This new route is 118 km in length. It traverses through the Southern Black Forest Nature Park, from Stühlingen through the Wutach Gorge and on to Lenzkirch, then to Schluchsee, past the cathedral in St.Blasien, and across the gentle upper plateaus of Dachsberg and and Ibach. It winds its way from Todtmoos through the dramatic valley of Wehratal, ultimately leading to its destination in Wehr.
Ravines and chasms, waterfalls and lakes, upland moors, flowery meadows and pastures, bright green rainforests, and dark pine forests line this premium trail on its way from the rivers Wutach to Wehra. The trail does not just cover valleys – on the contrary. With delightful regularity, it also steers the hiker to rocky pulpits and mountain peaks. Over and over, the staggering view opens up to the ravines you’ve left behind and those still ahead of you. At one point, the Feldberg peak seems to welcome you across the densely wooded mountains of the Black Forest; at another, the glacierfilled Swiss Alps seem to beckon – this panoramic range to the south is a feast for the eyes and let’s us forget our tired feet.
It is possible to get to the individual sections of the Schluchtensteig (Ravine Route) using public transportation. The eastern section can be reached by rail by taking the nostalgic “Sauschwänzlebahn” (May – October), Ringzug-Strecke, and the Donautalbahn. The northern section can also be accessed via rail by taking the Höllentalbahn and the Dreiseenbahn.