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Mountains, lakes and gravel paths – gravel biking around Saalbach

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Mountains, lakes and gravel paths – gravel biking around Saalbach

Mountain Biking Collection by Saalbach

8

Tours

48:41 h

403 mi

29,950 ft

The Glemmtal Valley in the Austrian region of Salzburg is a mountain world straight from the pages of a picture book. With its endless possibilities for exploring on two wheels, the region is well-known and loved among cycling circles and has made a name for itself as a mountain biking destination especially. Year after year, the countless trails of all difficulty levels attract bikers from all over the world. However, Saalbach also has great opportunities for other types of cycling. This is especially true for gravel biking – which is why we bring you a mix of our favourite Tours here.

When gravel bikes – an evolved and developed version of established cyclocross bikes – appeared a few years ago, no one knew whether this type of bike would be a passing fad. In the time since, however, it’s become clear that the bikes are here to stay and are a super addition for many cyclists who previously only rode in one discipline. Racing cyclists are happy to no longer be limited to roads alone and mountain bikers enjoy being able to break the 30 kph (18.6 mph) barrier on the flat.

With its large network of bike paths, gravel roads and quiet lanes, the Pinzgau district offers picturesque landscapes that are perfect for your long rides. We present eight beautiful Tours in this Collection. Among them are highlights such as the Glocknerrunde, a Tour over the Filzensattel pass or a detour into neighboring Tyrol.

Apart from biking, Saalbach-Hinterglemm has everything for a perfect summer holiday. You can tuck into regional delicacies at the mountain huts and alpine pastures. On your ‘off day’ you can take the gondola up to spare your calves for your upcoming adventures.

In the bike park, you can find something suitable for every skill level. It’s also possible to rent a bike in Saalbach. Despite the multitude of activities, it’s still possible to find peace and solitude in Saalbach’s mountains and forests.

To travel in an environmentally friendly way, take a look at the savings tickets from ÖBB and DB transport companies. You can, for example, reach the Glemmtal valley from Zell am See train station with bus 680. Some accommodation places even offer an arrival ticket which you can use on the bus from the station for free. Otherwise, you can book a holiday shuttle. In Glemmtal itself, the Joker Card, which is included in stays at most accommodations, allows you to use local buses for free. Accommodation in the region is very broad. As well as varied hotels, you can find cozy guesthouses, apartments and rustic huts so you can experience your time in Saalbach as you like.

If you feel like getting on your MTB between your gravel Tours or hiking up to one of the alpine pastures, take a look at our other Collections: komoot.de/user/saalbach/collections.

Here’s a taste of how your gravel summer in the Glemmtal could look:

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Tours & Highlights

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    Difficult
    07:50
    77.4 mi
    9.9 mph
    3,225 ft
    3,225 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The name of the tour already suggests: Steinberge, more precisely the Leogang Steinberge, are the focus of this tour. In a mix of road, bike path and gravel you will also pass several lakes and through cozy places. Anyroad? Gravel? No matter, the Steinberg Runde is simply a super nice bike tour that is easy to ride on a gravel bike.

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  • Difficult
    07:15
    63.2 mi
    8.7 mph
    4,875 ft
    4,875 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This tour takes you in the direction of the Hochkönig, the impressive mountain range between Salzburg and Bavaria. Then continue in the direction of the Rauriser valley and finally past the beautiful Zeller See. A round like a poem, for which you shouldn't start too late, because you have to master over 100 kilometers, garnished with almost 1,500 meters of …

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  • Difficult
    08:30
    68.6 mi
    8.1 mph
    7,200 ft
    7,200 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Großglockner High Alpine Road is the highest pass road in Austria and the dream of many cyclists. From the north side, the road, which was completed in 1935, leads over 14 hairpin bends up to the Fuscher Törl, from where you can continue on a cul-de-sac up to the Edelweißspitze. At 2,571 meters, the Edelweißspitze is the highest point …

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  • Difficult
    08:08
    64.8 mi
    8.0 mph
    4,800 ft
    4,825 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    Scream for joy! On this tour, you may well get by with one or the other “Juchiza”, because “Extreme Scream” is a superlative gravel circuit. A balanced relationship between solid and loose ground means that you can make good progress on the one hand, but also move your gravel bike on species-appropriate terrain on the other. The tour is named after the “Schreiende Brunnen” waterfall in Hörndlinger Graben near Fieberbrunn, which you will pass at the end of the tour.

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  • Intermediate
    04:28
    37.0 mi
    8.3 mph
    2,700 ft
    2,700 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Suitable for all skill levels.

    "Dusty Ride" is worthwhile for beginners and experienced alike. With almost 60 kilometers in length and 800 meters in altitude to be climbed, the tour is demanding, but not overwhelming. It also offers you a great overview of the region and many cozy places for a break.From Saalbach you follow the promenade mostly on gravel to Maishofen. To Saalfelden …

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  • Intermediate
    04:26
    20.3 mi
    4.6 mph
    2,925 ft
    2,925 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Suitable for all skill levels.

    We have a devilishly good gravel tour on offer here: "Gravel Devil" takes you to the head of the valley near Lengau and is spiced up by another ascent to the Reiterkogel mountain station. Your bike computer will show 32 kilometers and almost 900 meters in altitude at the end. What counts are not the bare numbers, but the impressions along the way and you will collect many beautiful ones on this round.

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  • Difficult
    05:50
    55.6 mi
    9.5 mph
    2,400 ft
    2,425 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Suitable for all skill levels.

    "Gravel the Lakes" pays homage to those places that make the Pinzgau what it is: a region shaped by mountains and water. On this tour you will pass no fewer than three lakes, namely Zeller See and Klammsee and Ritzensee.On the Glemmtal cycle path you roll slightly downhill towards Maishofen. After the warm-up phase, you can pick up speed …

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  • Intermediate
    02:13
    15.8 mi
    7.1 mph
    1,875 ft
    1,875 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This circuit is the little brother of the "Gravel Devil" and ideal for a brisk half-day tour or if you want to try out biking with the Gravel first. Half of the tour leads over beautiful gravel roads, the other half over a mix of paved paths and asphalt. Especially if you do not have that much experience with the …

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    8
  • Distance
    403 mi
  • Duration
    48:41 h
  • Elevation
    29,950 ft

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Mountains, lakes and gravel paths – gravel biking around Saalbach