Brandenkopf is an attractive destination for the true climber.
This mountain can be climbed on paved roads from three sides.
All variants are steep to very steep.
The last one and a half kilometers up to the summit,
from a crossing named Bettelfrau (beggar woman in English)
is identical for the three ascents.
This final is even steeper than the profile below shows
because it contains an almost horizontal part,
which is too short to appear in the profile.
The road surface of this part is miserable
but as a reward for the effort
there is a "Wanderheim" with terrace at the end.
The north ascent begins in Oberharmersbach.
During the first two kilometers,
when the road is surrounded by pastures and farms,
the slope is still quite gentle (3-7%).
However, the next three kilometers through the forest
are very steep, mostly 11-12%.
They end at a bifurcation.
From the right hand side comes the
western variant of the Brandenkopf.
We take the road to the left and on the following
two kilometers to Bettelfrau (1-7%) we may recover somewhat
and prepare mentally for the final ramp.