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Mountain Bike

Tour of the Mattmark dam from Saas-Almagell

Mountain Bike · Valais
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  • Mattmark Saastal
    / Mattmark Saastal
    Photo: Christian Pfammatter, Valais/Wallis Promotion
  • / Mattmark Saastal
    Photo: Christian Pfammatter, Valais/Wallis Promotion
  • / The Mattmark dam
    Photo: Valais/Wallis Promotion
  • / Mattmark Saastal
    Photo: Saastal Tourismus
  • / Mattmark Saastal
    Photo: Christian Pfammatter, Valais/Wallis Promotion
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Starting in Saas-Almagell, this circular ride leads up to the Mattmark dam and around the dam through magnificent alpine scenery before returning to the starting point.

moderate
21.4 km
2:13 h
588 m
589 m

The mountain bike route begins in the village square of Saas-Almagell. Ride between the Monte-Moro house and the Volg shop and follow the lane as far as the textile shop. At Zer Meiggeru, near the retention basin, take the tarmac road towards Eiju-Sand and then follow the track that climbs gently to the left. Cross the bridge and then turn left onto the earth track before crossing the field at the foot of the dam to reach the Mattmark restaurant. From here, you first pass through a pedestrian tunnel before riding along the western shore of the reservoir as far as Dischtelalp. You then ride back along the eastern shore of the lake via a narrower track to the dam. From here, begin your descent to Saas-Almagell by riding straight ahead first of all, and then following a zig-zag trail through a boulder-strewn slope down to the foot of the dam. The rest of the ride back to the starting point follows the outward leg.

Author’s recommendation

Take your time. Enjoy the tranquil setting to the full along with the magnificent flora along the trail.

Difficulty
S0 moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
Mattmark dam (near Schwarzbergalp), 2257 m
Lowest point
Village of Saas-Almagell, 1670 m
Best time of year
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Rest Stop

Mattmark Restaurant

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. It is strictly forbidden to swim in the dam. There is no cell phone connection on the main part of the trail.

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: Saasfee - Saastal

Start

Village of Saas-Almagell (1672 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
46.094111, 7.957832
UTM
32T 419439 5105031

Destination

Village of Saas-Almagell

Turn-by-turn directions

Saas-Almagell – Zer Meiggeru – Eijusand - Staudamm Mattmark - Dischtelalp – Staudamm Mattmark – Eijusand – Zer Meiggeru – Saas-Almagell

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Take the SBB train to Visp and then the bus towards Saas-Fee. Alight at Saas-Grund and take another bus towards Saas-Almagell/Mattmark. The trail starts at the bus stop Saas-Almagell, Dorfplatz

Getting there

Take the cantonal road to Visp. At the roundabout by the Landbrücke bridge, turn south on the road for Saas-Fee and Zermatt.

If driving from Raron, take the second exit at the first roundabout before Visp and drive through the Visp tunnel (Vispertaltunnel), heading south.

Both of the above routes lead you south up the Saas valley. At the “Killerhof” roundabout (after Stalden), take the second exit towards Saas-Fee and follow the road towards Saas-Fee. At the junction in Saas-Grund (after the church), turn left in the direction of Saas-Almagell. Follow the road until Saas-Almagell.

Parking

Public car park on the right side of the road after the tourist office.
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

The tourist office in Saas Almagell has brochures and other information on mountain biking in the region.

Author’s map recommendations

SwissTopo Maps 1:25'000: 

  • 1329 Saas
  • 1349 Monte Moro


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Difficulty
S0 moderate
Distance
21.4 km
Duration
2:13h
Ascent
588 m
Descent
589 m
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