Technical difficulty   Moderate

Time  4 hours 3 minutes

Coordinates 769

Uploaded September 8, 2015

Recorded September 2015

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near Irrel, Rheinland-Pfalz (Deutschland)

The Devil’s Canyon (Teufelsschlucht) is a great hiking destination because of its narrow canyons, deep cracks, precipitous walls and bizarre rock formations.

This trail is equivalent to tour 24 of the Rother Eifel Wanderführer (3rd edition, 2000). Much has changed since it was published. Perhaps more recent editions have done away with some puzzles. In the digital age, ‘left at the telephone booth’ is no longer a good description. Even the trail itself has seen its best. The roof of the shelter at waypoint 10 rests on the ground, and forks and crossing are not always marked.

Notwithstanding, this is a hugely recommended trip, which is perhaps a little more demanding than the standard visit to the Teufelsschlucht that begins at the new Tourist and Information center. But then you may savor the quiet, move away from the hustle and bustle, and get an expanded view into this unique rock landscape. If you can afford it, try the trail on any other day than on a summer weekend,

The Devil’s Canyon proper is between waypoints 14 and 16.

The Canyon is not at the level of the river Prüm, but considerably higher up. That is why you should calculate about 370 meters each in cumulative ascent and descent.

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When leaving the parking, it is worthwhile to make a short excursion to the bridge across the Prüm and to follow the somewhat indistinct path for a while. Eventually, the path is blocked and you will have to use a concrete path higher up. This path is still nice to walk; it follows the Prüm upstream until Prümzurlay.

Later on, the trail follows a formerly-well-maintained path below impressive rock formations. Nowadays, the path is in bad repair, and not always easy to find. Steps are often slippery, have moved off, or are covered in soil and leaves. Take sturdy boots.
Worthwhile is a short sidetrip to the viewpoint 15, the only place from which to see Irrel on this hike.

The path through the Devil’s Canyon proper is well secured and safe, but may require some acrobatics and can be very narrow.

The bridge across the Prüm is a highlight in itself.

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    Tawnee Jul 20, 2016

    I am new to the whole hiking thing and this was definetely a great one to start with. A friend and I did this a couple of weeks ago and it was beautiful. Lots of stairs and hills both up and down but surprisingly not too difficulty for a beginner and totally worth it. It was hard to figure out where to park but we ended up going to the Naturparkzentrum Teufelsschlucht, which, turns out, is where you are suppose to start. Once you park there will be a train entrance. Just follow that and then it will take you to the welcome center where you can purchase a map for 10 cents. They have other trail options if you want to do a smaller hike but the 5.8km that we did was great. Happy hiking!

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