After the start in Reifenthal and the first forest section, you come to the outskirts of Schwall with a view over the extensive Hunsrück landscape. The view is also captured by six modern art installations. Objects that you don't see on every hiking trail.
The next stop is the Heilbrünnchen, one of the oldest places of pilgrimage in the Hunsrück region. The patron saint is Saint Wendelinus in the chapel near the spring.
From the Heiligenbrünnchen, the trail soon descends into the Baybach Valley. In the past, there were 32 mills in the valley from its source in Hausbay to its mouth in Burgen on the Moselle. The hiking trail leads directly past 7 mills. At Strieders Mühle, a stone slab commemorates the ancestral home of Johannes Strieder, who emigrated to South America in 1868.
The "Rutsch" rest area is located where the Eichelbach flows into the Baybach. On the way towards Bickenbach, you leave the stream valley. A short, steep climb brings you to the Ackersberg lookout point with its historic cross.
Behind Bickenbach, you gain height again via a meadow path. The view from the "Eifelblick" vantage point at the edge of the forest above Bickenbach seems limitless.
The trail has been certified by the German Hiking Institute as a premium trail with 75 experience points.
Safety informationSome of the dream loops are steep, difficult and, in rainy or winter weather, slippery. Therefore, surefootedness and good physical condition are essential prerequisites for hiking these premium circular trails.
Tips and hintsTourist Information in the Center at the Park, Rhein-Mosel-Str. 45, 56281 EmmelshausenTel. 06747 - 93220, www.rhein-mosel-dreieck.deHunsrück-Touristik GmbH, Building 663, 55483 Hahn-AirportTel. 06543 - 507700, www.hunsruecktouristik.de
Getting thereOn the B327 (Hunsrückhöhenstraße) to Reifenthal
ParkingHikers' parking lot on the B327/ K102 near Reifenthal 56291 Leiningen - OT Reifenthal
Book recommendation by the author
EquipmentSturdy footwear (hiking boots) is strongly recommended.
Basic Equipment for Hiking
- Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
- Layered, moisture wicking clothing
- Hiking socks
- Rucksack (with rain cover)
- Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
- Hiking poles
- Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
- First aid kit
- Blister kit
- Bivy / survival bag
- Survival blanket
- Pocket knife
- Cell phone
- Navigation equipment / map and compass
- Emergency contact details
- The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
- For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
- Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.