Two landscape highlights await hikers in this final stage: the wild and romantic valley Ruschbachtal and the unique beech forest in Grenzach-Wyhlen. Here, the otherwise very docile Dinkelberg shows its wild side. Steep slopes, cliffs, and slippery ravines provids an intense nature experience before reaching the final stop in Basel, an artistic and cultural center.
From Eigenturm in Degernfelden, the view passes over the upper Rhine near Rheinfelden to Switzerland’s nearby Jura mountains. Behind Rührberg, the Westweg bends to the left and leads down to Wyhlen. The variant through the valley Ruschbachtal is highly recommended in dry weather. At the edge of Wyhlen, the Brenzacher beech forest begins. It is one-of-a-kind in Germany. The entire slope is covered in permanently green beech trees up to five meters high, all the way to the Hornfelsen cliffs high above Grenzacher Horn. Above that, a natural roof is formed by downy oaks, maples, and beeches. The beech trees were presumably brought by the Romans and love the warm, dry climate on the steep hillside. The Westweg becomes a narrow trail snaking up and down the beech forest’s thicket. It is extremely important to be surefooted on these steep paths. Passing by red stone cliffs on narrow ledges, the trail gains altitude again before descending to Grenzach. The final highlights are the Grenzacher Hornfelsen cliffs. High above the Rhine, the view wanders to the harbor Birsfelder Hafen and on to Basel. After a steep zigzag descent, the Westweg reaches the final tail from Grenzach-Wyhlen and the customs station at the edge of Basel. Follow the Rhine’s bank to the Tinguely Museum on the bridge Schwarzwaldbrücke, and from there take the street Schwarzwaldstr. to the train station Badischer Bahnhof.
When the weather is good, it is highly recommended you take the variant via Ruschbachtal valley. The trail branches off 600 meters below the Swiss border between Rührberg and Wyhlen. The narrow trail snakes through numerous footbridges, passing waterfalls in the wild and romantic ravine. Warning: This trail may still be moist and slippery even after several dry days with no rain.