From the parking lot at the forest cemetery it goes up to theSchuhfelsen. After a rest on the Jüngstberg-Plateau an amazing panoramic view awaits us on the Jüngstbergkanzel. Along the Jüngstberggrat a path leads down to the Bundenthaler hunting lodge. From there, along the foot of the Heidenberg we soon reach the forest tavern Drachenfelshütte run by the Palatinate Forest Association. Having refuelled here, the climb up to the castle ruins of Drachenfels is relativelyeasy. An extensive tour of this distinctive rock castle is worthwhile. Following a walk through the idyllic river valley of the Staubborn, a path leads up to the geologically interesting rock formation of the Geierstein. From there it goes over the Lourdessteig back down to the starting point.
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.
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.