The 19th of September was our second day here, and we wanted to take a hike in the Wutachschlucht (Wutach Gorge, the Wutach being a river) as was suggested in the little guide book we had brought. The weather looked mixed, but we were optimistic.
Proper hiking boots were in order, and you'll soon see why! Wutach gorge is a nature reserve, and the woodland is mostly left to its own devices. After a landslide or when rocks fall down (as they do), sometimes not all paths are open to hikers. We were lucky and did not encounter any closed paths. Mobile phone reception is patchy, and hikers are advised to pay attention to the signs that tell them which rescue sector they are in at all times, so that they can get help quickly if necessary.
You can learn a lot more about the gorge here on wikipedia.
After a drive of maybe half an hour, we arrived at Schattenmühle (Shadow Mill), a parking spot designated for hiking, with a restaurant in what used to be a mill.
This was the actual path:
For quite a while, the path was never far from the river. Then, it lead across a surprisingly wide bridge, and a very comfortable (O.K. even found it a little boring, compared to the more challenging part we'd been through) stretch followed, now along the top on side of the deep gorge.
You can tell where the landslides were!
The path took us back down to the bottom of the gorge and across this bridge.
After passing many impressive rock walls and edging along some very narrow, slippery stone paths (sometimes provided with a steel cable to hold on to), we arrived at this spot where the Wutach is joined by the Gauchach. From here, we took a path up to a place called Wutachmühle (Wutach Mill) where a bus serves as a shuttle for hikers who, like us, want to walk along the stream but not take the same path back to their cars.
While we were waiting for the bus, we had a welcome snack at the little kiosk (there are no shops or restaurants at Wutachmühle), and even cake and coffee.
It had been a great first hike of about 13 km here, and we were looking forward to explore a different part of the gorge the next day.