We start our Tour on one of the loveliest hiking trails at Raitenbucher Höhe
(1050 m above sea level), with a view of Raitenbuch and the Hochfirst peak to the north. The path, Wiesenweg, veers away from the road at the shed on the right. It alternates through woods and meadows, mainly downhill across sloped pastures, through the forest, sometimes where wild animals have their paths, and along the outskirts of the forest. Mighty spruce and pine trees rustle, and the young spruces are evidence of how the forest can spread when mountain farming is abandoned. After two km, the valley of Urseetal and the town of Lenzkirch come into view. The marsh, Urseemoor, is one of the most valuable marshes in the Black Forest Highlands. We begin our descent to the valley and, once there, take a left to Möslehof
with its stunning array of flowers. After crossing the bridge over Stoffelbächle, a particularly pretty path begins. We walk along stone walls and offside Raitenbucher Straße
, hiking uphill in the high forest until we get to Zinsmoos. Here a path follows a former village route connecting the mountain and Raitenbuch and takes us to the picnic area Alter Ahorn
. The next relaxing section takes us further through the high forest of Sommerberg until a path veers to the left and we gain a new, summerside view of the Raitenbuch high valley. We proceed along Sonnenweg, under a roof of trees at the top of the mountain pasture. One last climb
takes us past Luzenhäusle and back under the majestic spruce trees at the forest’s edge – who can find the holes made by woodpeckers? – all the way to the highest point in the hike. And it might be worth it to look back – we could be rewarded with a view of the Alps. It’s only 700 m to get back to the hikers’ parking lot, which takes us past the Wildenhof chapel.