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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
  • / Am Baybach
    Photo: Klaus-Peter Kappest, Wanderbüro Saar-Hunsrück
  • / Wasserfall im Baybachtal
    Photo: Klaus-Peter Kappest, Wanderbüro Saar-Hunsrück
  • / Der Baybach
    Photo: Klaus-Peter Kappest, Wanderbüro Saar-Hunsrück
  • / Hoch über dem Baybachtal
    Photo: Jörn Winkhaus, Hunsrück-Touristik GmbH
  • / Tief im Tal
    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: January 14, 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


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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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
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.

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)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Kit para bolhas
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID
  • 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.

Questions and answers

Question from Katja S · August 01, 2021 · Community
Hallo, wie sieht die Runde nach dem Starkregen aus? Ist sie zur Zeit begehbar oder ist davon abzuraten? VG, Katja
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Answered by Mario S. · August 01, 2021 · Community
Wir sind die Runde gestern gegangen. Sie war absolut begehbar. Die schönste Schleife, die wir bis jetzt gegangen sind.
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Question from Athiaron Tîwele · September 06, 2020 · Community
Kann man diese Tour auch mit Hunden gehen?
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Answered by Jürgen Kokol · September 06, 2020 · Community
Ja das geht! 😊
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Question from Ryan Turner · January 19, 2020 · Community
What is the safety of this hike like during the winter?
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Answered by Flower Hiker · January 19, 2020 · Community
It could be very slippery. Therefore sturdy shoes and trekking poles are recommended.
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Christian Lautenschläger
September 05, 2021 · Community
Perfekt für die Wärmeren Tage, da hauptsächlich im Schatten und an der Bach entlang...Super Einkehrmöglichkeit in der Gaststätte
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When did you do this route? July 18, 2021
Ion Berger
August 23, 2021 · Community
Eine Lieblingstour
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Flott geht es  in der empfohlenen Wanderrichtung los.
Aha,  ein Bewohner der warmen Schieferfelsen
Wahrlich, ein Kleinod, unbedingt diesen kleinen Abstecher machen !
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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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