The Häxutrail takes you from Belalp to Blatten via forests and varied trails. The route has been extensively reworked for mountain biking.
Distance 6.2 km
Highest point2,098 m
Lowest point1,331 m
The trail begins with a ride down a forest track to approximately 1950m above sea level (ASL) where the real trail begins. It drops over the ‘Bättulhirmi’ into the forest high above Blatten. The first section consists of lots of bends in clearings with small jumps in the straights – you can easily cycle around all the jumps. The trail passes old hamlets and green meadows before reaching the lower section of the trail. The purpose built mountain biking trail winds it’s way through the open forest – a true flow trail. The trail continues on a cleared track back to the road some 250m from the cable car station.
Starting from Belalp, a number of restaurants offer the chance to take a reinvigorating break before you tackle the descent.
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.
Mountain station of the cable car (2100m) or the gondolas (2050m) on Belalp (2,098 m)
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Cable car/gondola station in Blatten bei Naters (1331m)
Follow the signs that lead to the cable car via Forststrasse, then continue towards Kelchbach before winding your way across the alpine pastures to Bäll. You then cycle along a forest path and turn right, continuing through some vast meadows until you pass an enormous fir tree and turn left. The path continues to a clearing above Täätschen. From the car park in the hamlet, follow the signs leading to the cable car middle station. Cross the road at Unter Erich and follow the path towards Steigadu to rejoin the forest trail. Please cycle carefully, as the first 200 metres of this route section are used by both hikers and mountain bikers. Where the path branches off, you’ll reach a one-kilometre flowtrail that passes through the forest. After crossing Rischinenstrasse, the path follows a clearing until it reaches the road, 250 metres above the cable car valley station.
all notes on protected areas
Take one of the regular rail connections to Brig from anywhere in Switzerland, then a PostBus to Blatten bei Naters cable car station, and finally a cable car to Belalp.
Take the A9 motorway to Brig, then follow the signs to Naters and continue towards Blatten bei Naters.
Paid parking is available as you arrive in the village of Chienzli-Chrommu, or in the multi-storey car park in Blatten.
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike
Book recommendation by the author
The tourist office in Blatten has got brochures and information material about mountain biking in the region.
Author’s map recommendations
SwissTopo Maps 1:25'000: 2516 Aletschgebiet Unesco Weltnaturerbe
We recommend bike in excellent working order, helmet, gloves and bell, clothing suitable for the
weather (always carry a waterproof), food and drink.
Basic Equipment for Mountain Biking
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)
Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
Navigation equipment / map and compass
Technical Equipment for Mountain Biking
Air pump or CO2 pump including cartridges
Puncture repair kit
Replacement inner tube
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.