This is one of the toughest climbs in the Black Forest,
partly because of the very steep final part.
We begin the ascent, coming on the L126 from Kirchzarten,
at the first exit to Oberried.
We take this exit
and turn soon to the left towards Zastler.
The first 5.5 kilometers rise gently (2-6%) through a beautiful valley.
Initially the road is wide but it gets narrow after the junction
to the Stollenbacherhof.
Two kilometers further the slope steepens when we enter the forest.
Both steepness and forest will then remain the attributes of
the next six kilometers to Rinken, a pass.
In the middle of this section there is an extra steep part
(11-12%) of one and a half kilometers.
During the last kilometer before Rinken the road is unpaved.
In Rinken we turn right twice
to start with the final and hardest section of the trip.
The first 500 meters are among the steepest in the Black Forest (average 14%).
At the same time the landscape is getting more interesting.
We leave the forest and look, first in front of us, on the Feldberg,
where in the beginning of May, when I was here,
quite a few patches of snow were left.
Behind us a wide view opens.
The aim is not the Baldenweger Hütte itself
but the Naturfreundehaus Feldberg,
resulting in twelve additional elevation meters.