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High-alpine single trail adventures – Davos in Switzerland

Stefan Asal

High-alpine single trail adventures – Davos in Switzerland

Mountain Biking Collection by Diana Grodnick

7

Tours

28:40 h

181 mi

31,925 ft

With its huge trail network and impressive mountain scenery, the small, glitzy town of Davos in the Swiss canton of Graubünden is a true paradise for every single trail fan.

In this Collection, I show you my seven favourite Tours in Davos. They all include a high proportion of single trails and are technically and physically demanding. Although you can make use of the cable cars and lifts, you still gain a lot of altitude riding uphill. On some Tours, it’s also better to hike-a-bike or push your bike at times.

If you think you need to save up a fortune to be able to afford several nights in Davos, think again! On the contrary, there are many affordable accommodation options such as the youth hostel in Davos-Dorf, the ‘von SPRECHER HAUS’ on Lake Davos and the ‘RinerLodge’ campsite in Davos-Glaris. If, like me, you prefer to travel by campervan, you should book your pitch in advance as there is only one campground in Davos. Of course, you can also pitch your tent here or book one of the simple rooms in the lodge if camping is not your thing.

The cable cars are open from June to October, but sometimes the lifts are also open on weekends in May. At the bike hotels, a mountain railway ticket is included in the overnight price. If you stay at the campsite, you get a Davos mountain railway day ticket that includes your bike for an extra 15 Swiss Francs.

Both hikers and bikers are impressively tolerant of each other on the trails and they have shared fun in the Davos mountains. Out of consideration, you should only ride particularly popular trails, such as the trail from Äbirügg to Sertig or the Panorama Trail, in the early morning or late afternoon.

Davos is only a few hours' drive from the major cities of Zurich, Innsbruck, Milan, Stuttgart and Munich. Thanks to the excellent Swiss railway network, you can also reach the popular mountain biking area easily by train.

Whether you like summit ridges, alpine meadows, forest trails, uphill trails or hike-a-bike, there is something for everyone in Davos. The best thing is to see for yourself and explore the diverse Davos single trails on your next mountain bike trip.

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Tours & Highlights

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    Chörbschhorn – Hochalpine Singletrail-Abenteuer in Davos

    Difficult
    02:45
    20.2 mi
    7.4 mph
    5,150 ft
    5,150 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    You start the tour at the campsite in Davos-Glaris and roll to the valley station of the Parsennbahn in Davos-Dorf. There is a fine bakery diagonally across from the railway, where you can quickly get yourself a delicious snack for the tour.

    

    Then the Parsennbahn takes you up to the Weissfluhjoch. Your

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  • Difficult
    06:11
    39.0 mi
    6.3 mph
    8,550 ft
    8,550 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    The Pischa tour is my personal favorite tour in Davos. It simply has it all - a mega panorama, challenging uphills and demanding single trail descents.

    

    You start at the campsite in Davos-Glaris. Pedal into the Flüela valley on forest roads and easy trails. This is followed by a long, gently rising trail

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  • Difficult
    05:59
    34.6 mi
    5.8 mph
    6,125 ft
    7,450 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    This tour takes you to the fantastically located Keschhütte at an altitude of 2,625 meters. In addition to being in good physical shape, you also need good footwear to master the long ascent with all its sliding sections.

    

    It starts at the campsite in Davos-Glaris. You cycle through the beautiful Dischma

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  • Difficult
    04:26
    23.0 mi
    5.2 mph
    3,325 ft
    6,650 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    Since the path from the Rinerhorn to the Sertig mountain valley is also very popular with hikers, you should start the tour very early. The best thing to do is to take one of the first gondolas in Davos-Glaris up to the Rinerhorn.

    

    Once at the top, you cycle to the Äbirügg barbecue area. The single trail

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  • Difficult
    03:29
    24.3 mi
    7.0 mph
    2,150 ft
    7,025 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    The Alps Epic Trail is the most famous trail in this collection. Thanks to an award from the International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA), it is known far beyond the Swiss borders.

    

    The almost 40-kilometer high-altitude trail is without a doubt a highlight in Davos. Although you destroy more than 2,000

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  • Difficult
    03:57
    24.0 mi
    6.1 mph
    5,825 ft
    4,450 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    The Rhaetian Railway takes you and your bike to the start of the tour in Filisur. Today it goes through a lonely Grisons side valley up to Ducanfurgga.

    

    You crank on a small road through the hamlet of Stugl and further up to the alp of the same name. Then follows a fantastic single trail through untouched

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  • Difficult
    01:54
    15.9 mi
    8.4 mph
    775 ft
    4,350 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    This dream tour is also popular with hikers, which is why you should start very early.

    

    With a single trail share of over 95 percent, this tour promises sheer driving pleasure. You start at the Weissfluhjoch. Even the first descent over the so-called rock path to the Strelapass is a unique experience

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    7
  • Distance
    181 mi
  • Duration
    28:40 h
  • Elevation
    31,925 ft

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