On the longest day of the year, Waldhexe and I were out on a wonderful summer tour.
We started near the Clausensee below the Seelenfelsen - right at the beginning of one of the highlights of the tour.
Always following the Palatinate Forest path, from there it went on over the mystical Heidelsburg, past Maria Rosenberg, to the monolith on the Orleberg near Donsieders.
Then we went a short distance on the Rodalber Felsenwanderweg before we came back downhill via Clausen into the Schwarzbachtal to the starting point.
This time no adventure in caves or railway tunnels but a wonderfully varied landscape. Deepest forest with narrow, shady paths - sometimes almost impenetrable -, impressive rock formations and mysterious walls - alternating with wide, sunny areas and magical fields of flowers. And luckily the midsummer day gave us enough time to simply enjoy being on the move:))
3 days ago
- 04:3513.4 mi2.9 mph1,400 ft1,400 ft
For a long time I was finally back on the road with Sandra 🚶🏼♀️🚶🏼♀️😊
After a brief consideration of where the best place to withstand the summer heat, it was clear: this is the perfect time for a tour through Karlstal 🌞😃.
We started at the parking lot at the entrance to Karlstal - first towards Schmalenberg, past the Holzland fountain and then down into the valley of the Hirschalb. We found a wonderful, shady spot for our picnic by the old bathing pond. We almost didn't get any further, it was so pleasantly cool to sit there 😊.
We continued along the brook to the Grauhansenfelsen, an imposing rock massif that was used as a quarry at times. I found the following information about the rock later:
According to legend, the 'Groohans' is an evil spirit who jumps on the hiker's back and lets himself be dragged until his victim gasps and is wet with sweat ......
June 17, 2021
- 03:3911.2 mi3.1 mph1,225 ft1,275 ft
- Simone 🏂⛷🚵🏻♀️
Today Juliet went on a relaxed tour far away from crowds on lonely paths with a starting point near the forester's house in Frechental.
Always uphill through the Hunzelbachtal to the Birkenkopf to find a ruin, which can be found at Komoot as a small ruin sign. We even found the ruins ... what kind of buildings were this time? Probably an old hunting lodge or something like that….
Now it was time to make a detour to the Schachtal. A neglected path in to an earlier hut, of which only the foundations could be seen.
June 13, 2021
We had planned today's tour for a long time and just waited for the right time. Today it finally happened 😊. In ideal conditions 🌞 we started walking in Hauenstein at the hiking car park near the paddle pond. First up to the Burghalder Felsenden we hadn't explored quite as extensively during our visit in winter. Today we ran or climbed as far as possible. We hesitated at first with a larger crevice - hmm, it was a bit wider to walk over normally. While I was trying to get over the crevice by climbing down and up on the other side, I heard a loud scream behind me! I winced - shit, I thought to myself - Simone crashed 😳! Luckily not - Simone had just gathered all her courage and jumped the gap with a loud chaka-I-can-do-that-scream. I was finished first 🙈.
June 11, 2021
- 03:259.77 mi2.9 mph1,425 ft1,400 ft
- Simone 🏂⛷🚵🏻♀️
Today I met Juliet after work. We were both interested in what it looks like behind today's Kurpfalzpark towards Lambertskreuz and what there is to discover.
Juliet had previously looked at an old hiking map on which the Kurpfalzpark does not yet exist ... I compared it to a newer map with park markings!
It started from the parking lot at the junction to Gimmeldingen in the upper Silbertal and a wonderful uphill path. We were both surprised at how well the paths were, although none of them have any markings and we also really liked the forest there. Then we came to the hunting lodge, which can be found on the hiking map and looks well-kept and is probably used more often.
We continued along the far end of the Kurpfalzpark and up to the Lambertskreuz.
Finally we could enjoy our picnic there and Juliet's delicious salad! A spritzer was definitely missing for me, an iced coffee for Juliet😅!
Well strengthened, it went on the way back via Kaisergärtchen and a beautiful path in the evening sun to the Rotsteiger Kopf. There is a sandstone house with a terrace from which you have to have a great view. We'd both like to sit there in the evening sun ...
A steep path then went down to the Kurpfalzpark parking lot and the last part to the car.
We both enjoyed the tour very much, especially the peace and quiet there!
June 1, 2021
Today we were looking for a quiet Sunday tour in the surrounding area. Once again I noticed that you find a lot of new things where you think you already know everything.
