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.
Among the three ascents to the Brandenkopf
the western variant, described here, is the hardest.
The ride begins in Unterharmersbach.
During the first three kilometers
the road leads through a landscape with meadows and farms.
Here the slope is moderate (6-9%).
In the distance the radio mast near the top of the Brandenkopf can be seen.
When one enters the forest, the hard work begins
on a two and a half kilometer section with a slope of between 9 and 11%.
A bifurcation marks the end of this section.
From the left comes the
north ascent to the Brandenkopf.
We take the road to the right and on the following
two kilometers to Bettelfrau (1-7%) we may recover somewhat
and prepare mentally for the final ramp.