ElevationAscent: 730' 222 m
Descent: -760' -232 m
High: 2,003' 611 m
Low: 1,562' 476 m
GradeAvg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 13% (7°)
“The highlight of this segment is the difficult climb up the Eschkopf.”— Lost Justpastnowhere
Much of this segment is along dirt roads or singletracks. From Johanneskreuz, you start with a short climb and then enjoy 4 km (2.5 mi) running at the 500 m (1,600 ft) contour. Then you begin a steep 100-m (300-ft) singletrack climb to the summit of the Eschkopf (608 m; 1995 ft). You'll cross the B48 highway in the middle of this climb. There is an observation tower on the summit that offers a great view.
From the Eschkopf, it's mostly downhill again along dirt roads and singletracks down to Leimen. There are a couple of historical markers (Kapitainshütte) and (Preußenstein) near the 8-km (5-mi) mark. These mark the spots of a Prussian captain's hut and observation point dating from the time of the French Revolution.
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Land Manager: Naturpark Pfälzerwald