The Rimbach Steig is a challenging trail. It leads along a range of hills around the two villages of Darstein and Schwanheim and winds through the valley that connects the two villages. The trail has a total length of 17 km. The total walking time is about 7 hours.
The hike starts at the car park at the cemetery in Darstein. From there you also have the highest ascent to the 463-metre-high Immersberg. There, the trail descends into the valley again, over the Häuselstein, the Hockköpfel and the Hockerstein to the Lourdes Grotto in Schwanheim. A section of the trail runs along the village until you finally reach the Nesselberg, from where you can enjoy unique views. The rest of the trail now runs through the forest to the Hühnerstein. From there you have an unforgettable view over the Palatinate Forest. Continuing along the trail, you come to the Kühhunger rock, where there is also a place to stop for refreshments, the Wasgauhütte. Continue over the Haselstein back to the starting point.
The tour requires a certain amount of fitness, but can also be hiked in several sections; the intermediate descents are well signposted.
The hiking trail has a length of 17 km.
The pure walking time is about 7 hours.Hiking blogger Markus Balkow reports on the Rimbach-Steig, with great pictures, read more under "Beautiful view".
Despite the well-signposted trail markers along the premium hiking trails, we recommend for security reasons to always have an appropriate hiking map so that, for example when a storm occurs, you can quickly either find shelter or get out of the woods.
Especially in the autumn it is also important to remember that leaves lying on the ground can conceal irregularities, such as roots, rocks or holes in the path. Following storms, trees can have been uprooted or have branches hanging down. Such path impairments have to be expected when using such trails . Especially in adverse weather conditions, it may occur that the trails and paths turn into muddy and slippery passages. Path impairments of this kind have to be expected when you go out for a hike. Not all rocks or slopes are secured with ropes or railings and sure footedness is required. Should you be of the opinion that these are not accessible to you then you should try and get around them.
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Getting thereB 10 (Landau/Pirmasens) exit Annweiler-West, follow the road towards Annweiler-Sarnstall, turn to Lug, Darstein and Schwanheim.
ParkingParking area in Darstein at the village exit towards Vorderweidenthal (playground).
Parking area in Schwanheim at the village exit towards Darstein (cemetery).
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Sturdy footwear and all-weather clothing, sun and rain protection, and a sufficient quantity of food and drink, should no refreshment facilities or shopping possibilities exist or be open. Although the path is always very well marked, you should for safety reasons always have an appropriate hiking map with you.
Basic Equipment for Hiking
- Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
- Layered, moisture wicking clothing
- Hiking socks
- Rucksack (with rain cover)
- Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
- Hiking poles
- Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
- First aid kit
- Kit para bolhas
- Bivy / survival bag
- Survival blanket
- Pocket knife
- Cell phone
- Navigation equipment / map and compass
- Emergency contact details
- The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
- For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
- Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.