I felt reminded of the Devil’s Staircase on the West Highland Way in Scotland when I heard about Devil’s Passage. So I thought, alright, it’s gonna be a fairly decent climb up some hill. What else can it be?!
On the way up we met 2 women we started chatting with. They just came down from the mountain (it’s rather a hill – 800m) and said Devil’s Passage is diabolic. But they didn’t go into detail. Sounds promising.
The entrance of the Devil’s Passage is a wood, leading you to a rocky gorge which looked like nobody has been there for decades. No footprints, no noise, not even rubbish lying around. It seemed the seasons stayed out. The fallen leaves looked like autumn stands still in this place.
The legend says that the devil himself carved a labyrinth into the rocks in order to mislead sinful people and their souls. Many of his victims scratched their names into the walls to tell their bereaved ones about their agony. We indeed saw the engravings.
What we also so was an axe, screws, hammers and wire rope lying around. Does that belong to the marketing strategy of the local council or are we caught in a kind of ‘Final Destination’ remake? Should I have overeaten myself on cake or was it our decision not to climb Zugspitze the other day?
Well, I have to disappoint you. The truth is not as half as exciting as all these possibilities. (Not that I want to find myself as part of Final Destination 6.) It was just road works. Some guys were fixing the trail and trying to improve it. So basically, yes it’s part of the council’s marketing.
The trail itself is quite different from normal hiking trails. A great playground for kids. And nobody around. Except from the devil’s helpers working on the trail.
One more thing: if you want to go there don’t make the mistake and start hiking at the very bottom of the road. 400m up and 3km further down the road is a parking space relatively close to the Devil’s Passage. (If you take the road from B176 between Griesenau and Gasteig don’t stop at the first parking space you see immediately off the road. Go on for further 3km and you spare yourself a diabolic 400m ascent on an asphalt road.)
I’m not complaining. It added to the experience of the Devil’s Passage.
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