Sauerland-Höhenflug winter hike: over the Nordhelle and through wild moors

Sauerland-Seen / Outdooractive Touren / Sauerland-Höhenflug winter hike: over the Nordhelle and through wild moors

Winter hiking around the Nordhelle - that means fascinating and rare moors, quiet forests and magnificent views from the Nordhelle and the Robert-Kolb-Turm.

Pfad im Schnee

Weg hinauf zur Nordhelle

Tour starting point:

Parking lot "P5" below the Nordhelle on the L 707

Tour destination point:

Parking lot "P5" below the Nordhelle on the L 707


  • promising
  • Fauna
  • Round trip
  • Refreshment stop
  • Flora

Additional Information

Service and booking hotline of the Sauerland-Höhenflug: 02974 / 202199




4.8 km


1:40 Std.

Elevation ascent

111 m

Elevation descent

111 m

Altitude (Minimum)

557 m

Altitude (Maximum)

660 m





Recommended seasons




This winter hike begins at the "P5/Nordhelle" parking lot near the L 707. Numerous boards in a large sign hut provide information about hiking trails, the surrounding villages and winter sports around Nordhelle. From the parking lot, follow the road back a little towards the L 707 and then turn left onto hiking trail A2. This so-called "Alter Valberter Skiweg" leads through forests downhill towards Valbert. The A2 automatically joins the Sauerland-Höhenflug. Both hiking trails lead parallel back up to Nordhelle.Along the way, hikers experience fascinating and untouched nature as they cross the narrow wooden footbridge through the "Wilde Wiese" moorland area. The nature reserve is part of the Ebbemoore, which has been designated an FFH area due to its rarity. Many rare animal and plant species such as peat moss, cranberry, bog lily and the raised bog fritillary butterfly can be found in these hillside and spring moors (listen to the Sauerland-Höhenflug podcast!).The Höhenflug continues steadily uphill through the wild and romantic nature reserve. Below Nordhelle, the trail comes across a 250-year-old branded tree. The gnarled copper beech served as a border tree, marking the boundary of the Herscheid Mark. Here you now have the option of walking back to the parking lot via the A2 or following the Sauerland-Höhenflug further up to Nordhelle. At 663 m above sea level, it is the highest mountain in the Ebbegebirge. Next to a hiking restaurant is the Robert-Kolb-Turm on the summit, which was erected in 1913 and named after the then head hiking warden of the Sauerland Mountain Association. From here, you have a wonderful view over the Märkischer Kreis. The 130-metre-high WDR broadcasting tower is also located on the Nordhelle. After a well-earned break, you can easily hike back to the parking lot via the paved access road.The path is not cleared or rolled in winter. However, due to the high frequency of use, it is usually easy to walk in low to medium snow conditions.

Getting there

Nordhelle: From Meinerzhagen via the L 539 in the direction of Attendorn. Shortly before Valbert, turn right onto the L 707 towards Herscheid.


On the Nordhelle: At the P5 hiking parking lot below the Nordhelle. GoogleMaps-Koordinaten: 51.144315,7.746989