Around Iggelbach, previously nameless mountains have been given a face for me and with a briefly known peak I have deepened the friendship.
I started with my sister at the Helmbachweiher parking lot. Short ascent to the Cramerfels at the forester's house Helmbach and then further behind the house past trout ponds. Here I noticed that Komoot had canceled the tour and I had to start again. Therefore a piece is missing from the recording. Fortunately it was still on
Beginning and then I just left it like that - added the photos from Cramerfels. Then we walked over the Grünberg first. Much of this was designated as a natural forest reserve in 2001. The existing hiking trails there are no longer maintained.
May 30, 2021
Today again with Waldhexe 🧙♀️🌿 on the road
Since our planned longer tour for this week fell victim to the rain and storm gods, there was only a slightly shorter afternoon round in our home country for today.
We started from the parking lot at the B39, Neustadt entrance coming from Lambrecht. On the southern slope of the Königsberg we wanted to explore 2 caves that can only be reached on a forgotten narrow path. I'll tell you in advance - if you are not necessarily keen to experiment and are absolutely sure-footed, you should not walk the ascent exactly like this, but follow the official detour to the Königsberg summit (yellow point). But there you just can't get past the Bruderhäuschen and the Heidenloch. The Brother's House (Hermitage) is a 19 m long and 5 m wide rubble cave that was used as a residential cave in the 16th century. A little further on the steep slope you come across the Heidenloch - Google says the following, among other things: ´It is the oldest known cave in the Palatinate Forest, at the same time its widest and, at 42 meters long, the second deepest cave. On the narrow, almost vertical entrance shaft, there are two rather spacious "halls" - placed under protection as a natural monument in 1910. After visiting the cave, we decided to go further up the slope. There are large sandstone blocks on the entire steep slope and you have to climb over several fallen trees.
Once at the top, we continued on completely ´normal´ paths. It's always nice to walk along the mystical summit path of the Königsberg, past a 400-meter-long burial mound field and an artfully constructed sandstone pyramid.
From the refuge on the small plain we follow the yellow point, now as the so-called Lieselotte-Steig to the Hellerhütte. A wonderful typical Palatinate Forest path with a view of Wolfsburg and Weinbiet!
Take a short break at the Hellerhütte before descending the equally wonderful Emil-Ohler-Path into the Kaltenbrunnertal. We walk past several fish ponds and the romantic brook to the Königsmühle and from there to the parking lot.
May 27, 2021
Today Simone and I were away from any village or premium hiking trail. We started from the parking lot at the Geiswiese - apart from our no other car.
We are up to Taubensuhl via Teufelstal, Trockendeichtal and Kesselbrunnenteichtal. All of them picturesque meadow valleys - deserted. At the top then a short detour to a lookout point before we walked through all the buildings on the Taubensuhl.
Unfortunately the restaurant is still closed. The owner died here last year and since then it has not been clarified when or whether the business will continue. How often have I sat here in the garden and ate a delicious piece of cake 😊.
On the other side of the street is a derelict building from a former military facility with a radio tower. The first time we passed by, we capitulated in front of closed doors. Of course, didn't leave us any peace.
On the way back I try again from the back of the house.
May 21, 2021
Today I combined my shopping tour with a wonderful tour of the forest.
At the Benjental parking lot I started towards Meerspinnblick above Gimmeldingen. Then back down into the valley and on the other side up to the climbing garden in the old Gimmeldinger quarry. It is really well done there for the climbers - lots of hooks and small indentations in the walls 👍. From here I am up to the site of the former Heidenburg. Apart from a few stones and the knight's stone, there is not much left to see. Then along the Haardtrand in front of the Wolf’s grounds, looked for the rhododendrons and finally found the Monier Bridge today 😊. This bridge is a rarity and I found the following information about it:
May 18, 2021
- 04:5114.8 mi3.0 mph2,625 ft2,650 ft
Actually we had planned another tour with more rocks for today. Due to the somewhat inconsistent weather forecast, we decided at short notice to run a lap from Eusserthal. Quickly throw together what everyone would like to see and then off you go. The result is a wonderful tour with an ingenious vantage point on the Beutelberg, newly discovered for both of us, lots of fountains, sun, rain, hail showers and a fantastic view of the Almersberg.
Eight hours of forest bathing and enjoy in the light green leaf forest 😊
May 14, 2021