Foot: 470 m Top: 974 m
Mean slope: 4.4%
Length: 11.7 km
Road conditions (2014): good
Other race bikers: 0-1 per hour
Motor vehicles: 10-30 per hour
Scenerie and road:
Restaurant or bar near top: yes
The Prechtal is an utterly beautiful, typical Black Forest valley.
There is, of course, a small river (Elz) and the road is tranquil.
The largest part of the climb to the Wilhelmshöhe-west
follows this valley southward,
beginning in Oberprechtal-Dorf.
The first few kilometers are characterized by farmlands and a gently sloping road (mostly 2-3%).
More towards the head of the valley forests replace the farmlands
and there is a steeper part (8%).
An abrupt end to this peaceful way of climbing comes
when we take, on the left hand side, a unsigned shortcut to the pass.
Suddenly, climbing becomes a challenge
with a slope of approximately 10% during some 1500 meters.
A few hundred meters after this stretch the col is reached (974 m).
For those, who find this shortcut to hard, the main road offers a good alternative.