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Soonwaldsteig Stage 3: Simmerbach Valley - Ellerspring

· 1 review · Long Distance Hiking · Hunsrück
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  • Simmerbachbrücke
    / Simmerbachbrücke
    Photo: Naturpark Soonwald-Nahe, Trägerverein Naturpark Soonwald-Nahe e.V.
  • Felsenpfad am Koppenstein
    / Felsenpfad am Koppenstein
    Photo: Naturpark Soonwald-Nahe, Trägerverein Naturpark Soonwald-Nahe e.V.
  • / Bollinger Eiche
    Photo: Naturpark Soonwald-Nahe, Trägerverein Naturpark Soonwald-Nahe e.V.
  • / Trekkingcamp Alteburg
    Photo: Marco Rohr, Trägerverein Naturpark Soonwald-Nahe e.V.
m 800 700 600 500 400 300 200 14 12 10 8 6 4 2 km Runde Tanne Aussichtsturm Alteburg Burg Koppenstein
Ascend the steep paths to the Koppenstein and immerse yourself in the beech forests of the Großer Soon mountain.
moderate
Distance 14.9 km
4:00 h
595 m
230 m
After following the eastern bank of the stream for a short distance, the trail makes a steep ascent of 275m on scree slopes into the Niederwald forest, passing quartzite rocks, before stopping first at the edge of the former Gehlweiler quarry. It then continues across the jagged rocky ridge. The strenuous ascent ends at the upper edge of Henau quarry. You have now reached the Großer Soon, the middle part of the Soonwald. From here you can see south as far as Kyrburg Castle, near Kirn.

The trail stays on the northern side of the quartzite ridge as far as the ruins of Koppenstein Castle (539m). The castle's keep can be climbed and makes a great viewing tower. The trail then continues from the northern ridge of the Großer Soon to the Mittlerer Soon. The Asbach Valley, which separates the two mountains, is crossed on a wooden bridge.

Alteburg Castle (620m), with its stone tower, located on the most southwesterly summit of the central ridge, is the next viewing point. Beech and spruce forests and raspberry bushes define the landscape along the broad crest of the Großer Soon. This part of the trail runs on a narrow path parallel to the Rennweg path, which leads straight through the forest. Only a few hundred metres from the trail, in a park-like forest belonging to Eschen nature reserve, rare orchids grow underneath ancient trees. The Sponheimer Weg, a historical theme trail, turns off to the nature reserve. After the round fir tree, you reach the end of the stage, the hikers' car park at Ellerspring, on the L108 (Tiefenbach-Winterbach).

Author’s recommendation

Two viewing towers offer great panoramic views of the jagged ridges of the Lützelsoon and Großer Soon mountains – the keep of Koppenstein Castle and the Alteburg Tower.
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Author
Marco Rohr
Updated: March 05, 2019
Premium route awarded the "Deutsches Wandersiegel"
Difficulty
moderate
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Highest point
630 m
Lowest point
260 m
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Tips and hints

http://www.soonwaldsteig.de

Start

Simmerbach Valley, bridge south of Gehlweiler (258 m)
Coordinates:
DD
49.869609, 7.468811
DMS
49°52'10.6"N 7°28'07.7"E
UTM
32U 389969 5525257
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Destination

Ellerspring (Wanderparkplatz)

Note


all notes on protected areas

Parking

At the end point of the stage at the Ellerspring hikers' car park

Coordinates

DD
49.869609, 7.468811
DMS
49°52'10.6"N 7°28'07.7"E
UTM
32U 389969 5525257
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Ingrid Retterath: Soonwaldsteig; ISBN 978-3-86686-321-7; Preis 9,90 €

Author’s map recommendations

Soonwald-Nahe nature park 1:50 000 including the Soonwaldsteig trail Topographic map with hiking trails and cycle paths ISBN 978-3896373007

Questions and answers

Question from Lina Brandes · September 03, 2020 · Community
Gibt es auf der Strecke zwischen Henau und den Trekkingcamp Ellerspring irgendwo die Möglichkeit an Trinkwasser zu kommen? Bzw. wie sieht die Wassersituation zwischen Ellerspring und Rheinböllen aus? Vielen Dank schon mal im Vorraus für die Antwort!
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Answered by Ralf Berghöfer · June 12, 2021 · Community
Etwa 6 km vor Ellerspring quert man einen Bach. Danach kommt nichts mehr bis zum Camp.

Rating

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Wolfgang Haug 
June 13, 2019 · Community
Hauptattraktion auf diesem Wegabschnitt ist eindeutig die Natur. Viele urwüchsige Wälder, nicht so "aufgeräumt" wie viele unserer Nutzwälder.
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When did you do this route? June 06, 2019

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
14.9 km
Duration
4:00 h
Ascent
595 m
Descent
230 m
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