Ascent of Brocken on 2012-05-06
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
Only Party on Mountain
|Date:||Sunday, May 6, 2012|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
| Elevation:||1140 m / 3743 ft|
Ascent Trip ReportOn a drive from Spa-Francorchamps to Berlin, I decided to tag off 3 German highpoints today, this being the last of the three.
I parked at the Schierke Bahnhof station and then followed the trail (gravel road) that parallels the train, slowly rising, for about 4.5km. A fairly rocky/blocky trail then heads steeply to the right for about 1km to meet the paved road and the final 1km to the summit area. There are a multitude of paths and routes to the top and all branches are very well marked. I was happy that everything was easy to follow as I started out at 8PM and got back to the car by 10:05PM (the trail is considerably more challenging in darkness, but still not a "problem" to follow. Unfortunately, it was whited-out and misting for most of my hike, making the rocks and wooden walkways quite slick.
In looking at the map at this trailhead, it seems that a shorter route starts from the end of the Schierke village, likely saving a few kilometres round-trip (most of it being the railway grade road...).
|Summary Total Data|
| Elevation Gain:||400 m / 1312 ft|
| Distance:||13 km / 8.1 mi|
| Trailhead:||Schierke Bahnhof 740 m / 2431 ft|
| Quality:||2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Road Hike, Maintained Trail|
| Weather:||Drizzle, Cold, Breezy, White-out|
| Time Up:||1 Hours 14 Minutes|
| Time Down:||40 Minutes|
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