Distance: 12 ,00km
Max. Altitude: 453m
This hike has been completed on 3rd July 2020, according to the directions of Outdooractive.com
Different panoramas this time. We left our beloved Bavaria for a few days to explore the beautiful national park of the Saxon Switzerland, near the city of Dresden. The first hike we did is one of the classics of this region, climbing up to the well-known Schrammsteine rock, coming back via the adventours Wilde Hölle (literally wild hell).
We parked our car at the parking spot, directly at the trailhead. The path immediately shows the highlights of this region: the majestic sandstone rocks. The entire trail goes through a forest, providing a nice shadow in a hot summer day.
This region is also famous in Germany to be a climber paradise, as Ilaria tried to demonstrate showing her bouldering skills. The first peak to hike was the Schrammstein. To reach it, we had to climb up some ladders and make use of the several handrails. Nothing difficult, since the trail is not exposed. We met also many elderly people doing it without problems.
After about one hour from the beginning we reached the Schrammstein peak, where we stopped for our lunch break, enjoying the amazing views over the Swiss Saxony and the Elbe valley.
After the break we continue eastwards, walking over a sort of ridge between the sandstone rock formations. This part of the trail is also full of ladders and handrails to help people hike the ridge.
Passed the ridge, the trail start to descend, until we reached the junction for the Carolafelsen, which is the highest peak of this region. To climb it, we have to do a small deviation but it was rewarded but another set of amazing views over the national park.
From the Carolafelsen, we continued to the Wilde Hölle (Wild Hell) trail. This is the hardest and funniest part of the hike, with some climbing passages that reminds us of an easy ferrata. Nothing hard or dangerous anyway, just take care of where you put your feet.
Coming out of the hell, the trail becomes quite flat, going aside a meadow, gifting us the last view over the beautiful sandstone rocks.