We set out from the barbecue hut of Zilshausen, which is located at the edge of the forest, a short way out of town. The Dünnbach route immediately dives into a varied mixed woodland, leading us down into the valley past a lookout and an old quarry. At a rocky ridge shortly thereafter we happen upon the lookout point “Heierts Stück”: A path here leads to a bench where one can enjoy the view down into the pristine valley.
We next pass through an archaic, low-growth woodland on a beautiful forest path. The rocky outcrops all along the way afford insights into Earth’s history. The path then ultimately ascends a little again along the edge of the slope of the Petershauser Graben rift before sharply turning back to the left towards the valley of the Dünnbach stream in the middle of a conifer forest.
Here we happen upon a forestry road after about 2 km where we can change to the right-hand connection route that divides the Dünnbach hike into a southern (from Zilshausen: 5.5 km) and a northern loop (from Lahr: 6.1 km). The Dünnbach Trail now turns 15 meters to the right before leading down to the Dünnbach stream itself by footsteps. An access route leads to Mörsdorf from here (2.6 km), and a nearby rest area allows us to enjoy a picnic directly by the water.
The Dünnbach Trail continues on to the right across a meadow and follows the leat for a short stretch, but next turns uphill into the slope, steeply at first, but then somewhat more moderately.
We soon reach the K38 road, which is crossed later. This is followed by a magnificent forest passage that leads directly to the Dünnbach stream. The tour now follows the snaking brook and we see gorgeous nature. All too quickly, after 4 km, we have to bid the valley farewell because this is the start of the ascent to Lahr. Wonderful views into the distance open up as soon as we leave the forest, which we can particularly savour in the resting area by the Lahr Biotope. Then the path leads to Lahr with a few swerves, where an access route links up the town centre.
We quickly reach the open field again, briefly following a cart track along the L 108, before going back into the forest along the Petershauser Graben rift. After a descent, we hit upon the connection route after almost 8 km, in the Zwergenplatz area at a large forest crossing.
The Dünnbach Trail now leads uphill to the left along a broad forestry path. We finally turn to the right into a path that leads to the edge of the forest after a last steep stretch. From there we follow a cart track that goes gently uphill to nearby Zilshausen.
The tour turns right at the main road, goes around the church and then leads out of town. We are walking right across the open land with the most beautiful panoramic view, and on to a wayside cross. The Dünnbach trail continues straight on at first, but then sharply turns to the right in the middle of the fields, before happening upon the access road at the barbecue hut a little later. We are not going there on the road, however, but on the strip of grassland running parallel to it. This charming hike ends at the barbecue hut again after 10 km altogether.