Ascent of Stierenberg on 2013-12-18

Climber: Lee Newton

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 Report

A 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.
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The summit marker for Stierenberg, the highest point of the low ground in the middle point of Switzerland between te Jura and the Alps (2013-12-18). Photo by Lee Newton.
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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
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:25 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:20 Minutes

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