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Theme trail recommended route Stage 6

Westweg: stage 06 (Hark - Hausach)

· 6 reviews · Theme trail · Schwarzwald
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This 6th stage penetrates deep into the center of the Black Forest. To reach the Spitzfelsen cliffs reaching into the Kinzigtal valley, the trail follows the narrow ridge between Wolftal valley and Einbachtal valley underneath Brandenkopf. It’s worth making a detour to the 945-meter Brandenkopf and its outlook tower, especially since the Black Forest Association’s hostel, which also serves as a restaurant, is found on its peak.
moderate
Distance 16.6 km
5:15 h
360 m
825 m
794 m
234 m
At Harksattel above the Gasthaus Hark, hikers find the Westweg again. Crossing over mountain meadows, the trail leads into the forest and around Regeleskopf to Kreuzsattel saddle. Shortly thereafter, at the “Am Reiherskopf” sign, the Brandenkopf variation branches off from the Westweg. The main trail leads to the east across Reiherkopf’s face to Hirzwasen. The variation circumvents Reiherskopf to the north and crosses the road Brandenkopfstraße at the cabin Steiglehütte. From there, the trail continues through a thick wood, passing mossy stone blocks up to the outlook tower and the restaurant at Brandenkopf’s peak. The descent now passes just under Bettelfrau along with the trail Hansjakob-Weg to reach Hirzwasen. From now on, the Westweg remains faithful to the ridge between the lovely valleys Einbachtal and Wolftal. Sometimes on the right, other times on the left of the ridge, it crosses Hesselbacher Höhe plateau, Burzbühl (713m), and Ebenacker-Sattel saddle to reach the cabin Hohenlochenhütte, romantically located on a cliff. A wooden “Aussicht” [view] sign shows the way to a short detour to Hohenlochen (689m), offering a beautiful view over the Wolftal valley. At Osterbachsattel saddle, the Westweg departs from the forest, with the estate Käppelhof lying below in the middle of fruit fields. Behind Weißes Kreuz cross and a pleasant trail on the edge of the forest, the trail climbs up to the sharp Spitzfelsen cliffs. The view from the cross down onto nearby Hausach and Kinzig’s neighboring valleys provides compensation for all the work to get there. Tight, sharp turns along the edge of the forest lead down to Kinzig, from where it’s just a few meters to Hausach via a footbridge over the Kinzig river.

Author’s recommendation

There is a direct trail from Brandenkopf to Hausach through the lovely valley Einbachtal. When the Westweg turns left to Hirzwasen after a brief descent, the direct path to Hausach follows the back of the mountain via Rautschsattel saddle to Döbishof estate. From there, the trail follows the calm Talstrasse valley road to Hausach.
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Sascha Hotz
Update: December 20, 2021
Difficulty
moderate
Stamina
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Landscape
Highest point
Brandenkopf, 794 m
Lowest point
234 m
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Coordinates:
DD
48.375136, 8.187323
DMS
48°22'30.5"N 8°11'14.4"E
UTM
32U 439818 5358315
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Public transport

To Hark: take train from Offenburg to Biberach. From there, continue to Oberharmersbach-Riersbach (5x daily, Mon-Fri, 21 min). Then another ca. 5km steep ascent to Hark.

From Hausach: take S-Bahn light rail or train to Offenburg (ca. 25 min); take Schwarzwaldbahn toward Konstanz (ca. 2 hours).

Coordinates

DD
48.375136, 8.187323
DMS
48°22'30.5"N 8°11'14.4"E
UTM
32U 439818 5358315
w3w 
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

Basic Equipment for Nature Trails

  • Sturdy, comfortable and preferably waterproof footwear
  • Comfortable clothing
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Umbrella
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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Rating

4.7
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Tobias Huber
May 26, 2021 · Community
Herrliche Etappe mit vieken tolken Impressionen. Einzig die vielen Windenergieanlagen "nerven" ein wenig.
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Melanie Klein
August 02, 2020 · Community
Die Zeitangabe scheint mir etwas übertrieben. Ich habe für die Strecke 3.5 Stunden gebraucht (reine Wanderzeit) und bin nicht gerannt. Bin Etappe 5 und 6 durchgelaufen.
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Harkhof
Photo: Melanie Klein, Community
Hohenlohenhütte
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Käppelehof
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Sigrid Böhringer
July 09, 2020 · Community
When did you do this route? July 08, 2020
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Harkhof
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
16.6 km
Duration
5:15 h
Ascent
360 m
Descent
825 m
Highest point
794 m
Lowest point
234 m

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