Community
Choose a language
Plan a route here Copy route
Hiking trail recommended route

Trail to "Sankenbach" lake and waterfall

· 5 reviews · Hiking trail · Schwarzwald
Responsible for this content
Nationalparkregion Schwarzwald - Freudenstadt Verified partner  Explorers Choice 
  • Das idyllische Sankenbachtal
    Das idyllische Sankenbachtal
    Photo: Freudenstadt Tourismus, Nationalparkregion Schwarzwald - Freudenstadt
m 900 800 700 600 500 20 18 16 14 12 10 8 6 4 2 km Baiersbronn - Sankenbachwasserfall Bahnhof Baiersbronn Sankenbachsee Bärenschlössle Stöckerkopf Michaeliskapelle
The Black Forest at its finest, with magnificent panoramic views – this longer loop has plenty to discover and enjoy.
difficult
Distance 20.3 km
6:05 h
664 m
664 m
848 m
581 m
From the Bärenschlössle lodge with its game reserve, you ascend through woodland towards Kniebis and the Sankenbach waterfall. At the waterfall hut you begin an almost Alpine descent through a gulley, along the 40m, two-tiered waterfall, which tumbles down into the Sankenbachsee lake. This Ice Age lake is the ideal place for a dip or a well-earned rest. Through the Sankenbachtal valley you make our way towards Baiersbronn, past the game reserve, up onto the Stöckerkopf with its views over the Murgtal. The return route takes you via Friedrichstal and Christophstal back into town.

 

Alternatively you can get the bus or train back to Freudenstadt  from Baiersbronn or Friedrichstal.

Author’s recommendation

A swim in the Sankenbach lake, enjoy home-brewed beer in the Glasmännhütte and fresh trout in Fischerhütte.
Profile picture of Isabel Blüher
Author
Isabel Blüher 
Update: September 05, 2022
Difficulty
difficult
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
848 m
Lowest point
581 m
Best time of year
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Track types

Show elevation profile

Rest stops

Gasthaus zum Bad

Safety information

Be careful, the footpaths are slippery when wet.
No accessibility in case of snow.

Tips and hints

Informationen zur einheitlichen Wegebeschilderung im Schwarzwald siehe http://www.schwarzwaldverein.de/wege/wegenetz/seite01.html. Die Beschilderung besteht aus Hauptwegweisern mit Standortangabe und verschiedenen Zielen mit Entfernungsangabe sowie verschiedenfarbigen Rauten, die den Wanderer von einem Schilderstandort zum nächsten leiten (örtliche Wanderwege = gelbe Raute / regionale Wanderwege = blaue Raute / Fernwanderwege & Themenwege = eigene Raute oder Toursymbol pro Weg).

Start

Tourist-Information Freudenstadt, Marktplatz 64 (729 m)
Coordinates:
DD
48.463775, 8.411283
DMS
48°27'49.6"N 8°24'40.6"E
UTM
32U 456479 5368016
w3w 
///goes.bonnet.locate
Show on Map

Destination

Tourist-Information Freudenstadt, Marktplatz 64

Turn-by-turn directions

Follow the blue diamond towards Bärenschlössle across the “Lossburger Straße”, passing the fountains to leave the market square by going straight ahead down the “Finkenbergstrasse” to the “Rappenstrasse”. Then turn right to the “Adler Terrace“ (signpost Adler-Anlagen) (with a view of the “Bärenschlössle” and its crow-stepped roof). Walk down into the Christophstal valley and follow the blue diamond over the bridge Forbach-Brücke to the Bärenschlössle and further on to the deer-park (Wildgehege). At Harrerbuckel you can enjoy the view of Freudenstadt. After 500 m turn left and follow the “Meisenhüttenweg”, keeping uphill towards Kniebis and Sankenbach waterfall. At Weihermisse, take the narrow footpath branching off to the right (yellow diamond), afterwards turning left onto the tarred trail to the Wasserfallhütte. Now, an almost alpine footpath (blue diamond) leads steeply down alongside the Waterfall to the Sankenbachsee lake. This lake is one of 7 glacial lakes in the northern Black Forest. Walk along the Sankenbach valley towards Baiersbronn (yellow diamond), past signs for Sankenbach-Kessel and Sankenbach-Furt to Sankenbach-Brückle. From there the yellow diamond leads uphill to the Stöckerkopf mountain and the Glasmännlehütte chalet (signposts: Spielplatzwegle, WildgehegeSohlberg, Stöckerkopfwegle). You get a wonderful view over Baiersbronn before returning to Freudenstadt. From Stöckerkopf the yellow diamond leads down to Friedrichstal Michaeliskirche and Fischerhäusle. Passing the fish ponds, follow the valley via Christophstal and Bärenschlössle back uphill towards Freudenstadt.

