This suggestion to cycle up to Le Hohneck from the west
could be considered as two separate climbs,
namely the western side of the Col de la Schlucht
climb effort points (cep); 404 elevation meters)
and the climb from the Col de la Schlucht to Le Hohneck
(176 cep and 223 m).
The first part is an alternative for the ascent along the main road to
the Col de la Schlucht from the west,
the busy D417.
It starts at the end of the Lac de Longemer.
After passing the scenic Lac de Retournemer after two kilometers,
the hardest part of the climb begins.
It consists of a stretch of 4 kilometers with an almost constant
slope of 7-8% through a dense forest.
The asphalt is fantastic here.
What follows are two easy kilometers on the D417.
Some two hundred meters before the Col de la Schlucht
we bend to the right to take the Route des Crêtes,
on which we first gain some elevation (a slope of 6% on a distance of 1.5 kilometers)
and then continue almost horizontally for some 2 kilometers.
Very nice is the final jump from the Route des Crêtes to the top of the Hohneck,
a narrow road with a wavy pavement going up in
7 hairpin bends and steepening to some 12% at the end.
The panorama from the summit is superb if the atmosphere is clear.