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.Then we were drawn to the Forsthaus Heiligkreuz, where schnitzel and cheese spaetzle allowed a hearty break under the rustling canopy of leaves.From there, we are strengthened to descend through the wild Kreuzbachklamm with mini via ferrata until we reach the Binger Kribben, which led us along the mighty Rhine with exploding flora and carefree fauna to Bingen.Until then, everything would have been great, if it hadn't been clear when you reached the park at the Mäuseturm that it was closed and therefore no strolling through the extensive green area would be the finale ... and the somewhat dry cheese spaetzle would not have proven to be a block in the belly that I suddenly felt nasty stomach pain on the last kilometer.After 100 kilometers on the Soonwaldsteig, it should not fail at one kilometer. So my legs just kept running as I whined softly and finally we reached our destination in Bingen.My record looks like this:
Distance: 112 km
Time: 26:48 hrs
Elevation gain: 2,630 mIt was a lot of fun, the weather and the track were great and I thank Manggongjai for choosing me as his companion. Otherwise I would not have done the tour that I had envisaged last year and then discarded in favor of the Schluchtensteig. It would have been perfect as a real trekking tour with a tent, but Corona just sparked in between and we now know every damned sneaking path in the Hunsrück that Google used to shoo us to place the cars; o)
May 19, 2020
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.From there it goes - again deviating from the Soonwaldsteig - to Hochfelschen, then to Karlsburg. After wading through the Guldenbach follows the steady but manageable ascent to the Emmerichshütte, from which we were drawn as if with an invisible thread in anticipation of a delicious schnitzel.The schnitzel and plenty of drinks were followed by an ice cream, so that the last piece of the Ohligsberg viewpoint and from there to the finish at the Lauschhütte could be energized.
May 18, 2020
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).Now it was time to climb to Koppenstein Castle. I have already descended the huge Rosselhalde and thought how stupid you could be to climb there. Well, just as stupid as we are! We actually did it, but it was quite an effort.From Koppenstein Castle, the route leads from the northern train of the Soonwald through a depression to the southern train and there to the Altenburg lookout tower, where we made our last rest. Now it goes over the dull Rennweg and wonderful forest paths towards Ellerspring to the hiking car park.
May 17, 2020
Today Manggongjai went to the first stage of the Soonwaldsteig, more specifically to a modified version.
Modified because I want to show Klaus some worthwhile highlights that the official routing just bypasses, because the first stage between Hahnenbach and Rudolfshaus is closed and you can’t get through with the best will (tested beforehand), and because the booked trekking camps canceled all overnight stays we have to do the stages with two parked cars. Klaus is allowed to camp in my garden so that his trekking vacation will be sufficiently rustic.The tour starts in Bergen and then leads through the wild and romantic Trübenbach valley to Kyr Castle high above Kirn. From there through Kirn to the Kirner Dolomites, where we enjoyed the view during the first break and also climbed a bit on the rocks. Passing the ruins of Kallenfels and Stein, we finally take the Soonwaldsteig to Burg Wartenstein, where we have another short break and also visited the permanent exhibition "Forest and Nature".The path continues to Hahnenbach, where the valley side is changed under normal circumstances. Due to the barrier, we followed a notch valley to Hennweiler and from there along the edge to Bruschied. On these sections we found Komoot unknown beautiful paths twice, which brought us closer to our destination even better than planned. You can still find them in old paper cards.From there, a rather daring "path" leads to the Soonwaldsteig at the trout farm Reinhartsmühle, where we had a few drinks served for the last few kilometers. From there it goes on the dream loop Hahnenbachtal with beautiful views of the Schmidtburg to the car parked at the Schinderhannes drinking trough.At the end of the day we started the campfire and grill and filled our bellies at sunset.
May 16, 2020
The Soonwaldsteig1st stageThe Soonwaldsteig usually begins in Kirn an der Nahe and only runs north parallel to the Hahnenbach Valley to the Schmidtburg.
The first stage was closed at the time of our hike due to a wind break between Hahnenbach and the Rudolfshaus.
So we had to choose another starting point that Hunsbuckel chose with “Bergen”.From Bergen we went through the first highlight of the day, the beautiful Trübenbach valley and on to Kyr castle.
