The wild delights of Steinklamm gorge

The Brown Trout loop trail starts at the car park in Steinklammstraße and leads uphill towards the Sparkasse bank, where the trail then bears right and into the woods between Bärwurzerei Gerl and Schnapsmuseum Penninger. You will then cross the train line and follow the flat trail along the canal dam to the reservoir at Großarmschlag.

Past the reservoir,
the trail takes a right and follows the forestry track downhill slightly. After crossing a bridge, it now leads along a narrow and rocky path uphill through the romantic Steinklamm gorge, along the Großer Ohe river. This impressive gorge was created by masses of water descending a long way over a short distance.

Within the gorge,
which is up to 100 metres deep in places, the various forms of fluvial erosion – such as smoothing, troughs and potholes, as well as up to 2-metre deep but mostly sediment filled whirlpools – attest to the formational power of the water, which peaked here at the end of the last ice age with a deluge of meltwater. The local flora here is a wonder to behold with botanical beauties like the blue moonwort, greater wood-rush and rare northern firmoss dotting the landscape. At the end of the gorge, the trail leads uphill to the left and back to the starting point.

Trail marking:    


Starting point:
Car park on Steinklammstraße, 94518 Spiegelau

Local public transport:
Waldbahn railway Zwiesel-Grafenau
Igelbus line 6115 (Finsterau bus) and 7595 (Rachel bus)
Bus line 301 Zwiesel-Grafenau

No food & drink options available on the trail!
After the snow melts, the path is accessible from May to October.
Sturdy footwear and surefootedness are a must!
For safety reasons, the gorge is not accessible with pushchairs, wheelchairs and bicycles.

Information for dog owners: This trail encompasses passing a 7-step metal mesh stair!