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Rappenfelsen Climb (Rappenfelsensteig)

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  • / Wandern auf dem Rappenfelsensteig
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    Photo: Claus Giller - Förster
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    Photo: Claus Giller - Förster
  • / Rappenfelsensteig Aussicht
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m 1100 1000 900 800 700 600 12 10 8 6 4 2 km Wanderparkplatz Brenden, … Schwarzabruck Herz- Jesu Kapelle Herz- Jesu Kapelle Damwildgehege Rappenfelsen Muckenloch
Experience the deepest depths of the Black Forest with the habitat of chamois goats in the Schwarza Valley.
Distance 12.4 km
4:30 h
407 m
407 m
This is the ideal black forest: a dark, natural, but always ground-green forest with narrow paths, steep slopes, deep gorges and cascading streams, in between a clear, river in the valley, occasional look-outs and above the gorges green, swinging meadows with expansive views of distant forest mountains. All this has this way to offer, with a strong accent on a forest that seems to have grown for centuries as it wanted, with trees of all ages in dramatic poses. And as a heavyweight addition, a voluminous rocky backdrop of blocks and terraces, bizarre rock shapes of all sizes to even more dramatic walls and rocky seas - as from a Weber or Wagner opera. Anyone who has come to know the Black Forest so far only as a spruce forest, here gets an idea of ​​what makes up its reputation.


- " Wanderpapst "Dr. Rainer Brämer, Dt. Wanderinstitut -


"Open your eyes" on the high black forest premium hiking trails. Because on every way there is a stamp point in the form of a cuckoo clock. These offer the opportunity to document the hikes by stamp in the "Hochschwarzwälder Wanderpass". For more information, see https:

Author’s recommendation

With some luck you can see chamois in the early morning and late evening. Dawn and dusk are the best times to see the animals!
Premium route awarded the "Deutsches Wandersiegel"
Highest point
956 m
Lowest point
624 m
Best time of year

Safety information

Sure-footedness and a head for heights are essential.


Due to the protection of species, all hikers are asked to stay on the trails.

Tips and hints

The Black Forest pleasure walks were developed for hikers who want to connect the landscape experience and pleasure delights.

You can find more pleasure walks in the Black Forest at


Staufen town centre (79865 Grafenhausen-Staufen) (934 m)
47.756396, 8.211166
47°45'23.0"N 8°12'40.2"E
32T 440880 5289526

Turn-by-turn directions

From the Herz-Jesu-Kapelle (Sacred Heart Chapel) in the centre of Staufen the tour initially proceeds across a meadow and along the edge of a forest until we come onto the trail up to Schwarza River Valley. After a few metres we bypass the Gießebuck area and cross the little connecting road that leads to the hydroelectric power station Wasserkraftwerk Schwarzabruck. The first steep scree fields appear at Kuchelfelsen, where the chamois settled here like to romp about. The rest area near Muckenloch is ideal for a snack break before we start the ascent (approx. 50 metres away there is a little mountain hut). The trail known as “Muckenlochpfad” in the protective forest area is a small, natural beaten path and leads up uphill. Shortly before the Rappenfelsen, the trail gets increasingly narrower and leads to steep slopes beneath rock faces. We follow the adventurous trail, leave the protective forest area, come to a site with wood shavings and reach our highest point, the Wartbuck. We hike across the upper Wartweg trail to the parking area for hiking (with a barbecue site), and there we cross the road between Brenden and Staufen. We follow the trail through a small grove on the trail known as “Bulgenbacher Weg”, pass the “Bündt” fallow deer enclosure and hike over the Bündtweg trail back to the starting point.

Surefootedness and a head for heights are required! For reasons of species protection we ask you to stay on the trail.



all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Take the train from Singen or Basel to Waldshut and from there take the 7342 bus to Schönenbach.

Getting there

From Freiburg: B31 direction Donaueschingen, exit B317/B500 direction Waldshut, in Seebrugg left onto K4989 direction Schönenbach/Staufen. From Donaueschingen: B31 direction Freiburg, through Hüfingen and left after Bonndorf, left after Grafenhausen, right onto K6500.


Staufen Ortsmitte

Weitere Einstiegsmöglichkeiten: Wanderparkplatz Brenden, Dorfhalle Brenden, Wanderparkplatz Schwarzabruck


47.756396, 8.211166
47°45'23.0"N 8°12'40.2"E
32T 440880 5289526
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike


We recommend sturdy shoes!

Basic Equipment for Hiking

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Hiking socks  
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Blister kit
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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Markus Branke
September 13, 2021 · Community
Bin ein wenig im Zwiespalt was ich von dieser Tour halten soll. Auf der einen Seite ein gefühlt ewiger Abstieg auf Schotterweg zur Schwarza und an ihr entlang, auf der anderen Seite ein schöner wenn auch etwas kurzer Steig mit Teils alpinen Charakter mit einer Schönen Aussicht und Sonnenliege als Abschluss. Insgesamt würde ich den Weg nicht noch einmal gehen.
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When did you do this route? September 10, 2021
Benjamin Allenbacher
August 26, 2021 · Community
When did you do this route? August 26, 2021
Photo: Benjamin Allenbacher, Community
Photo: Benjamin Allenbacher, Community
Photo: Benjamin Allenbacher, Community
Photo: Benjamin Allenbacher, Community
Ina Neufeld
August 24, 2021 · Community
Hervorragend ausgeschildert, die gpx-Führung ist nicht unbedingt nötig. Die Tour führt überwiegend durch dichten Wald, einige Aussichtspunkte eröffnen sich dann und wann. Die ersten 5 km sind Waldwege, dann kommt der eigentliche Rappenfelsensteig, sehr schön, sehr steil durch den Wald. Oben angekommen hat man einen genialen Weitblick über bewaldete Berge, incl. Entspannungsliege sowie Tisch und Bänke. Ideal für Hunde, immer wieder gibt es Bächlein. Keine Einkehrmöglichkeiten, aber auch kein Verkehrslärm und keine Radfahrer. Die erste Bank kommt nach ca. 6,5 km, kurz nach dem Gipfel, wenn man der empfohlenen Laufrichtung folgt, ist ein Grillplatz. ÖPNV nach Staufen scheint es in den Ferien nicht zu geben.
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12.4 km
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407 m
407 m
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