Ascent of Stierenberg on 2013-12-18
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
|Date:||Wednesday, December 18, 2013|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
| Elevation:||872 m / 2861 ft|
Ascent Trip ReportA quick ascent on an extended lunch hour. From the small village of Rickenbach (Canton Luzern) I took one of several minor roads across an area of flat open farmland. A sign pointed uphill on an obvious road to "Sterenberg". Higher up the road is blocked to private vehicles and there is a small parking area next to a signboard showing a couple of marked routes around the mountain. I took the "Sageweg", which included a visit to the summit, the red marked path. A number of carvings and pictures of gnomes and elves accompany the route and signboards explain the history and mythology of forest dwelling peoples (all in German). The path is easy to follow and leads to a carved stone proclaiming "höchster Gipfel Kt. AG (highest summit in Canton Aargau)". There is a higher one in the Jura, which also has a plaque with a similar claim, although it has little prominence, being a small bump on the ridge to a higher peak in a neighbouring canton.. What is without doubt is that the Stierenberg is the highest peak in the Schweizer Mittelland ie the low-lying land in Switzerland in between the Jura mountain chain and the Alps. There are no summit views due to the forest, but the views from lower down were spectacular looking south with Rigi Kulm and Pilatus prominent and the Bernese Oberland with Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau also visible.
|Summary Total Data|
| Elevation Gain:||118 m / 384 ft|
| Distance:||4 km / 2.5 mi|
| Route:||Sageweg (red marked route)|
| Trailhead:||Parking area 754 m / 2477 ft|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail|
| Weather:||Pleasant, Calm, Clear|
| Time Up:||25 Minutes|
| Time Down:||20 Minutes|
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