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Häxu trail (witches’ trail)

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The Häxutrail takes you from Belalp to Blatten via forests and varied trails. The route has been extensively reworked for mountain biking.
open
moderate
Distance 6.2 km
0:20 h
0 m
767 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.

Author’s recommendation

Starting from Belalp, a number of restaurants offer the chance to take a reinvigorating break before you tackle the descent.
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Update: August 31, 2021
Difficulty
S2 moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
2,098 m
Lowest point
1,331 m
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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.

Tips and hints

View this tour on SwitzerlandMobility:

N°158 Häxutrail Bike

Start

Mountain station of the cable car (2100m) or the gondolas (2050m) on Belalp (2,098 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'641'217E 1'135'738N
DD
46.371755, 7.974299
DMS
46°22'18.3"N 7°58'27.5"E
UTM
32T 421111 5135864
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Destination

Cable car/gondola station in Blatten bei Naters (1331m)

Turn-by-turn directions

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.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

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.

Getting there

Take the A9 motorway to Brig, then follow the signs to Naters and continue towards Blatten bei Naters.

Parking

Paid parking is available as you arrive in the village of Chienzli-Chrommu, or in the multi-storey car park in Blatten.

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'641'217E 1'135'738N
DD
46.371755, 7.974299
DMS
46°22'18.3"N 7°58'27.5"E
UTM
32T 421111 5135864
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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

Equipment

We recommend bike in excellent working order, helmet, gloves and bell, clothing suitable for the

weather (always carry a waterproof), food and drink.

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Status
open
Difficulty
S2 moderate
Distance
6.2 km
Duration
0:20 h
Descent
767 m
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