Here you have a beautiful view over Kirn and can already see the next highlights of the day, the "Kirner Dolomites", on which we stand between all the others
Climbers have tried to get something up and see Wartenstein Castle in the distance.In the Wartenstein Castle you can have a look at the exhibition "Forest and Nature" and in the form of brochures you can take your next destinations with you on your hikes!It went on to Hahnenbach and from here, due to the closure, through a notched valley to Hennweiler and Bruschied.The Reinhartsmühle trout farm was our next goal and the first stop to replenish the electrolyte balance!
After we had quenched our thirst, we went over parts of the dream loop Hahnenbachtal,
with its beautiful views of the Schmidtburg, to the Schinderhannes-Tränke, where one of our cars was parked.Actually we would have stayed at the Schmidtburg now, but since all trekking camps were canceled by Corona,
I went by car to the start of this stage, pick up the other car and continue from here with two cars
Goal of tomorrow's stage. Here we parked a car and drove to Hunsbuckel, where I had my tent in his garden
was allowed to build.
Approx. 22.00 o'clock was still grilling and then I noticed that the night was getting cold (4 * C), therefore and because my sleeping bag "comfort limit" -2 * C, I'm with
Socks, training pants and fleece jacket crawled into the sleeping bag! After 1 hour trying to fall asleep,
I took everything off and was finally able to dream again what I experienced today !!!greeting
May 16, 2020
Unfortunately I don't even know who I took this tour from, I think chipmunks, but I modified them a bit.
The Orensfels was added to the 4 castles.The tour starts in Gleisweiler and leads along forest paths with a steady incline to Orensfels with a great view over the Palatinate Forest. From there it continues to the Neu Scharfeneck castle ruins, which are well secured and cannot be entered at the moment.After the descent it goes through Ramberg and from there over a solid single trail, which was just cut free after the wind broke, up to the ruins of Ramburg, which is in perfect condition.On the same single trail it goes back and then up again to the packed parking lot Drei Buchen and there to the ruin Meistersel, which is also closed off as a construction site, but the same is rather half-hearted and therefore not only I walked on the walls where the most fuses are already installed.A wonderful single trail then leads down to the Modenbach car park and from there via an old forest path that mutates into a hollow path and then into an obstacle course, up to the Frankenburg, a rock on which you can only see the purpose as a guard or with just a few traces of processing Weir structure can guess.Again it goes down the same path to then tackle the final climb to the Trifelsblickhütte, where numerous people had already gathered for the sunset over the Trifels.For me it went from here down over a long single trail to Gleisweiler back to the starting point.
May 3, 2020
Besser spät als nie - ich geh jetzt wandern!Seit über 10 Jahren wohne ich im Hunsrück (AKA Hunsbuckel), habe mich aber erst im September 2018 dazu entschlossen, diesen jetzt auch per pedes zu erkunden. Erstaunlich, was man da so alles entdecken kann.Mittlerweile habe ich 4.000 Kilometer (teils nicht öffentlich) zurückgelegt und zehnmal die Höhenmeter des Mount Everest überwunden.Besonders gefallen mir die Traumschleifen des Saar-Hunsrück-Steigs, die nicht wie andere Wege über ausgebaute Forststraßen sondern über manchmal ausgetretene, manchmal kaum erkennbare "Trampelpfade" verlaufen.Zur Info: Die von mir eingestellten Bilder entstehen mit Nikon-Spiegelreflexkameras, eine D5600 mit 10-20 Weitwinkel-Zoom und eine D5300 mit 18-300 Tele-Zoom.
Beide Kameras könnten die Bilder mit Koordinaten versehen, das habe ich aber deaktiviert, weil GPS und SnapBridge höllisch den Akku leersaugen und Komoot die Bilder auch so anhand der Aufnahmezeit mit dem Track verortet.Was ist eine "Hunsbuckel-Tour"?
Das sind Touren, die ich selbst mit Komoot geplant habe, also keine vorgegebenen Touren. Diese führen manchmal über bekannte Wege, oft aber auch direkt in die Botanik, man ist also vor Überraschungen und Irrwegen nicht gefeit, aber meist alleine auf unbeschilderten Wegen.