G3VGR SCHLUCHTENSTEIG      Sankt Blasien - Todtmoos      

It was raining steadily and also quite foggy when I woke up. Sadly, the forecast was that the rain would persist for most of the day. I passed the Dom one last time as I made my way up a narrow path into the forest. The views back to Sankt Blasien were not so good due to the lack of visibility. When it's raining hard, I find it's always best to be walking in the woods. Apart from providing some shelter, the vegetation looks better when wet and the smells are refreshing. My Goretex lined boots and new Paclite waterproofs ensured I was completely dry and comfortable. The path through the woods reached the summit of the Lehenskopf where a large wooden lookout tower had been erected. Due to the poor visibility, the view from the top of the tower wasn't good. I progressed to the end of the forest then crossed a tarmac road into a large field where I could hear cowbells in the fog. A lack of signs (first experience of this) and poor visibilty meant wasting 20 minutes circumnavigating the field until I found the trail again.

The trail led me down to a viewpoint, Aussichtspunkt Horbach, where a bronze relief showed all the peaks of the Swiss Alps that were visible from here. Unfortunately, the fog ensured I couldn't see as far as the next field, let alone the next country. I proceeded downhill to Klosterweiher where in a picturesque location, a restaurant was located next to a pond. Unfortunately, it wasn't scheduled to open for the season until next Saturday, so I was unable to get a hot drink and instead, carried on up into the woods past some remnants of old nickel works. I took a break at the Kreuzfelsenhütte overlooking Ibach, which also had a viewpoint with a bronze plaque showing all the Swiss Alpine peaks visible from here on a clear day. At the end of the woods, I was now in more open countryside, much like moorland. This was an interesting change of habitat. It was a pity the weather was too poor to enable me to appreciate it fully. After continuing downhill, I reached an exposed bare hill surmounted by a large cross. This was an imposing site and I made my way up to the Gipfelkreuz. Despite the poor visibility, persistent rain and high wind, an impressive panorama was visible from the hill.

Heading back to the trail, I saw two girls braving the weather to hike the Schluchtensteig. I did remember seeing them yesterday, enjoying the sunshine at Unterkrummelhof. However, like me, they were looking very bedraggled today. The trail continued across some meadows, through another wood then along a tarmac road. It was very exposed here and the wind was driving the rain horizontally at me. I saw a bus stop and the timetable showed a bus to Todtmoos was due in three minutes. Although I was tempted, I opted for the long uphill walk to some more woods instead as it was only another 4Km to Todtmoos. There was snow on the ground when I reached the woods and I was beginning to feel quite sorry for myself by now.

At the end of the woods was another impressive large cross, the Ibacher Kreuz, built in 1777 on the site of a former chapel. Crossing the main road, the trail continued down the Hohwehrschlucht to Todtmoos. The Hohwehrschlucht finished at the beginning of the Hauptstrasse of Todtmoos. Conveniently, a butcher's shop was also located there and it had now ceased raining. After taking off my waterproofs, I sat outside the shop enjoying a hot coffee and rindswurst. From here it was a 20 metre walk to the Hotel Schwärzwalderhof, my stop for the night.


View back to Sankt Blasien

Albert Weisenberger Weg

Lehenkopfturm

Gipfel Kreutz

You can see the Swiss Alps from here...

Kreuzfelsenhütte

Friendly citizens of Oberibach

Ibacher Kreutz

Rastbank Waldflurbereinigung

Wehratal

Hohwehrschlucht

Hohwehrschlucht

Hotel Schwarzwälderhof

Todtmoos Kurpark


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