Westweg Stage 2: Dobel to Forbach

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Westweg Stage 2: Dobel to Forbach is a 26.6 kilometer moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Dobel, Baden-Württemberg, Germany that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and backpacking.

Distance: 26.6 km Elevation Gain: 660 m Route Type: Point to Point



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On the outskirts of Dobel, the Westweg dives into the deep coniferous forests. Gently rising, it goes towards the bull's head, which falls with surprisingly steep flanks into the valley of the Alb. Above the steep flank of the Westweg always just below the ridge line to the Weithäuslesplatz, then under the Swiss head through the Hahnenfalzhütte and shortly after a boggy plain to Langmartskopfhütte. Here the extra tour meets the main route again. Thanks to the winter storm Lothar, several magnificent views of the Murgtal can be found on the following kilometers before the Westweg dips into the Swedish-looking forests again. At the Kreuzlehütte the Old Wine Route is crossed and Kaltenbronn is the destination. A detour leads to the unique biotope at the Wildsee, whose wild, sprawling, quiet high mire landscape further enhances the Scandinavian impression. The hunting lodge Kaltenbronn was at the beginning of the 20th century the preferred recreational destination of the Baden Grand Duke Friedrich. The Kaltenbronn is also a popular destination for skiers and cross-country skiers. Head over Kaltenbach, which leaps over large granite boulders, to the Hohloh Lake and the Kaiser Wilhelm Tower (Hohloh Tower) on the 988-meter-high Hohloh, the highest point on the sprawling plateau between the valleys of Murg and Enz. With one final step on the pulpit of Latschigfelsens reveals the full height difference down to Forbach. Like a torrent, the Murg has dug a rocky canyon almost 800 meters deep in the northern Black Forest, which makes the descent to the historic wooden bridge in Forbach one of the highlights of the entire Westweg. Immigrants from Tyrol brought with them the construction of the characteristic wooden hay huts along the way, in which the mown grass could be stored, before it was brought in the winter with sledge into the valley.

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