Rocky Path & The Serpentine - TRAIL

Rocky Path & The Serpentine - Trail, Heidelberg, Germany

This trail has two distinct parts, the first being the Rocky Path. This is a difficult steep trail running through woods with lots of rocks. Hence the name! It's quite short, only 2km or so, finishing at the "Red Woods". But it'll test your suspension, hands, arms, butt, and head if given a chance. The second half starts at the Red Woods and is called the serpentine. This part of the trail is twisty & turny while still damn steep. It goes for 3km or so ending at the bottom of the Steigerweg in Heidelberg. Most of this trail is less than a metre wide and decends 450m (1500ft). Have fun!

User Reviews (8)

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Turtlescash   Downhiller [Sep 26, 2006]

If any of you guys want to ride just give me call on my Hnady (cell phone) 01511-0101071. Or send me an email at armynco25@yahoo.com

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yabs   Weekend Warrior [Mar 29, 2005]

Correction to the last posting. We will be riding on Sunday 3 Apr, 2005. We will meet at GeorgsHutte at 0930. Anyone willing to try this track is invited.

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yabs   Weekend Warrior [Mar 28, 2005]

I'm not sure if anyone reads these trail reviews but, on Saturday 2 April 2005, a group of us are going to meet up and ride up to the KoenigStuhl and attempt this trail. Anyone willing to give it a try should meet us at the Georg Huette, at the parkplatz just north of the light to the west of Gaiberg. If you need any additional info, you can email me.

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Simon   [Nov 10, 1998]

Initially rocky as hell, this trail snakes down the Knigstuhl into Rohrbach (a Heidelberg suburb): so far, no-one I know has ridden up it cleanly without dabbing because of some wickedly tight hairpins, booby trapped with baby-head rocks and tree roots.
A clean downhill run is possible though, and this is a good initiation test for riders. The complete downhill route from the top of the Knigstuhl is probably the longest run in Heidelberg and is definitely amongst my favourites.!

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Finding the trail head is easy, right next to the Bergbahn at the Konigstuhl. Go straight where ever possible for 2km and eventually you'll reach a carpark at the end of the Rocky Path. Go straight across the car park and you'll find a small trail decending into the Redwoods. Go straight for 200m or so and then take a sharp left on a trail down to and across Johanneshoopsweg. After 100m keep to your right at the split. Now carry on for 1km or so ubtil you reach the Serpentine. This leads to the bottom of Steigerweg. Have fun!

Similar Products Used: The Felsenmeer, Heidelberg, Germany.
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Andy   [Dec 08, 1998]

What more to add...
The Rocky path tests your wrists, the Redwoods give you a break from the battering and then the sepentine tests your ability to turn 180 degrees in half bike length.
The reward is thrashing down rest of the hill on the road into town through a 30km/h zone doing 70.

It's not the steepest, roughest or hardest thing you'll ever ride but for ten minutes on one descent it's got alot !!

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There is only one !!.

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NotaKnob   [Dec 27, 1998]

Good for reason suspension. I did this on my second HD ride in 92. Back when suspension was letting a little air out the tires or standing all the time. As usual in the HD area, watch out for walkers as HD is a MAJOR tourist trap. Only thing that makes this trail better is if you do it on a weekday (non-German holiday).

Customer Service

It's better to start from Rohrbach, do the stuhl, then drop into Schlierbach... Stop at Hemmingway's and refuel, then go up the river towards Ziegelhausen.. On to the Stein!

Similar Products Used: Best ride around is the WiesseStein on the other side of the Neckar. Longer and less travled with bonus of decent HefeWeissen at the top.
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Dean   [Nov 08, 1999]

God I MISS this trail. It is by far the best riding you could ask for. I used to ride it 3 or 4 times a week. It can get hairy in the dark, use good lights both helmet and bar mounted!

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The route from Rohrbacher strasse allows you to get some killer singletracking in down below the cemetery

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Kevin   [Apr 28, 2003]

I choose to drive up to the top and ride down. There is a park up at the top, haven't been there but heard it was a good for the kids. I have walked the nature trail before and really enjoyed the view. This had been the first time I have ridden this trail and for that matter my first down hill ride. Since this had been my first time down this hill and I was alone I wasn't sure which exact trail I was on. I followed the white upside down triangle route. It was great. There were some rough parts along the way, like a section covered with leaves and couldn't tell what I was running over. A few rocky sections also caused some heart ache. Wasn't to difficult but it did make my arms burn from hanging on. I learned a valuable lesson that day...for every down hill there is an uphill. Because I rode the steepest routes I could find and I really didn't know any other way back up, I turned around and went the same way I came down. I could tell how out of shape I really was. I must have run over something that my tire didn't like. Luckely I made it to the top, about 500 meters from my car, before my back tire went flat.

I have no frame of reference to tell you what skill level should be riding this trail, but I can say I had a great time. And plan on going back again and again.

Next stop will be the trails in K-town.

Keep riding.

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