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Landmann and other cliffs

Published by detlefpalm , 21 November 2018, 10h30.

Region: World » Germany » Westliche Mittelgebirge » Harz
Date of the hike:15 July 2017
Hiking grading: T2 - Mountain hike
Geo-Tags: D 
Time: 4:30
Height gain: 510 m 1673 ft.
Height loss: 510 m 1673 ft.
Route:15.1 Kilometer

This is a beautiful trail - and most of it is relatively rarely visited. The trail follows description #15 of the guidebook 'Vergessene Pfade - Harz' (lost trails) by Richard Goedecke. While the book and the trails are very beautiful and fuel the appetite for more hikes in the Harz, the actual trail descriptions can be vague. As you are likely to follow GPS coordinates, you will not get lost. We advise not to use the Garmin Topo map for Germany, as many smaller trails are not marked - instead use the Freizeitkarte Germany (or a similar map with the same level of detail), which is freely available through the Open Street Map website.
The trail starts at the railway station in Schierke, which you can reach, of course, by train (from Wernigerode). There is also parking for cars available for 5 Euro/day, belonging to the restaurant and therefore not signposted by the authorities.

If you arrived by car you do not want to miss the spectacle of arriving and departing steam engines.
The hike begins just next to the rails, with a few steps leading into the dark forest and your first cliffy rock of the day - the Feuerstein. A sign points out that even Johann Wolfgang von Goethe visited it.

Next stop is the Ahrentklint, which means 'eagles' rock'. It has steel ladders to the top, though the views remain modest. We now make a turn to circumvent the Erdbeerkopf (Strawberry Hill) and eventually reach the Trudenstein, also with ladders and somewhat better views.

A little on, on the 'Treppenstieg' path, a rock is decorated with shark teeth. From the other side it's a more friendly seal.

Do not miss the turn off into the owl path, which looks like a serious bushwhack. Red dots are loosely sprinkled around. The red dots lead you to some steep ascent across roots and rocks to reach a sort of plateau, on which the Landmann cliff is situated. Follow the dots around the cliff - and eventually up to the top. The last meters involve some scramble. There is room for two or three people on the top. There is a summit log in a tin box. While you and your party are most likely alone on the Landmann, your view will go to the Brocken sumit where, on a nice weekend, up to 15,000 visitors will scramble for Bratwurst and Beer in the summit restaurants.

From the Landmann, find the red dots pointing southwards. The red-dot-path continues wild and beautiful. You pass the Grenzklippe and eventually reach the Leistenklippe. The Leistenklippe offers the best views on that side of the Harz mountain, and is more frequently visited from the town of Schierke. The cliff is easily accessible via iron ladders.

From the Leistenklippe, we take the most straightforward path down to Schierke station.

Hike partners: detlefpalm

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