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Holzrückeweg on the Röhrenberg
Rückegasse in the Knechtsteden forest district

As Rückeweg or skid trail a dirt is forestry way referred to the transport of felled trees ( skidding ) by machines or skidding horses from Hiebort for processing and loading area to a fixed Forststraße used. A related term for this is wrong way , from which the metaphor “being wrong ” is derived.


Back lanes are paths that were created in the course of forest development through the removal of trees and used for the ridge of wood . Ideally, these run off at right angles from the forest road that can be driven on by truck . To make it suitable for use with the machine (moving by forwarders ), the lines are laid in a fall line . The width of the Rückegasse is approx. 3 to 4 m. The back lane distance is between 20 and 60 m, contrary to the soil protection for the processor use mostly 20 m.

To some extent, between strip roads and skid trails distinguished. While one speaks of skidding lanes for smaller slopes, one speaks of skidding paths for slopes over 30%, which are then laid out parallel to the contour lines. For the distinction it is not the inclination of the path that is decisive, but that of the terrain.

Climbing paths or machine paths are created by means of earthworks (excavator or caterpillar) at a distance of approximately 100 m from one another. The installation is only carried out on steep slopes that can no longer be accessed by back alleys, as there are costs for earthworks (approx. 3 € / running meter).


Skidding paths and skidding lanes have only been necessary since wooden backs have been operated with technically complex use of machines and materials. Earlier methods were, in addition to transport with back horses, e.g. B. the rope pulley delivery ; In the 19th century in particular, it was the most technically sophisticated way of transporting timber from the cutting site.

In Germany, according to the second national forest inventory around 635,000 km skidding paths.

See also


  • Peter Dietz, Wolfgang Knigge, Hans Löffler: Forest development. A textbook for study and practice with a special focus on forest road construction . Parey, Hamburg and Berlin 1984, 426 pages, ISBN 3-490-02116-9

Individual evidence

  1. National Forest Inventory: Forest development - for management and recovery indispensable