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Furi-Schwarzsee Bike Tour (Nr. 21)

Mountain Bike · Zermatt
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  • Destination Schwarzsee with the Matterhorn in the back
    / Destination Schwarzsee with the Matterhorn in the back
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Remo Thommen
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On this route, the Matterhorn is incredibly close. You can always see the north face of the Matterhorn as the trail heads up to Schwarzsee.
difficult
Distance 9.1 km
3:10 h
759 m
39 m

After Furi, the route climbs slightly through the forest, past the Zmutt reservoir to Stafelalp. It’s a really good opportunity to take in the imposing power of the north face of the Matterhorn.

After Stafelalp, the gravel path heads even closer to the Matterhorn and is both steep and flat in places. It continues like this until you reach Schwarzsee.

  • This route can also be ridden on an E-Bike.

Author’s recommendation

Additional information and recommendations are available from the guest information centre on Bahnhofplatz (by the railway station).
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Author
Zermatt Tourismus
Update: November 05, 2020
Difficulty
S0 difficult
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
Schwarzsee, 2,583 m
Lowest point
Furi, 1,867 m
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Rest Stop

Farmerhaus
Furri
Gitz-Gädi
Schwarzsee
Simi
Stafelalp 2200m

Safety information

  • Always wear gloves and a helmet.
  • Use marked bike trails and routes only, and observe all signposting. Please close gates after passing through.
  • Please be considerate to walkers and to plants and animals. As a rule, walkers have priority.
  • When planning, take into account participants’ fitness level and ability: some routes lead above 3,000 metres.
  • All riding is at one’s own risk.

Tip: “Be searchable”. Equip yourself with an additional RECCO rescue reflector*. Whether summer or winter. Available in our Online-Shop or our information desk. *The additional reflector does not replace an avalanche beacon.

Tips and hints

Guidelines for Mountain Bike Riders

Start

Furi (1,867 m) (1,864 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'622'706E 1'094'447N
DD
46.001199, 7.731734
DMS
46°00'04.3"N 7°43'54.2"E
UTM
32T 401797 5094962
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Destination

Schwarzsee (2,583 m)

Turn-by-turn directions

Furi - Stafel - Schwarzsee

Variant in reverse direction: Schwarzsee - Stafel - Furi

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

By train to the Matterhorn village: 3½ hours from Zürich airport or 4 hours from Geneva airport. Change at Visp onto the Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn (Matterhorn Gotthard Railway). From Visp, the railway leads through the Mattertal valley past idyllic small villages to Zermatt.

Zermatt is also the start and finish point for the world-famous Glacier Express panoramic train journey (Zermatt to St. Moritz or Davos).

Getting there

Zermatt is car-free. Private vehicles are permitted only as far as Täsch (5 km before Zermatt). The Täsch–Zermatt road is closed to the public.

Onward travel to Zermatt is either by private taxi or shuttle train. Trains depart every 20 minutes; the journey takes about 12 minutes, and ends at the Bahnhofplatz in Zermatt.

Parking

Täsch has car parks with both covered and open-air parking – e.g. at the Matterhorn Terminal or privately operated facilities.

Onward travel: see “Getting there”.

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'622'706E 1'094'447N
DD
46.001199, 7.731734
DMS
46°00'04.3"N 7°43'54.2"E
UTM
32T 401797 5094962
w3w 
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

We recommend:

  • Bike in excellent working order
  • Helmet, gloves and (trail) bell
  • Repair kit in case of any defects
  • Clothing suitable for the weather (always carry a waterproof)
  • Food and drink

Basic Equipment for Mountain Biking

  • Cycling helmet
  • Cycling gloves
  • Sturdy, comfortable and preferably waterproof footwear
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket)
  • Sunglasses
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass

Technical Equipment for Mountain Biking

  • Air pump or CO2 pump including cartridges
  • Puncture repair kit
  • Replacement inner tube
  • Tire levers
  • Chain tool
  • Hex keys
  • Phone / device holder as required  
  • Bike lock as required
  • Where applicable, the bike must meet requirements for road use by having a bell, front and rear lamps and spoke reflectors
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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Difficulty
S0 difficult
Distance
9.1 km
Duration
3:10 h
Ascent
759 m
Descent
39 m
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