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Today the outdoor clothes had to prove themselves: with fresh temperatures and rain in all intensities, we went to geocaching on the Taunussteiner Runde - at the same time as support for a benefit hike.
The route is highly recommended, especially in friendlier weather!
September 26, 2020
Another tour around Eppstein: This time from the train station first to the castle (unfortunately closed until further notice) and then via the panorama path to the emperor's temple. Here the path lives up to its name, because from up there you can really enjoy a great panorama - before it was just a beautiful forest path.The contrast between the temple and the Mendelssohn memorial couldn't be greater, but it is easy to imagine that the wonderful “Farewell to the Forest” originated up here.Then we went over the Staufen to the Mannsteins and the Gundelhardt. Instead of the direct route, the Albertsweg also leads to the Meisterturm and even if the beer garden was still closed today (I should better keep an eye on the date 😂), the ascent to the Miniature Eiffel Tower was worthwhile.From here it is not far to the mountain chapel and the stairs with the replicas of the surviving knee-fall stations. The little town of Hofheim is definitely worth another trip without any major hikes.
September 23, 2020
- 03:258.00 mi2.3 mph1,300 ft1,250 ft
A nice round on the western slopes of Eppstein over the Judenkopf to the Baha’i Temple and on to the Alteburg near Lörsbach. Unfortunately, the way through the Hellbachtal was blocked due to a construction site, so it went back to Eppstein on the main road.The mountain park of Villa Anna is enchanted and beautiful, although you shouldn't expect too much from the viewing temples, because the vegetation doesn't care about lines of sight 🤓.The signs “Rundweg” and “Bahnhof” from the pigeon house are a bit confusing, so that I lost my way several times and was adventurous off-road for the last few meters.
September 22, 2020
- 05:0810.7 mi2.1 mph1,750 ft1,750 ft
After a while at the idyllic Urselbach, the Kaiserin-Friedrich-Weg branches off and leads in a gentle incline to the Taunushasen. A significantly steeper ascent runs parallel to the FlowTrail, but it is easy to walk on the forest floor, which then meets the official Altkönigweg (coming from the white wall). Pedestrians and mountain bikers, families, couples and singles cavort on the high plateau ... no wonder with such beautiful Sunday weather.The descent then leads me over the Dongesberg to the Lipstempel and from there on to the Victoria Temple. Both the rock formation around the Bürgelplatte and the Antonius Chapel at the Jewish cemetery are well worth seeing.The highlight of this tour, however, is the Hünerberg with its Gilboa Temple and some ancient benches, an overall enchanted aura and wonderful views in all directions.
September 20, 2020
- 05:2713.4 mi2.5 mph1,900 ft1,875 ft
This time start directly at the Taunus Information Center and over a piece of the Celtic path to the large ramparts at the gold mine. From there to the Lindenberg with its rustic oak forest and then a gentle ascent to Sandplacken. At the Limes it goes along to the Hollerkopf or the rustic Uhlandsteig. On the descent to the Herzberg, hikers came up with “What a misery - a few months ago it was all still forest”. The further descent from the lunch break then went to the obelisk at Forellenhofgut and to the car.It's great when several cyclists get together - but does it have to be that a single oncoming hiker is forced to dodge into the bushes on a wide forest path because the gentlemen are too cool to be considerate?
September 16, 2020
- 04:4211.6 mi2.5 mph1,675 ft1,675 ft
A late summer tour through the western Taunus, past the forest prayer site at Glaskopf and along the WaldGLASWeg to the historic glass furnaces, which also gave the glassworks its name.After the great view at the Großer Zacken and the Lümmelfelsen went to the Red Cross for a delicious break in the cozy beer garden.Below the small Feldberg, a beautiful forest path leads to the Fuchstanz and on to the Altkönig with its Celtic stone walls, which are a nice challenge both up and down.After another beer garden rest at Anita's, we went to the Fuchstein, where many fallen trees can hardly find a real way. On the way back to the Tenohütte car park, it is easy to see how nature is replanting the areas that have been cleared by the wind.
September 15, 2020
- 04:5811.1 mi2.2 mph1,600 ft1,650 ft
A great tour over the Limeserlebnispfad and Uhlandsteig (although I had overlooked the branch 🥺) to the Klingenkopf and the Kolbenberg. Then back over the Bleibeskopf to the Herzberg and after a delicious snack with a view back to the Saalburg.An alarming number of trees had to be felled recently or fell - the bare spots don't really look good on the Taunus. Some of the aisles described here as "beautiful" are simply no longer there or closed because of new sowing.The consistently bright blue sky was just as rewarding as the view of Frankfurt opened up by the clear cutting.
September 8, 2020