Feldberg Climb and Feldsee Lake is a 12.9 kilometer moderately trafficked loop trail located near Breisgau-Hochschwarzwald, Baden-Württemberg, Germany that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips and is best used from April until November.

DISTANCE
12.9 km
ELEVATION GAIN
550 m
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

hiking

nature trips

forest

lake

partially paved

views

wildlife

backpacking
3 months ago

This was a great, scenic hike that I found relatively easy but was difficult yet completable for my wife who tagged along (she does not hike much). Thus, this trail is doable for beginners and families with walking children but it will be challenging and the kiddos will be completely beat by the end.

The part I found most difficult was the very first ascent from the cable car station up to the stone monument, it is decently steep. This can be skipped by taking the cable car if you want for 10ish Euros.

From the stone monument the Feldberg Tower is a short walk on paved walkways; it has great views with art exhibits and a museum all for a few Euros. The peak is a slightly longer walk from the tower on paved/gravel trails with gentle inclines/declines that passed by some grazing cows when we did this trail in August. The peak has great views but not much else. After this point the trail becomes unfriendly to tourists; sturdy closed toed shoes are a must and families with push strollers or the elderly/less physically capable should call it a day.

The trail descends the other side of the Feldberg into the next valley to a wonderful mountain hut with food and beer which marks the halfway point of the trail. From here it continues to wind around the mountain ascending/descending multiple times while passing by a picturesque creek and a few other mountain huts before you reach the beautiful Feldsee. Be forewarned, it is illegal to swim or even dip your feet here; there is an endangered species of plant in the lake hailing from the Ice Age. From the Feldsee it is a steep but short 1km hike back to the cable car station.

Wonderful views, ease of access for the elderly/less physically capable up to the peak, family friendly whether you turn around at the peak or continue on for more of a challenge, and lots of refreshment along the more difficult second half. Great hike for everyone!