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Heida Loop

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  • Mountain biker in the forest
    / Mountain biker in the forest
    Photo: Pascal Gertschen, Valais
  • / Vignoble vers Visperterminen
    Photo: Christian Pfammatter, Valais/Wallis Promotion - Christian Pfammatter
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The Heida circuit tour is a diverse and beautiful all-mountain route on which bikers can enjoy flowing single-trail descents.

This route passes through an inaccessible area and is therefore closed. Current information

closed
moderate
Distance 18.5 km
2:33 h
726 m
726 m
It’s just a few minutes by cable car from Stalden to Staldenried, where the circuit tour begins with a climb to the hamlet of Riedji, covering around 500 altitude metres.  It’s worth taking a short break at this point to enjoy the view of the Augstbord region and the Bernese Alps, including the imposing Bietschhorn. Next, a wonderful single trail leads through the forest to Unnerbrunnu and on to Visperterminen. The village of Heida is home to Europe’s highest vineyard and offers a range of cultural experiences, as well as an impressive barn in the old village centre. The tour continues with a short descent to Niederhäusern. Bikers can then enjoy a simple, idyllic trail featuring a level section and a short, sharp climb followed by a descent to Staldenried. A flowing trail takes you from Staldenried to Neubrück. The final stretch of the route to Visp can be covered on the Zermatt–Visp connecting trail (No. 150).

Author’s recommendation

The “Kinderwelt” children’s paradise in Visperterminen features lovingly designed, unconventional playgrounds inside five traditional Valais barns.
Difficulty
S2 moderate
Technique
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Highest point
Riedji, 1,582 m
Lowest point
Rohre, 1,007 m
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Safety information

Use marked bike trails and routes only, making sure you observe all signposting. Kindly close gates after passing through. Please be considerate to walkers, as well as 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

More information:

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Start

Staldenried (1,176 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'634'484E 1'119'849N
DD
46.229207, 7.885628
DMS
46°13'45.1"N 7°53'08.3"E
UTM
32T 414068 5120118
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Destination

Staldenried / Neubrück

Turn-by-turn directions

The route is signposted in one direction only: Staldenried -> Visperterminen -> Staldenried -> Neubrück

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Take the train to Visp. Regular rail connections to Stalden with the MGB railway. Continue by LSSG cable car to Staldenried/Gspon.

Getting there

Ideally go to Stalden.

Parking

There are a range of parking options available in Stalden: https://www.stalden.ch/sites/verkehr-umwelt/parkmoeglichkeiten

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'634'484E 1'119'849N
DD
46.229207, 7.885628
DMS
46°13'45.1"N 7°53'08.3"E
UTM
32T 414068 5120118
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

The tourist office in Staldenried-Gspon has a range of brochures and other informative material about mountain biking in the region.

Author’s map recommendations

SwissTopo Maps 1:25'000: 1308 St. Niklaus

Equipment

We recommend: a bike in excellent working order, a helmet, gloves and a bell, 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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Rating

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Chiara Zen
April 22, 2019 · Community
Very scenic , nice and not too steep road going up, nice piece in the forest (5 min push) , small village.. :)
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Difficulty
S2 moderate
Distance
18.5 km
Duration
2:33 h
Ascent
726 m
Descent
726 m
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