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Graded short tour/Graded circular tour

Rimbach Steig

· 31 reviews · Graded short tour/Graded circular tour · Pfalz
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  • Hockerstein
    / Hockerstein
    Photo: D. Trauthwein, Tourist-Info-Zentrum Pfälzerwald
  • / Ausblick vom Rimbach-Steig
    Photo: Stephanie Ser, Tourist-Info-Zentrum Pfälzerwald
  • / Nesselberg
    Photo: D. Trauthwein, Tourist-Info-Zentrum Pfälzerwald
  • / Blick um Darstein
    Photo: Stephanie Ser, Tourist-Info-Zentrum Pfälzerwald
  • / Rastplatz auf dem Premiumweg
    Photo: Manfred Seibel, Tourist-Info-Zentrum Pfälzerwald
  • / Panoramablick über den Pfälzerwald
    Photo: Stephanie Ser, Tourist-Info-Zentrum Pfälzerwald
  • / Einkehrmöglichkeit PWV Wasgauhütte Schwanheim
    Photo: Stephanie Ser, Tourist-Info-Zentrum Pfälzerwald
m 500 400 300 200 14 12 10 8 6 4 2 km Lourdesgrotte Schwanheim Kochelstein Häuselstein Hühnerstein Haselstein Nesselberg

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.

 

difficult
16.7 km
7:00 h
672 m
672 m

A challenging trail with many highlights

Romantic meadows, uplifting vistas and impressive rock formations can be seen along   the almost 17 kilometre long premium trail "Palatinate Rimbach-Steig" around the idyllic Rimbachtal with its two villages Schwanheim and Darstein. In total, over 800 vertical metres have to be climbed – a real challenge, even for hikers with a good condition.

No matter from where you start the tour, it's first up the hillside. The extremely steep slopes leave no doubt that the 800 metres will have to be achieved without detours and you quickly realize that the grading of the Rimberg-Steig is correctly classified as "severe". But as soon as one has reached the first hilltop ridge and the first viewpoint, the entire beauty of this premium trail unfolds itself - winding paths along high-altitude trails and mighty rock formations with unforgettable wide views.

Author’s recommendation

For break visit the Wasgauhütte in Schwanheim.
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Updated: July 26, 2019

Premium route awarded the "Deutsches Wandersiegel"
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Highest point
463 m
Lowest point
222 m
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Safety information

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.

 

Tips, hints and links

Tourist-Info-Zentrum Pfälzerwald

Urlaubsregion Hauenstein

Schuhmeile 1

76846 Hauenstein

Urlaubsregion Hauenstein

Tel. 06392-92 333 80

Wanderblogger Markus Balkow berichtet vom Rimbach-Steig, mit tollen Bildern, mehr dazu unter "Schöne Aussicht"

Start

parking area in Darstein (281 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
49.155666, 7.883669
UTM
32U 418604 5445360

Destination

Darstein/Schwanheim

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A challenging trail with many highlights

Romantic meadows, uplifting vistas and impressive rock formations can be seen along   the almost 17 kilometre long premium trail "Palatinate Rimbach-Steig" around the idyllic Rimbachtal with its two villages Schwanheim and Darstein. In total, over 800 vertical metres have to be climbed – a real challenge, even for hikers with a good condition.

No matter from where you start the tour, it's first up the hillside. The extremely steep slopes leave no doubt that the 800 metres will have to be achieved without detours and you quickly realize that the grading of the Rimberg-Steig is correctly classified as "severe". But as soon as one has reached the first hilltop ridge and the first viewpoint, the entire beauty of this premium trail unfolds itself - winding paths along high-altitude trails and mighty rock formations with unforgettable wide views. For this reason, it's always worthwhile to climb the arduous path leading from hilltop to hilltop because you will be rewarded each time anew with a great sight.

 

One of the most spectacular stops on this tour is certainly the Hühnerstein (456 m), the boundary stone between the districts of Hauenstein and Schwanheim. A steel ladder helps you to climb up to the viewing platform, from where you can enjoy a breathtaking view over the entire region. A compass rose mounted at the top also helps you with your geographical orientation whilst at the foot of the Hühnerstein a wooden bench offers you the opportunity for a short break.

Of course, the almost 17-kilometre-long circular route has many more attractive places to offer. On the ridge of the Nesselberg, for example, you should definitely plan a stopover. Up there you will be undisturbed and can simply enjoy the peace and quiet. The ridge walk between the Hühnerstein and Kesselberg is like being in a dream. We pass mighty rock formations and every now and then have a view between the trees of the surrounding hillside.

 

At the Häuselstein, a seating area invites for a short rest and/or snack. A little further on, a narrow soft path leads to a hidden rocky platform on which you can enjoy another rest. From Immersberg, Hockköpfel and Hockerstein there await fantastic wide views far into the Vorderpfalz that must be seen. These rocks summit should therefore also be on the sight-seeing list. Since hiking is bound to make you hungry, a visit to the Wasgauhütte is a must. What could be better than after a hard tour in friendly company than to enjoy the culinary specialties of the region?

A contrast to the high altitude paths are the stages down in the valley that lead through idyllic meadows. Depending from where you started, they form the beginning or end of an eventful hiking tour on the Pfälzer Rimbach-Steig.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

take the train to railway station Annweiler am Trifels (and then by bus line 525 to Darstein or Schwanheim)

or to railway station Wilgartswiesen.

Getting there

B 10 (Landau/Pirmasens) exit Annweiler-West, follow the road towards Annweiler-Sarnstall, turn to Lug, Darstein and Schwanheim.

 

Parking

Parking area in Darstein at the village exit towards Vorderweidenthal (playground).

Parking area in Schwanheim at the village exit towards Darstein (cemetery).

 

Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

Wanderkarte Hauenstein & Trifelsland 1:25.000, Pietruska Verlag

Equipment

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.

 


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Reviews

4.8
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Heinz Mertel
June 22, 2020 · Community
Startpunkt war der Friedhof von Schwanheim. Danach die Tour im Uhrzeigersinn angelaufen und nach ca. 9 km bzw. 3 h Rast in der Wasgauhütte, gute Auswahl an warmen und kalten Gerichten sowie Kaffee und Kuchen. Gesamtdauer der Tour 6 h, davon 4 h in Bewegung, Länge 20,4 km und 670 Höhenmeter. Durchaus schweißtreibende Tour, dafür mit tollen Aussichtspunkten auf allen Wegabschnitten. Gut ist der Wegcharakter, schöne schmale Pfade (mal weich, teils auch mit Wurzen und Steinen), aber auch einige grob geschotterte breite Wirtschaftswege. Meist gut eingewachsene Kiefer- und Eichenwälder, zum Teil auch ein paar eher dröge Monokulturen. Insgesamt absolut lohneswert. Gilt auch für die abendliche Einkehr in Schwanheim mit großem Hunger.
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May 30, 2020 · Community
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Difficulty
difficult
Distance
16.7 km
Duration
7:00h
Ascent
672 m
Descent
672 m
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