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Mountain Bike

Grimsel Bike

Mountain Bike · Valais
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  • Two bikers an a hiker on the Grimsel Bike trail
    / Two bikers an a hiker on the Grimsel Bike trail
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  • / Biker on the Grimsel Bike trail
    Photo: perretfoto.ch
  • / Two bikers on the Grimsel Bike trail
    Photo: perretfoto.ch
  • / Totesee auf dem Grimselpass.
    Photo: Jochen Ihle, CC BY, Tourenplaner SCHWEIZ
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    Photo: Hotel Grimsel Passhöhe
  • / Obergesteln, Friedhofskapelle: Fresken
    Photo: Thomas Andermatten, Brig, Pilgerwege Schweiz
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Great attraction of this route is undoubtedly the scenery, with glorious panoramic views. Starting at the Grimsel Pass by the shimmering Totensee lake, the trail soon reaches its highest point at 2,206 metres before beginning the long descent into the Rhône valley.

moderate
10.4 km
0:47 h
44 m
854 m

The route starts at the Grimsel Pass and finishes at Obergesteln after a ride of 11 km and a vertical drop of 800 metres: perfect for mountain bikers who prefer descents to climbs. For the first section of the itinerary, as far as Unnerbrunnji, you follow in the footsteps of the mule drivers who for centuries transported goods between northern and southern Europe via the Grimsel: you are riding on trails steeped in history. The descent continues through a larch forest until Obergesteln.

Author’s recommendation

Visit the historic alpine hotel Grimsel Hospiz

Difficulty
S1 moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
Twärenegg, 2206 m
Lowest point
Obergesteln, 1352 m
Best time of year
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Safety information

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. All riding is at one’s own risk.

Equipment

We recommend: bike in excellent working order, helmet, gloves and bell, clothing suitable for the weather (always carry a waterproof), food and drink.

Tips, hints and links

More information about the destination: 

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Start

Grimselpass (2163 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
46.561752, 8.338066
UTM
32T 449266 5156677

Destination

Obergesteln

Turn-by-turn directions

Before starting your ride, you have to travel up to the starting point: the Grimsel Pass, one of the iconic alpine crossings at more than 2,000 metres above sea level. This is the heart of a wild region of spectacular natural beauty, ideal for mounting biking. If you’re not too keen on pedalling uphill, the Grimsel Bike route is for you.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Bus from Oberwald to the Grimsel Pass

Getting there

From Brig, follow Route 19 "Furkastrasse" to Gletsch. In Gletsch, turn left on Gletsch/Route 6 (signs for Grimsel). From Innertkirchen, follow Grimselstrasse/Route 6 (signs for Gletsch/Grimsel) for 26 km.

Parking

In Oberwald and at the Grimsel Pas

Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

The tourist office in Münster has got brochures and information material about hiking in the region.

Author’s map recommendations

SwissTopo Maps 1:25'000: 1250 Ulrichen

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Difficulty
S1 moderate
Distance
10.4 km
Duration
0:47h
Ascent
44 m
Descent
854 m
Scenic Refreshment stops available Cultural/historical value Family friendly

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