On the 20th of September, we arrived at breakfast in our hotel to this beautiful view:
Our plan for the day was to return to the Wutachschlucht but walk a different part of it. Actually, the first half of our hike was not along the Wutach, but the Haslach, another small river that merges into the Wutach.
We drove to Lenzkirch, a small town which is ideally situated for hiking in the region.
From the parking lot where we changed into our hiking boots, it was a comfortable walk through the woods to the Haslach.
The Haslach, which would accompany us most of the time until its merge with the Wutach:
The building in the picture above used to be a tiny train station. There was once a railway connecting the surrounding villages, but it has long been closed, and the former tracks have been turned into a cycling path.
After following the former rail tracks for a while, the path took us back down into the gorge with the Haslach at its bottom:
We really liked this part with the dramatic rocks where the Haslach has been squeezing through for tens of thousands of years:
The path took us up to the rim of the gorge again, with glimpses down to where we'd been:
Soon, we were at river level again:
Here is where the Haslach and the Gutach merge, forming the Wutach:
We crossed the Wutach at some point and went back up through the woods until we were much higher up than before. From there, once again a comfortable path took us back to where we had started.
Back in Lenzkirch, we had a good meal of hot soup at a café, followed by delicious cake and coffee, before we drove back to the hotel.
We ended the day with a short walk to the top of the hill behind the hotel, enjoying the peace and quiet of the surrounding meadows and woods.