Schluchtensteig Trail

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.

Almost untouched and varied natural experiences await you on the Schluchtensteig trail in the Southern Black Forest Nature Park between Stühlingen and Wehr. The path, characterized by gorges,  repeatedly leads over open high pastures with views of rocky outcrops and mountain peaks. The Schluchtensteig trail is located in the very south of the Black Forest. The region is known for its unique landscapes that reflect the typical character of the Black Forest.
The Schluchtensteig trail is a certified long-distance hiking trail, one of the top trails in Germany, and stretches over 118 km from Stühlingen in the East to Wehr in the Southwest. As a hiker, you do not only discover wonderful little places that invite you to linger, but above all you hike on small, narrow paths, discover deep gorges and enjoy wonderful views over rocky peaks and mountain peaks. In addition to scenic highlights, the Schluchtensteig also has historical and cultural features to offer. For example, you can see the Stallegg run-of-river power plant, which is still active today and is the oldest three-phase power plant in Germany. Or you can marvel at the largest lake in the Upper Black Forest, lake Schluchsee. Those interested in history and architecture can take a look at the cathedral of St. Blasien, which can be seen from afar thanks to its impressive dome. The cathedral is a former monastery church of the Benedictine abbey and is also called the “Black Forest Cathedral” thanks to its imposing appearance. It’s worth not only taking a look from the outside, but also inside the classicist building.

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.

individual hiking tour

  • 15 days
  • dogs allowed
  • from Pforzheim to Weil a.R.
  • Black Forest

Difficulty:

from € 1.620,-

individual hiking tour

Difficulty:

  • 15 days
  • dogs allowed
  • from Pforzheim to Weil a.R.
  • Black Forest
from € 1.620,-

individual hiking tour

  • 8 days
  • dogs allowed
  • from Stühlingen to Wehr
  • Southern Black Forest

Difficulty:

from € 790,-

individual hiking tour

Difficulty:

  • 8 days
  • dogs allowed
  • from Stühlingen to Wehr
  • Southern Black Forest
from € 790,-

individual bicycle roundtrip

  • 7 days
  • from | to Hinterzarten
  • Southern Black Forest

Difficulty:

from € 720,-

individual bicycle roundtrip

Difficulty:

  • 7 days
  • from | to Hinterzarten
  • Southern Black Forest
from € 720,-

Who is the Schluchtensteig-Trail suitable for?

Our hiking trips on the Schluchtensteig are ideal for couples, small groups or even individuals.
 
The path itself is marked throughout with its own sign and all the paths around it are also signposted in detail, so that you will find your way around very easily.
 
In addition, you will receive a handy Hikeline hiking guide (pocket size) with your travel documents, which contains detailed maps and lots of useful information about each individual stage. This means you can easily hike alone and choose your own pace.
 
If you would prefer to be in a sociable group with an experienced hiking guide, you can also book a guided hiking trip on the Schluchtensteig with us.
 
In general, the Schluchtensteig and its individual stages are also suitable for children. However, we recommend that children are at least 16 years old and have sufficient fitness and surefootedness. They should also be free from dizziness.
 
Short day tours, for example in the Wutach Gorge, are suitable for younger children. It is particularly important that you wear good shoes and, if necessary, take the children by the hand.

Requirements/Difficulty

The Schluchtensteig is a breathtaking long-distance hiking trail that stretches over 120 km through the fascinating landscape of the Black Forest. This path leads through gorges that are also known for their mostly short and steep sections as well as ladders that require surefootedness and a head for heights. If you are an experienced hiker and are looking for an exciting adventure, the Schluchtensteig is definitely a recommended tour for you.
 
Although the Schluchtensteig is not classified as a high alpine path and does not pose any life-threatening situations, it should not be underestimated. The steep ascents and descents as well as the narrow paths in the gorges require a certain level of fitness and good preparation. It is important that you have adequate surefootedness and are free from dizziness as there are places where you will have to climb or descend ladders.
 
The charm of the Schluchtensteig lies precisely in its challenge. Viewpoints along the way offer spectacular views of deep gorges, roaring waterfalls and idyllic forests. You will be rewarded with unforgettable nature experiences and a feeling of fulfillment if you successfully master these stages.
 
The individual stages at a glance:
 
  • 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.
Please feel free to inform us about your own experiences on the Schluchtensteig if you have already walked the path and are not free from vertigo.

The best time to travel

The Schluchtensteig in the Black Forest is generally suitable for hikes from April to October. During this time there are also numerous events along the way such as the Lake Night Festival at Schluchsee, the wood sculptor days in St. Blasien or various nature park markets where regional products are offered.
 
Spring is undoubtedly one of the best times of year to explore the Schluchtensteig. As winter recedes, nature comes to life. The streams and rivers carry more water after the snow melts, and the gorges shine in all their splendor. The forests and meadows bloom with lush greenery and bright colors, while the birds chirp and fill the air with fresh energy. This is the time when hikers can enjoy the full beauty of the canyon landscape and its flora.
 
Summer also has its own charm on the Schluchtensteig. While the sun warms up the Black Forest, the deep gorges offer a pleasant way to cool off. The clear water of the streams and waterfalls invites you to take refreshing breaks, and the dense forests provide pleasant shade. The trees‘ green leaves form a dense canopy that protects hikers from the intense sun. The mild temperatures make summer a pleasant time to tackle the length of the Schluchtensteig and explore the many spectacular viewpoints.
 
When autumn arrives, the Schluchtensteig becomes a veritable riot of color. The leaves of the trees turn into bright shades of red, orange and yellow and bathe the entire Black Forest in a colorful robe of leaves. The contrast between the lush green of the valleys and the warm colors of the trees is simply breathtaking. Autumn is also a quieter time on the Schluchtensteig, which makes it possible to take in the beauty of nature in peace and quiet.

Luggage transfer

Enjoy your hike carefree! We will take care of the luggage transfer for you. During the day you only hike with a light daypack while we transport your suitcase from accommodation to accommodation. Our sophisticated logistics for our various trips are optimized so that we can transport as many suitcases as possible with as few kilometers driven as possible.
 
You have to leave your suitcase at reception at the hotel by 9 a.m. at the latest. From 6 p.m. at the latest and only on busy days, but usually from 3 p.m., your suitcase will be ready for you at the next hotel. We transport one suitcase weighing a maximum of 20 kg per guest.

Arrival and departure to the Trail

We recommend traveling to Stühlingen by public transport. The nearest larger train stations are Basel for those arriving from the north and Singen for those arriving from the east. The nearest train station from Stühlingen is Waldshut-Tiengen. Buses run from here to Stühlingen. You can find further information at Deutsche Bahn.
 
From the end of your hiking trip you can then start your journey home straight away. From Wehr to Wehr-Brennet by bus and from here via Basel to the north or west or via Waldshut to Switzerland.
 
If you arrive by car, there are public parking spaces in Stühlingen where you can park your vehicle free of charge for the duration of your hiking trip.
 
You can use public transport to return to your starting point free of charge from all destinations using the KONUS guest card. Depending on the route and connection, the journey takes between 1.5 hours (from Schluchsee) and 3 hours (from Wehr) and usually involves several changes.
 
Danger! Stühlingen does not participate in the KONUS system. If you would like to leave your car at your destination on the day of arrival in order to drive from there to Stühlingen, a ticket must be purchased for this journey. The price is around 6 euros per person.