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To the "snorring cliffs" (HWN 14, 20 & 21, 9953)

Short facts

  • start: Elend, parking spot at the roundabout (main street)
  • destination: Elend, parking spot at the roundabout (main street)
  • medium
  • 6,56 km
  • 2 hours
  • 674 m
  • 490 m
  • One way tour
  • Loop tour

best season

The adventurous and scenic hike to the "Snoring Cliffs" is one of the most popular routes from the Harz town of Elend.

The first part of the hike from Elend to the Barenberg is a demanding section, but can be managed with a basic level of fitness. Arrived at the top of the Barenberg, it's a relaxed walk on the forest floor to the snoring cliffs. The further way over the Mauseklippen to Schierke is a rooted ground and goes slightly downhill. From time to time you can see Brocken mountain and the Wurmberg mountain. After you have crossed the village of Schierke, hike slightly uphill again in the direction of Helenenruh. After you have reached the Helenenruh, it goes over the "old bobsleigh run" into the valley to Elend.

Tour waypoints

Parking spot Ortsmitte - Elend

Waldbad Elend

Tourist information office Elend

Kleine Holzkirche Elend

20 Barenberg

Observation point & stamping point "Barenberg" (Harzer Wandernadel)

Observation point & stamping point "Schnarcherklippen" (HWN 14)

14 Schnarcherklippen

Stammhaus Schierker Feuerstein "Alte Apotheke"

Töpferei "Alte Schmiede"

Observation point & stamping point "Helenenruh" (Harzer Wandernadel)

21 Helenenruh

Ruine Elendsburg



  • Street (5%)
  • Crushed Rock (6%)
  • Hiking Trail (42%)
  • Asphalt Coating (23%)
  • Path (24%)


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