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Soonwaldsteig Stage 4: Ellerspring - Rheinböllen

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  • Naturschutzgebiet Glashütter Wiesen
    / Naturschutzgebiet Glashütter Wiesen
  • Schutzhütte Schanzerkopf
    / Schutzhütte Schanzerkopf
    Photo: Naturpark Soonwald-Nahe, Trägerverein Naturpark Soonwald-Nahe e.V.
  • / Blick auf die Ellerspring
    Photo: Naturpark Soonwald-Nahe, Trägerverein Naturpark Soonwald-Nahe e.V.
  • / Aussichtsturm auf dem Hochsteinchen
    Photo: Naturpark Soonwald-Nahe, Trägerverein Naturpark Soonwald-Nahe e.V.
  • / Glashütter Wiesen
    Photo: Rainer Feldhoff, Trägerverein Naturpark Soonwald-Nahe e.V.
  • / Oberlauf des Gräfenbachs
    Photo: Naturpark Soonwald-Nahe, Trägerverein Naturpark Soonwald-Nahe e.V.
  • / Windpark Hochsteinchen
    Photo: Marco Rohr, Trägerverein Naturpark Soonwald-Nahe e.V.
  • / Baumpilz am Katzenkopf
    Photo: Marco Rohr, Trägerverein Naturpark Soonwald-Nahe e.V.
  • / Glashütter Wiesen
    Photo: Rainer Feldhoff, Trägerverein Naturpark Soonwald-Nahe e.V.
  • / Naturwaldreservat Schwappelbruch
    Photo: Marco Rohr, Trägerverein Naturpark Soonwald-Nahe e.V.
  • / Trekkingcamp Ellerspring
    Photo: Marco Rohr, Trägerverein Naturpark Soonwald-Nahe e.V.
m 700 600 500 400 300 14 12 10 8 6 4 2 km Aussichtsturm Hochsteinchen Ellerspring Glashütter Wiesen Schutzhütte Schanzerkopf Gräfenbach
Hike around the source of the River Gräfenbach to the Schwappelbruch nature reserve and the Katzenkopf mountain.
moderate
Distance 15.8 km
4:00 h
290 m
540 m
652 m
382 m
The 657m high Ellerspring mountain, the highest peak in the Soonwald region, is located near the hikers' car park at the telecommunications tower. The trail leads from the car park and back along the northern ridge. The Glashütter Wiesen nature reserve in the Gräfenbach Valley lies in a culturally and historically important meadow landscape with imposing trees dotted throughout. At the edge of the Schwappelbruch wetlands the trail ascends to the Schanzerkopf (643m), another prominent Soonwald peak. You can rest here in the newly-built hikers' shelter above a tobogganing run and enjoy the view of the northern edge of the Soonwald region. The trail continues east along the L239 (Ellern-Münchwald) and back along the northern side of the ridge.

The Katzenkopf nature reserve borders on a forest of ancient beech trees. On the Hochsteinchen (648m), a rocky outcrop on the eastern edge of the Großer Soon mountain, you can climb the steel viewing tower, which is a protected structure. From here, the trail follows the steep descent to the Rheinböller hikers' hut, the end of this stage of the trail. Here in the Guldenbach Valley, the third of the Soonwald's transverse valleys, a regional bus runs daily every hour to Simmern-Stromberg-Bingen/Bad Kreuznach.

Author’s recommendation

In the Schwappelbruch and Katzenkopf nature reserves the forest has been left to its own devices. Deadwood and water-logged areas are providing new habitats for many kinds of wildlife.
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Author
Marco Rohr
Update: April 07, 2022
Premium route awarded the "Deutsches Wandersiegel"
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
Ellerspring, 652 m
Lowest point
Rheinböllerhütte, 382 m
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Tips and hints

http://www.soonwaldsteig.de

Start

Ellerspring, hikers' car park (625 m)
Coordinates:
DD
49.906289, 7.601501
DMS
49°54'22.6"N 7°36'05.4"E
UTM
32U 399580 5529149
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Destination

Rheinböllen (Rheinböllerhütte)

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

At the end point: Rheinböllen bus no. 230 Bingen-Stromberg-Simmern (service at regular intervals). Timetable information: www.rnn.info .

Parking

At the starting point: Ellerspring, hikers' car park

At the end point: Rheinböllen motorway service station

Coordinates

DD
49.906289, 7.601501
DMS
49°54'22.6"N 7°36'05.4"E
UTM
32U 399580 5529149
w3w 
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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

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Rating

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Torsten Ebbers
July 22, 2021 · Community
Der Anfang ab ellerspring ist der Hammer. Leider kommt man später wieder auf die ständig kreuzenden schotterpisten. Ist wohl jedem klar, daß die nur für qindparks angelegt wurden. Aber landschaftlich eine Katastrophe und ökologisch auch.
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Wolfgang Haug 
June 13, 2019 · Community
Der erste Teil dieser Etappe Natur pur auf kleinen Pfaden, dann Natur auf "Wanderautobahnen". Dieser Teil verdient nur 3 Sterne.
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When did you do this route? June 06, 2019

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
15.8 km
Duration
4:00 h
Ascent
290 m
Descent
540 m
Highest point
652 m
Lowest point
382 m
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