(The words printed in bold are the names of the signposts.)

 

Shortcuts:
From Sankenbach-Brückle walk directly to Baiersbronn (follow the blue diamond, 14 km).

From Stöckerkopf take the chairlift to the bottom and walk to Baiersbronn station (15 km).

From Friedrichstal: bus or train back to Freudenstadt (16 km).

 

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

Freudenstadt is easy to reach by public transport:

* train from Karlsruhe to Freudenstadt Stadtbahnhof (hourly intervals)

* train from Offenburg and Stuttgart (change at main station/Hauptbahnhof to city station/Stadtbahnhof).

* different busses from the surrounding villages to Marktplatz or central bus stop/ZOB next to the city station/Stadtbahnhof

From Stadtbahnhof/ZOB it is approx. 500 m to the starting point at the Tourist information office (in the middle of the market square).

 

=> Return to Freudenstadt from Baiersbronn or Friedrichstal by train to Stadtbahnhof Freudenstadt or by bus to Marktplatz.

Timetable: www.efa-bw.de

Getting there

A81: exit Horb + B32 + B28 to Freudenstadt

A5: from the north: exit Rastatt + B462 to Freudenstadt

A5: from the south: exit Baden-Baden + B500 or exit Appenweier + B28 to Freudenstadt.

The tourist information office is directly in the centre - in the middle of the market square.

Parking

Underground Car Park (Tiefgarage Marktplatz) or behind the city train station (Stadtbahnhof)

Coordinates

DD
48.463775, 8.411283
DMS
48°27'49.6"N 8°24'40.6"E
UTM
32U 456479 5368016
w3w 
///goes.bonnet.locate
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

hiking map "WanderWelten" (Freudenstadt / Loßburg mit Alpirsbach, Bad Rippoldsau-Schapbach, Baiersbronn), 1:25.000, digitale Kartografie F. Ruppenthal GmbH Karlsruhe, € 5,90 (€ 5,50 with guest card)

Equipment

Rugged footwear is recommended.

Questions and answers

Ask the first question

Would you like to the ask the author a question?


Rating

4.0
(5)
Gregor Stausberg 
September 26, 2021 · Community
Eine wirklich schöne Tour über Höhen, durch Tiefen und mit einer unschönen Überraschung. Da die Glasmännlehütte leider nur noch am Wochenende bewirtschaftet wird, müssten wir hinunter nach Baiersbronn, um unseren knurrenden Magen zu beruhigen.
Show more
Photo: Gregor Stausberg, Community
Photo: Gregor Stausberg, Community
Photo: Gregor Stausberg, Community
Photo: Gregor Stausberg, Community
Photo: Gregor Stausberg, Community
Kai S
September 26, 2021 · Community
Die Wanderung folgt im interessaten Teil einem Abschnitt vom Premiumweg Sankenbachsteig -- der ist prima. Liegt eben bei Baiersbronn. Und dann gibt es zwei mal 4...5 km teilweise befestigten, breiten Wirtschaftsweg von Freudenstadt zum Wasserfall und von Friedrichstal zurück. Die Teile sind zum Wandern eher uninteressant. Immerhin angenehm im lockeren Waldbestand. Allerdings nie so richtig weit weg von der Straße Baiersbronn-Freudenstadt -- für eine 20 km Wanderung haste hier erstaunlich wenig Ruhe und Abgeschiedenheit. Mein Tip: zum Verkürzen einfach gleich nur den Sankenbachsteig von einem der Baiersbronner Einstiege wandern.
Show more
When did you do this route? September 25, 2021
Photo: Kai S, Community
Julia G
August 24, 2020 · Community
Tolle und teilweise echt anspruchsvolle Tour, haben sie mit Hund gemeistert. Der See war unser Highlight, überhaupt nicht überlaufen und wir konnten uns schön beim Schwimmen abkühlen.
Show more
When did you do this route? August 20, 2020
Show all reviews

Photos from others

+ 2

Reviews
Difficulty
difficult
Distance
20.3 km
Duration
6:05 h
Ascent
664 m
Descent
664 m
Highest point
848 m
Lowest point
581 m
Public-transport-friendly Circular route Scenic Refreshment stops available Flora and fauna

Statistics

  • Content
  • Show images Hide images
Features
Maps and trails
  • 12 Waypoints
  • 12 Waypoints
Distance  km
Duration : h
Ascent  m
Descent  m
Highest point  m
Lowest point  m
Push the arrows to change the view