Ulrich Welcker

      The inauguration of a new tour was on the program. The start and finish was in the parking lot of the Itzenplitzer Weiher.From there it went through the increasingly autumnal forest towards Redener water gardens. Especially on the way along the railway line, the trees were adorned with golden autumn leaves. At KM 1.84 the road has to be crossed before we immerse ourselves in the water gardens. These were already in rowing mode in autumn, but the interaction between warm pit water and cool air was beautiful to see on the Nebelbach and Mosegang. You shouldn't miss the walk through the Mosegang, but since it can be slippery in places, you should be careful.After the water gardens we touch the Reden heap and walk along its foot towards Sinnerthal, first on wide paths, later on a smaller path.At KM 3.34 we encounter an unpleasant surprise: a large construction site is opening up in front of us. This can still be crossed, but soon you will have to look for another way. After a short stretch along the road it goes back into the forest before a drinking break is taken at KM 3.92. Shortly before reaching the break area, we release one of two Saar stones to its new "living space". The view extends far into the landscape, the Schaumberg can be seen on the horizon. A nice surprise during the break: a geocache is hidden under the break bench, which the creator has put a lot of effort into.After the break, continue towards Sinnerthal. As we pass the allotment gardens, we see a guest I hadn't expected: a toad. But this quickly made its way into the hedge.We then cross the motorway and reach the lower Saukaulweiher. Here's another surprise: Although the water lilies are already blooming again in mid-October. It goes past the south bank of the pond and shortly afterwards again on the highway. There then follows a short, wild section of the path before we reach the upper Saukaulweiher.From this it goes up the stream and at KM 7.57 we reach another wild section. This leads further up the stream and at KM 7.96 we reach another, nameless pond. Here is time for an extended drinking and eating break. It is also time to watch the dragonflies soaring. I almost had the impression that they would mate again. Suddenly our guide notices that one of the dragonflies is floating in the water. We try to let them climb onto a branch, but this fails. Unfortunately we had to leave them to their fate.After the break, we continue through the autumn forest and we reach - after crossing the country road - at KM 8.63 the south side of the Reden dump. We cross the biotopes that have arisen on the dump site - here, too, the autumn forest gives an "Indian Summer feeling". At KM 10.1 we cross the country road again and descend to a beautifully situated fish pond, where there is time again for a drink break.After the break, continue to the Bildstock train station. We cross this and then the strongest ascent of the day to the Kallenberg follows. Then it goes down again and soon we come across the Itzenplitzer Weiher. The calm weather gives the opportunity to take beautiful photos of the pump house with reflections on the water.

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      • October 17, 2021

  5. Ulrich Welcker went for a hike.

    October 10, 2021

    1. Ulrich Welcker

      A fellow hiker here at Komoot made me aware of the Forstelbach and the beavers there - thank you very much for that. Today we went to the Forstelbachtal and it was worth it.The start and finish was the parking lot at the dam of the Nonnweiler reservoir. From the upper end of the parking lot it went left onto the forest path and at the first opportunity left again down to the Prims. This was crossed and at the Kneipp pool I met the Forstelbach, which would be with me for a long time today. Before going up the stream, I followed the course of the Forstelbach a short distance to the confluence with the Prims. Since there is no official route, but I am through the undergrowth, you should consider whether you want to make this detour.On the way back I went over the rest area and then continued on the large forest path. At the first junction on the left, there was a small path that leads through a very wild and beautiful section. At KM 1.69 this was unfortunately over and the path ended again on a large forest road.On this it went gently up the Forstelbach stream past a number of fishing ponds. At KM 3.65 I said goodbye to the forest path and turned back onto a small forest path. Unfortunately, this was over again at KM 3.99 and we continued on a large forest path.Even if it is a detour, you should definitely descend at KM 4.31 with the signs to the left. The most beautiful section of the Forstelbach begins now. First the path leads past a marshy section of the Forstelbach, which already looks dammed. It also looks like there are already small beaver dams here.At KM 4.74 a bridge crosses the Forstelbach. Before the bridge, a small forest path continues up the stream. Before continuing here, you could rest in a refuge on the other side of the stream. On the following section of the route to KM 5.64, one beaver dam joins the other. A real quaint piece of brook. At KM 5.64 a bridge crosses the Forstelbach again and a group of benches with a table again offers a place to rest.At KM 5.76 the path joins a large forest path again and it is time to say goodbye to the Forstelbach. Just as I did this, I saw another damming of the Forstelbach in the corner of my eye. To have a closer look at this, I turned right into the forest and without a path in the direction of the stowage. If you don't want this, you can continue on the forest path. A nice photo opportunity presented itself on a freshly felled tree stump. From there it went straight across the woods until I came across an old farm road, which was already growing again. Since I had enough of wide forest roads, I continued on this one. This led to a freshly cut clearing, the ground was still full of dead wood. I made my way through and was rewarded with a beautiful meadow path that rejoined the actual path at KM 6.52.Now unfortunately on a road we went through the outskirts of Hermeskeil, at KM 7.0 the road has to be crossed. Then it went on wide forest roads until the Prims and the Brother Klaus Chapel were reached at KM 9.06. Here I stopped with a nice view of the young Prims.From there it was nice along the Prims. At KM 10.03 you have to cross the country road again and walk a short distance to the left. At the first opportunity it goes right back into the forest and further along the beautiful Primstal.At KM 12.3 I reach the receiving water of the reservoir. After another 200 meters I cross the receiving water on the dam. On the other side, turn left and then continue along the lakeshore to the dam. This monotonous and lengthy section was - although hardly a slope - the most arduous.When you arrive at the dam, you cross it. On the other side, the stairs go down to the forest path, which brings us back to the parking lot.Overall, a very nice tour - especially through the upper reaches of the Forstelbach and the Primstal.

