The Schneekopf near Gehlberg in the Thuringian county of Ilm-Kreis is 978 m above sea level and thus the second highest peak in the Thuringian Forest after its western neighbour, the Großer Beerberg . The Adler Saddle between them is only about 59.4 metres lower than the two summits. To the east some distance away is its subpeak, the Sachsenstein , to the south are the Teufelskreise and Fichtenkopf . The Goldlauterberg further south marks the transition to the mountain of Großer Finsterberg .
The mountain is of volcanic origin and consists of porphyry. It is known for the Schneekopf balls , balls of porphyry that occur here that form agate in the interior of crystals. They were formed during a volcanic eruption in the Permian. On the northern slopes of the mountain rises the Wilde Gera stream.
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