29th March: Drie Annen Hohne - Trudenstein - Glasshüttenweg - Schierke Bhf.
Start: Schierke Bhf. 540m, Finish:Schierke Bhf. 685m
Highest point was circa 820m on Glasshüttenweg
Distance circa 8 kms
Vertical altitude gain of circa 350 m
Total time from start to finish of 2 hrs 30 mins
Cold, cloudy and with deep snow on ground.
All on snowshoes

With the four previous days hikes spent mainly on snowshoes I did wake on the last day of my trip somewhat stiff and with quite a few aches. Certainly a need to continue to try and improve fitness levels before attempting decent length snowshoe hikes in the future! But with a colder start to the day, and with deep snow still lying from around Drie Annen Hohne upwards I decided to catch the 09.10 HSB train up to that station, (one before Schierke) and then snowshoe up through the forests to Schierke.

From there I could enjoy the other reason for this trip: the magnificent "Brockenloks", that I had first seen back in 1977 when the whole area was in East Germany and behind the Iron Curtain. In those days the line up to Brocken was reserved exclusively for the Russian troop who manned a listening station on Brocken summit, so trips were limited to other parts of the large metre gauge system.
Brockenlok cab at Wernigerode
29th March hike continued

29th March: Drie Annen Hohne - Trudenstein - Glasshüttenweg - Schierke Bhf. continued
Trudenstein Leaving the train at Drie Annen Hohne I was soon on snow shoes, albeit on a fairly well trampled path: but at least I didn't have to worry about slipping over! After a gentle climb though forests I reached the main landmark of the day, the "Trudenstein", one of many such rocky outcrops in the Harz.
29th March hike continued

29th March: Drie Annen Hohne - Trudenstein - Glasshüttenweg - Schierke Bhf. continued
Track from Spinne Snowshoe trail on track from Spinne
Above the Trudenstein I reached the Spinne and took the track with the deepest and softest snow. Hard work today as I had lost one of my Leki hiking stick snow baskets the previous day. The track took me around the North side of the Erdbeerkopf on the Glashüttenweg, (left). An attempt to get to the Erdbeerkopf summit through the deep and soft snow now covered in debris from the pine trees, was abandoned as the lack of the snow basket meant I was struggling to keep balance and get the usual level of thrust from my Lekis. So I continued on the main track, (right), around to above Ahrensklint and then down to Schierke Bhf..
29th March hike continued

29th March: Drie Annen Hohne - Trudenstein - Glasshüttenweg - Schierke Bhf. continued
HSB trains cross at Steinerne Renne I was nicely in time at Schierke to catch a train up to the Brocken. In time honoured tradition I stood outside on a front coach balcony listening to the lovely noise of the big steam loco storming the grades. And then approaching the summit station I walked through the train to the Cafe car, and as the train started back downhill I was enjoying a bowl of soup, a bockwurst, and as my efforts for the trip were over, a couple of local biers!
Photo: The last train of the day to the Brocken crosses my descending train at Steinerne Renne
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Key to Route Descriptions
Throughout this web site I have tried to adopt a consistent approach to the way I show the summarised hike details in the blue text table shown at the start of each hike. Below is an explanation of how the various parts of that text table are arrived at.

Start and Finish
The main locations, usually a village or nearest village, from where the hike is started and ended. The altitude of the start and finish taken by comparing my exact starting point with the appropriate contour line or printed height from the relevant Topographische Kart 1:25000, Bayersisches Landesvermessungsamt München map.

Round distance in kms
The total distance actually hiked. Includes any "excursions" off the main route. The kms shown are a very broad estimate only. I have yet to find a way of getting anything like an accurate distance for my hikes even using the 1:25000 maps. Frequent zig zags and height gains and undulations are the main problems to deal with!

Vertical altitude gain
Not the height difference between the starting point and the highest point reached. It is an estimate of the total metres I have ascended during the hike. It will include all significant undulations and all "excursions" off the main route. Using the detailed 1:25000 maps as above, it is possible with a little care and effort to get quite close to an accurate figure.

Total time from start to finish
Time from my gasthof back to my gasthof after the hike if no public transport is involved. Or from leaving a bus stop or railway station and back to a bus stop or railway station at the end of the hike. Includes all breaks. My ascent rate is slow, never more than about 300 metres per hour, so most other people would complete the hikes quicker. I often complete a hike with no stop lasting longer than a few minutes, but picnic stops and visits to huttes taking longer than that will be mentioned in the text.

A broad description of the weather conditions during that hike. Any temperatures usually taken from the nearest weather recording site that I can find, (done on my return to England), or from local TV reports.
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