Deep gorges & rugged landscapes
One of the most popular long-distance hiking trails of Germany. The scenic trail offers hikers beautiful an rugged landscape whil pasing through deep gorges, dense forests and picturesque villages.
Distance about 19 km | 505 m+ | 263 m- | Duration: about 5,5 hours
On the very first day, you’ll get an idea of why the Schluchtensteig bears its name. The ascents should not be underestimated but are rewarded with impressive views. With a bit of luck, the historic Sauschwänzle Railway crosses your path on the first part of the stage. Later, you’ll traverse narrow, root-filled paths through the primeval-like Wutach Gorge towards Blumberg.
Distance about 20 km | 414 m+ | 460 m- | Duration: about . 6,5 hours
Today you’ll delve deep into the world of the Black Forest gorges. Between steep, rugged cliffs, the wild Wutach River carves its way through one of the oldest nature reserves in Baden-Württemberg. The path always follows along the rushing river, waterfalls splashing, lush greenery surrounding you everywhere. At the end of the stage, a hiking bus will take you on a short ride from Schattenmühle to Löffingen.
Distance about 18 km | 701m+ | 316 m- | Duration: about 6 hours
In the morning, you’ll take the bus back to Schattenmühle to continue your hike from there. Passing by the Räuberschlössle (robber’s castle) and the Stallegger wooden bridge, the path leads you in a constant up and down out of the gorge towards Lenzkirch. Particularly idyllic spots can be found at the confluences of Rötenbach and Haslach. In Lenzkirch, taking a short break pays off because from here, you’ll climb steeply up to Fischbach.
Distance about 20 km | 384 m+ | 671 m- | Duration: about 6,5 hours
As soon as you set off on your morning hike, one of the most beautiful views of the tour awaits you: the vista from Bildstein down to Lake Schluchsee, and on clear days, even to the peaks of the Alps. During a stop at the Unterkrummenhof, you can observe the sparkling waters of the enormous Schluchsee. Continuing on diverse forest paths, you’ll head towards St. Blasien. Here, be sure to take a look inside the cathedral with its impressive dome.
Distance about 19 km | 590 m+ | 541 m- | Duration: about 6 hours
From the starting point in St. Blasien, you’ll initially ascend. The climb is rewarding. Instead of looking into deep gorges today, you’ll enjoy distant views from numerous viewpoints. Passing by the Klosterweiher (monastery pond) and Dachsberg, you’ll ascend to the Ibacher Heights. At the top of the observation tower on Lehenkopf, your gaze sweeps far across the Black Forest. From Horbacher Heide, on clear days, you can see all the way to the Swiss Jura and the Alps. A panoramic board explains the visible peaks of the Alpine range. At the end of the stage, the trail lives up to its name once again: it descends into the Hohwehraschlucht (Hohwehra Gorge) to the gingerbread village of Todtmoos.
Distance about 23 km | 484 m+ | 937 m- | Duration: about 7 hours
On beautiful forest trails, the final stage leads you to your destination in Wehr. Along the way, you’ll hike on narrow paths with steep slopes. A short additional ascent to the Mettlerhütte is worth it. The small hut is not staffed, but there is a fountain in front of it where you can refill your water supplies and enjoy the beautiful view. After passing the Wehra Reservoir, the trail continues leisurely to the final destination of Wehr.
Who is the Schluchtensteig-Trail suitable for?
- The first stage from Stühlingen to Blumberg is also good for those who are not afraid of heights.
- Right at the start of the second stage, an 8 meter high and very steep ladder leads down into the small Schleifenbach gorge to the waterfalls there. However, this section can also be bypassed.
- In the Haslachschlucht on the 3rd stage you go over a footbridge that is suspended from the rock. The footbridge is wide enough and very well secured with railings that even hikers who are afraid of heights can pass it safely.
- The 4th and 5th stages are no problem for hikers who are not afraid of heights.
- On the 6th stage in the Wehraschlucht, the trail at Hirschfelsen runs well secured (wire rope on the mountain side) around a rock face. The path is wide enough so that you don’t have to look down. The rest of the stage no longer poses any difficulties for people with a fear of heights.