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      • October 10, 2021

    1. Ulrich Welcker

      Almost traditionally, hiking guide Martin Bambach organized a hike from Ottweiler to a stop of the Ostertalbahn museum railway on the day of German reunification, followed by a return trip on the museum railway.The start was the Weylplatz in Ottweiler, on Sunday free of charge. We left Ottweiler on side streets, although we had to cross Ottweiler's main street once. Then we continued on beautiful paths past rams to the first drinking break at a beautifully situated pond at KM 3.90.Then it went on past another pond, a spring (with water) and partly wild forest paths until the second drinking break at KM 7.24.From there the path continued, partly again on wild sections until KM 7.77 the road to Werschweiler had to be crossed. Then it went on again on wild sections of the path. At KM 8.67 we crossed a small stream; what was noticeable in retrospect: this one carried water. The streams that followed later were dry.Shortly after crossing the stream came the first ascent of the day. Once at the top, there was a broad view of the St. Wendler Land. At KM 9.73 there was time for another well-deserved drinking break and views of St. Wendel and the mission house. After the drinking break, we went to the Wendelinushof, where there was time for coffee and cake. The arrival there was well timed, as it started raining heavily shortly afterwards. But under a tent roof we could indulge in the wonderful cake undisturbed.At some point this refreshment was over and we continued towards our platform in Osterbrücken. Another street had to be crossed at the Wendelinushof, the Ostertalstrasse. At KM 12.5 the second ascent of the day began along a very beautiful gorge, unfortunately also dry and without water. Over fields and past windmills we went on to Hoof. There was time for another drinking break at the fire station.From there it went up through the village into the forest. Soon afterwards we reached Osterbrücken, where another highlight awaited us with the Einhaus. The Einhaus is one of the few surviving farmhouses where the house, barn and stable are combined in one building.Since we still had time before the train left, we stop at the Ostergarten leisure center on the Ostertal cycle path. But today was the last opening day of the season.Then it was time to go to the platform in Osterbrücken and wait for the museum train to arrive. With this it was then on a nostalgic trip back to the Ottweiler train station and from there to the parking lot.

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      • October 3, 2021

  6. Claus-Peter Harbeke, Bruce Willis and 24 others like this.
    1. Ulrich Welcker

      Sometimes you don't have to go far to have a nice tour. Yesterday, very close to my home town, there was a nice hike along the Blies and Saar on the program.The start and finish was at the sports field in Hanweiler. From here it goes over the sports field on remote paths to the bridge over the Saar to Sarreguemines. From the bridge you have a beautiful view of the Saar and a first impression of the "cemetery of the cuddly ships".On the other side of the bridge, take the cycle and pedestrian path along the Saar and turn right on it. After a few meters, ship after ship are lined up on the other side of the Saar. Here are long-serving ships waiting to be dismantled after a long service on the Saar. The next highlight comes shortly afterwards - the confluence of the Blies in the Saar.Then it goes on the next bridge over the Saar again and after a short distance along the road to the left towards Bliesufer. At the Bliesufer we turn right onto the cycle and pedestrian path along the Blies. We follow this to the parking lot at the swimming pool in Saargemünd. A few meters further you would come to the faience - a museum for ceramic techniques with a beautifully landscaped garden in the outdoor area. Admission is free on the first Sunday of each month, but dogs are forbidden.But we turn straight to the bridge over the Blies. As I crossed it, I immediately noticed how low the water level in the Blies is - even though it had rained fairly well. After the bridge, turn right and at the second junction turn right again towards Bliesufer. After a few meters we reach a small clearing with a beautiful view of Blies and the former Bliesmühle. The low water level is also noticeable here.At this point we take a first long break. Then it goes back to the main path and on this to KM 4.08. Here we briefly leave the main path and walk across a beautiful meadow along the Blies. At the first opportunity we cross the main path again and follow a path through the forest. At KM 4.61 we reach a forest path, which we follow only briefly to the right and at the first opportunity we turn left onto a small path. Passing beautiful ponds and over a beautiful meadow, it goes to the road to Sitterswald, which we cross. Keep going straight on to the edge of the forest and to another highlight, the natural monument "Dicke Eiche".We come out of the forest and walk over beautiful orchards. At KM 6.29 there is time for another drinking break.After this break, turn left onto the meadow and on a small path to the road between Auersmacher and Sitterswald. We cross this and follow the path to the thermal bath in Hanweiler.From the thermal bath we go along the road to the B51, which we cross and go through Alt-Hanweiler to the banks of the Saar. On the banks of the Saar, turn left onto a bicycle and footpath, which we soon leave on a small path along the Saar. A beautiful section of the trail on small paths now begins.Approximately at KM 10.5 another path branches off to the right, which leads even closer to the Saar. In the event of flooding, however, this should be under water. Then you would have to follow the path straight ahead.At KM 10.7, turn left towards the street and after a few meters you reach the final stop of the day: the village cafe in Hanweiler. There are delicious cakes, e.g. apple pie Alsatian style.From the village cafe it is about 100 meters before the turnoff to the parking lot at the sports field on the right-hand side.

