Hauptstraße 56, 66887 St. Julian
Starting from the village centre of the small village of Rathsweiler, we take the marked trail going uphill and soon turn right onto the main path. From here, you have already the first great views of the Glan valley.
Now we dive into the dense forest of Rathsweiler, past the entrance of a disused mine. It continues uphill along narrow, winding paths and after leaving the forest we have also left behind us Rathsweiler. Along the lush hillside meadows we can already see the Mittagsfels but before we climb up to it, we descend into Niederalben, past the pottery belonging to Doris Horbach. The Steinalp feeder river flows into the River Glan at Niederalben where it meanders idyllically through the valley . Passing horse paddocks we reach Niederalben and then, at the cemetery can take the climb up to the nature reserve of Mittagsfels.
Almost Alpine in character the climb is long and strenuous so that you need correspondingly sturdy shoes, but on the other hand, it is so exciting and varied in character that the effort needed to climb it is a minor matter. Rare plants and fascinating rock formations characterize the trail, as well as the wide open views into Steinalptal and Glantal - and all in a glorious silence. Having then reached the summit, a snack is an absolute must!
We continue walking along the ridge and then go up along the edge of a military training area along winding paths to arrive at St. Julian, the end of this 2nd stage.