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479 Churfirsten Panoramabike

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This challenging and in some places exposed panoramic tour makes a lot of demands on the cyclist and his/her mountain bike. It is completely under the spell of the Churfirsten and Lake Walen and is only recommended for experienced cyclists.
difficult
Distance 25.4 km
6:30 h
1,300 m
1,300 m
1,540 m
418 m
From Walenstadt the route initially takes you on the mountain road to Walenstadtberg. At Schrina-Hochrugg a detour to the temple-like «Paxmal» monument is well worth it - Karl Bickel's lifework rests on the basic concept of peace. On unmade roads directly below the Churfirsten the tour continues to Alp Schwaldis and Alp Säls.

The route poses no difficulties as far as Säls; from this point, however, only experienced cyclists should continue. The steep ascent with breathtaking views of the nearby rock faces and the lake is followed by a flat section, before the first ravine is crossed on a rough and stony path. After some 10 minutes of pushing/carrying the bike, you will reach the highest point.

The subsequent trail to Laubegg is narrow, exposed in places and technically demanding. However, the panorama is unforgettable. The further descent includes an initial passage of «bike-pushing», but then becomes more flowing with the exception of a blocked passage shortly before Betlis. A detour to the Seerenbach Falls is worthwhile. From Betlis, follow the lakeside road to Weesen.
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Author
Cordula Seiler
Update: July 07, 2016
Difficulty
difficult
Technique
Stamina
Highest point
1,540 m
Lowest point
418 m
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Track types

Dirt road 6.78%Nature trail 1.33%Path 1.85%Road 10.77%Unknown 79.25%
Dirt road
1.7 km
Nature trail
0.3 km
Path
0.5 km
Road
2.7 km
Unknown
20.1 km
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Start

Walenstadt (428 m)
Coordinates:
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2'742'166E 1'220'479N
DD
47.120032, 9.312218
DMS
47°07'12.1"N 9°18'44.0"E
UTM
32T 523683 5218550
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Destination

Weesen

Turn-by-turn directions

Season
 
For reasons of safety and wildlife protection, the section between Alp Sälis and Alp Laubegg is only open to cyclists from the beginning of May to the end of November, from 9 am to 3 pm.
Hint
 
The section between Alp Sälis and Betlis is used by both hikers and mountain bikers at the same time. Therefore please note: Cycle considerately and give way to hikers.
Consideration
 
One-way traffic Betlis – Fly: The stretch has limited access and is traversable solely during the following times 00.15–00.20 / 00.45–00.50 every hour.
Hint
 
In order to prevent erosion, only cycle on existing paths and don't cycle with your brakes locked. In difficult places please push your bike.

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Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'742'166E 1'220'479N
DD
47.120032, 9.312218
DMS
47°07'12.1"N 9°18'44.0"E
UTM
32T 523683 5218550
w3w 
///retina.flagpole.passports
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Stefan Sommerfeld
July 07, 2016 · Community
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Roland Rick
October 07, 2014 · Community
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When did you do this route? October 02, 2011
Roland Rick
October 07, 2014 · Community
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When did you do this route? October 02, 2011
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Difficulty
difficult
Distance
25.4 km
Duration
6:30 h
Ascent
1,300 m
Descent
1,300 m
Highest point
1,540 m
Lowest point
418 m

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