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Traumschleife Baybachklamm (Baybach Gorge Dream Loop)

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  • An Seilen in der Klammpassage
    An Seilen in der Klammpassage
    Photo: Klaus-Peter Kappest, Wanderbüro Saar-Hunsrück
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A hike that takes in highlands and gorges to impressively demonstrate how deeply the Baybach stream has dug itself into the Hunsrück shale.

This hike has been awarded 95 experience points by the German Hiking Institute.

Distance 10.5 km
4:00 h
413 m
413 m
354 m
189 m
Experience the narrow, deep, V-shaped valley of the Baybach stream on a highly impressive tour. The route leads along the stream past rocky, moss-covered slopes on narrow paths. It then leaves the ravine, leading uphill past several lookout points on rocky ridges with many idyllic route sections.

Author’s recommendation

Besides the impressive passages in the gorge, the Barreterlei lookout point makes for the tour’s most spectacular elevation.
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Iris Müller
Update: June 01, 2022
Premium route awarded the "Deutsches Wandersiegel"
Highest point
Schiefermassiv vor Heyweiler, 354 m
Lowest point
Baybachtal, 189 m
Best time of year

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Safety information

Some 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.

The gorge is not accessible in ice and snow! Some rocky passages in the gorge are secured with ropes and require sturdy shoes and above all surefootedness!

Tips and hints

Tourist-Information Kastellaun, Marktstraße 16, 56288 Kastellaun, Tel. 06762 401873, 

Hunsrück-Touristik GmbH, Gebäude 663, 55483 Hahn-Flughafen, Tel. 06543 507700,



Wanderparkplatz Heyweiler (340 m)
50.132816, 7.452786
50°07'58.1"N 7°27'10.0"E
32U 389423 5554544
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Wanderparkplatz Heyweiler

Turn-by-turn directions

The “Baybachklamm” Dream Loop tour starts at a portal near the hikers’ car park by Heyweiler. Just a few steps after this portal, we find the first bench in a forest clearing and shake off our everyday stress here, at the latest. The steep descent into the valley of the Buchbach stream that follows has safety ropes at the most difficult junctures. Having just reached the bottom of the valley, the path then climbs uphill again, calling for good stamina on our part. Once we are back at the top and out of the forest, an impressive panorama spreads out before us, which we can particularly enjoy at our leisure from the second bench or at a rest area.

We are now walking to the Steffenshof holiday farm, where a detour to the little chapel is worthwhile. Then we enjoy the magnificent views reaching far across the highlands of the Hunsrück in clear weather. Back in the forest, the path leads down into the archaic valley of the Prinzbach stream. The descent is interrupted by a short and demanding ascent that takes us to the Klöcknerskaul, an old mining tunnel in the shale. Then it turns back to the Prinzbach stream and deeper into the valley. An ever louder rushing appears to herald greater things, and then the trail indeed arrives in the actual valley of the Baybach stream after 4 km.

Things are getting adventurous for us now as we ned to climb up jagged rocks again and again. Safety ropes help us master this challenge in some passages. This section is not only enriched by cliffs, however, as a real rock cave rises up above the path to the right. And the mighty rocks overawe us again and again when we turn our eyes upward.

The Schmausemühle, a former mill concerted into a hotel and restaurant, next invites us to stop for a bite to eat, after 5.7 km. Newly fortified, we then continue through the wild and romantic valley. There are several climbs to master again before the route passes by the Heyweiler mill, whereafter a resting place right by the brook enables us to have a picnic. The rocky cliff coming just after this challenges our climbing skills once more before we follow the lively course of the water in a somewhat more relaxed manner. We leave the Baybach stream in a curve, turning right into the valley of the Frankweiler Bach stream. This is also attended by a wealth of nature, with the course of the stream, the rocks, waterfall and forest combining into the most enjoyable hike. 

But the ascent back to the Hunsrück plateau already awaits us soon. The path climbs up steeply past some rocks, demanding good stamina. Having reached a rocky ridge (incl. bench) very near the top, we are rewarded for our efforts by a breath-taking view onto the Baybach valley. A little later, the trail leaves the forest and goes through open fields offering further wonderful views. We return to the forest once more, however, where the Barreterlei cliff provides for another grand panorama. The trail now divertingly snakes onward to a mountain hut with a bird’s eye view of the Schmausemühle. This is followed by an almost level stretch through a mixed forest, leading us back to the portal, where this gorgeous tour comes to an end.


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Public transport

Buslinien 615 + 638 (Umstieg in Emmelshausen, Bahnhof Bussteig B, Montag-Freitag, 2x am Tag) 
Buslinien 650 + 636 (Umstieg in Beltheim, Montag- Freitag, mehrmals täglich)
Buslinie 636 (Montag-Freitag, 2x am Tag)
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Getting there

K 31 to 56290 Heyweiler - Hauptstraße or Dorfstraße, then follow the signs to the hikers' car park.

Navigation: 56290 Steffenshof on the K 32 / shelter


Wanderparkplatz in 56290 Heyweiler Haupt- oder Dorfstraße

Wanderparkplatz an der K 34 bei 56290 Steffenshof


50.132816, 7.452786
50°07'58.1"N 7°27'10.0"E
32U 389423 5554544
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Free of charge:
Brochure "Erlebnis Traumschleifen" with route sketches, altitude profiles, short descriptions and tips for stopping off at all 111 dream loops and
Traumschleifen overview map - light folding map with a rough overview of all 111 Traumschleifen.
Information and request at


Travel guides and books available for a fee in the shop at




Sturdy footwear (hiking boots) is strongly recommended. Walking sticks prove to be very helpful.

Questions and answers

Question from Andrej Justus · June 24, 2022 · Community
Ist die Strecke immer noch nicht "afgeräumt"? Oder stören die umgefallene Bäume nicht so sehr? Ich bin am überlegen, die Strecke morgen zu laufen
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Answered by Klaudia Wingenter-Süß · June 24, 2022 · Community
Wie es jetzt aussieht weiß ich nicht. Vor ca. 4 Wochen mussten wir über und unter Bäumen durchklettern. Aber es war im Rahmen.
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Question from Stefan Worst · March 31, 2022 · Community
Hallo, ist die Baybachklamm am 02.April immer noch gesperrt? Wenn ja, warum? Gibt es eine Umleitung oder ist die Traumschleife überhaupt nicht begehbar? VG
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Answered by Jürgen Klute · March 31, 2022 · Community
Wir waren vor einigen Wochen im Baybachtal und haben die Rabenlay Tour gemacht. Dort waren sehr, sehr viele Bäume durch Windbruch umgefallen und der Weg faktisch nicht mehr begehbar. In der Baybachklamm dürfte das ganz ähnlich sein, da es das gleiche Tal ist. Es dürfte Monate dauern um die Menge der umgefallenen Bäume dort raus zu bekommen.
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Question from Andreas Willems  · February 11, 2022 · Community
Ist die Strecke wegen des Schneebruchs immer noch gesperrt?
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Answered by Stefan · February 11, 2022 · Community
In Steffenshof hängen die gesperrt Schilder noch!
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D. F
October 08, 2022 · Community
Sylvia Becker
October 06, 2022 · Community
Einfach fantastisch!
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When did you do this route? October 06, 2022
Corné Wever
September 03, 2022 · Community
Heerlijke toch, mooi en goed te doen.
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When did you do this route? September 03, 2021
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10.5 km
4:00 h
413 m
413 m
Highest point
354 m
Lowest point
189 m
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