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      • September 26, 2021

  7. Ulrich Welcker went for a hike.

    September 19, 2021

    9.19 mi
    2.4 mph
    2,825 ft
    2,800 ft
    SCHWARZER WANDERVOGEL 🦅, Frank and 13 others like this.
    1. Ulrich Welcker

      After the glorious late summer weather of the previous day, a light drizzle awaited me in the morning. This did not stop me from setting off on my intended goal, a hike to the Grand Ventron.Arrived at the starting point of the hike, the parking lot at the northern end of the Kruth-Wildenstein reservoir, it was still raining lightly. Hoping that it would get even better, I got up. Unfortunately, the hope was not fulfilled and it started raining from the Hinteres Bockloch refuge.At the parking lot, in front of the bridge over the Thur, which is dammed here, on a path away from the road to the reservoir and there to the right to the first highlight of the tour: the Hinter Bockloch waterfall. The stream of the same name plunges several meters down here and forms a great waterfall.The ascent to the Grand Ventron, which is divided into several sections, also begins at the waterfall. The first section begins to the right of the waterfall at a bridge and is marked with a blue cross. It goes up in several bends, always accompanied by the stream Hinter Bockloch. On the way there are always glimpses of the gorge formed by the brook. Stone blocks in the bed of the stream, but also in the forest, bear witness to the huge rockfalls that must have taken place here.The first section ends at a bridge that leads over the Hinter Bocksloch. At the bridge - like other bridges on this tour - it is noticeable that the creek is not canalized and carried in a pipe under the bridge, but conversely the bridge adapts to the creek. Here is time for a drink break. On the right side of the bridge a small path leads to the water so that dogs can drink here.The second section begins shortly after the bridge, the blue cross continues upwards. In many bends, accompanied by the stream, it goes through the forest. The path finally ends in a large forest path.The third part of the ascent begins here. Now the "blue triangle" mark leads us to the Hinter Bockloch refuge. We are still accompanied by the brook, which quickly changes from a wild brook to a beautiful meadow brook. There are beautiful spots along the way - for example at the junction of the path to Wildenstein - where children can find nice opportunities to play in the stream. There are also nice places to rest and play at the refuge.The fourth section of the ascent begins at the hut. At KM 3.51 the path joins another forest path, which we follow uphill to the right - now marked "Red Triangle". The path leads past the Col du Bockloch and on to KM 4.66. Here a small path leads to a rock ledge - in good weather it is safe with a beautiful view, with me only with a view of the fog. At this point the marking changes again: to the blue rectangle.The fifth and last section of the ascent begins. You continue uphill on small paths through beautiful forest landscapes. On the way, as on yesterday's tour, I come across the border stones between France and the German Empire and the remains of a border wall. Shortly before the summit of the Ventron, I leave the forest and enter the Chaumes (high moor) of the Grand Ventron. Since there is no protection from wind and rain here, I don't stay long. I'm not careful, and it wasn't until I was briefly at the Chaume du Grand Ventron restaurant that I noticed. So up again and this time right.Via the Chaumes it goes to the Petit Ventron. This is an inconspicuous crossroads in the forest. From here it goes steadily downwards. On the way there are always beautiful rock formations, e.g. the back of the shingle.At KM 10.9 there is a small path just before the reservoir, which is flat at first, then upwards. On the way you cross various stream beds, some of which are dry, but also carry water, such as the Ruiseau du Heidelbeerenloch. The path climbs up to KM 12.6 by around 150 meters. From here it goes down again, past the Abri du Tal refuge.At KM 13.1 we come across another Fortstweg, which we do not follow downhill, but uphill for a short distance to the left. We then come back to the bridge that we passed on the ascent. We turn on the first part of the climb and descend to the waterfall.From the waterfall you can either walk back to the parking lot on the way there or across the street. As I saw on the way back, there is still a small path through the forest directly along the Thur.All in all an exhausting, but very nice tour.

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      • September 19, 2021

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