This climb is utterly steep.
If the short initial and final sections are omitted,
the road climbs 622 meters over a distance of 5.5 kilometers.
This corresponds to an average gradient of 11.3%.
A very small gear or a good physical condition is essential.
Even better you have both!
Luckily the slope is fairly constant.
The steepest five hundred meters interval has a gradient of 12.8%,
hardly more than the above-mentioned 11.3%.
Coming on the L126 from Kirchzarten, the ascent begins
at the first exit to Oberried.
From here one should follow the signs to the campsite.
First turn left, then to the right and it gets steeper.
On passing the camp site, the slope then begins to exceed the 10 percent mark.
As mentioned above this remains the case for the next five kilometers.
Then, suddenly in the middle of the forest and on a straight road, it becomes easier
and the gradient of about 5% feels like almost horizontal.
After another one and a half kilometers, on leaving the forest and on a small pass,
the goal is reached.
There is a beautiful view of the Feldberg.
The Erlenbacher Hütte is located somewhat lower, another 500 meters ahead.
The first three kilometers of the trip provide beautiful views of Oberried and its surroundings.
Probably one meets only a few cars on the narrow road.
I found the descend difficult because the road is steep
and of moderate quality.