Erwin Haiden

KAT-Bike - the Trail across the Kitzbühel Alps

Mountain Biking Collection by Kitzbüheler Alpen

You're going to be on the trails for three or four days as you ride over 100 miles (170 kilometers) and conquer over 19,000 feet (6,000 meters) in elevation. Welcome to the Kitzbüheler Alpen Trail, or short: KAT-Bike. During the day, you'll be deep in the mountains. You'll be completely alone with nothing but your joy to keep you company. In the night, though, it's a different story: When the sun sets, you'll be back amongst the comforts of modern day civilization. Saunas, spas, fresh clothes for dinner — this is the only way to end a wonderful day in the saddle.

Depending on your time budget, you can choose to complete this ride in three or four daily stages. Being fairly short and lacking any major climbing, you could even tackle stage one on the day of your arrival. For the three stages from Hopfgarten to Brixen im Thale, from Brixen to Oberndorf in Tyrol and from Oberndorf to Fieberbrunn, you can choose between different track profiles. Depending on your taste, weather and fitness level, you can put together your perfect Tour.

Of course, you can do the KAT-Bike on your own, transport your luggage yourself and find the right accommodation. If you like to travel more comfortably, you can also book a complete package. With selected 3 or 4 star hotels on site, luggage transport from accommodation to accommodation and the guest card with included return journey by train to the starting point in Hopfgarten, you can enjoy full freedom on the trail and cozy comfort in the evening. On the KAT-Bike trail — you have the choice!

On The Map

The Stages Of KAT-Bike

  • Difficult
    02:32
    16.1 mi
    6.3 mph
    2,800 ft
    2,600 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 start of the bonus stage of the KAT Bike is the small town of Mariastein or the town of Wörgl. It is with about 25 kilometers and 700 meters altitude perfect for einradeln. The shortest route of the tour also offers a number of distinctive cultural monuments, old farms and fantastic views of the city of Wörgl and the Inn Valley.
     
    Via the sunny high plateau of Mariastein and Angerberg you descend to the Inn and over the Innsteg to the city of Wörgl, along the Bahnhofstraße to the Wildschönauerstraße, which you follow for a few meters. In front of a marked right-hand bend, turn left and follow the signposting "Möslalm", Route 337. Partly this forest trail will be up to 15 percent steep - but the good snack on the Möslalm makes this effort forgotten again.
     
    A few meters after the convivial hut, it is worthwhile on clear days to leave the signposted route on the right for a short detour. Steep and sweaty, an eroded forest path leads up to the Möslamlkogel. 100 additional meters in altitude, but these are guaranteed to pay off, because from the 1.109 meter high summit you have a wonderful view from the Rofan mountains in the west over the Inn valley and the mountains behind it to the Chiemgau Alps, the entrance to the Brixental, Wörgl and the Kaisergebirge in the northeast.
     
    After Hopfgarten on the MTB route 337 (loop Möslalm - Pfaffenberg) in the direction of Pinnersdorf. First steep, but only uphill for short, before the path in the sparse forest is flatter and on a very good gravel road to the exit on the Riederberg passes. Along the Brixental cycle path and through the so-called cool air you finally reach Hopfgarten. On the way, just before the end of the stage and directly in said cooler air is worth a stop at the larch pond Hopfgarten. Located right on the Brixentaler Ache, not only trout and other regional delicacies invite you to rest.
     
    The Möslalm is open from mid-May to early October. Monday and Tuesday are closed.

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  • Difficult
    05:03
    28.7 mi
    5.7 mph
    5,675 ft
    5,150 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Suitable for all skill levels.

    About 46 kilometers and 1,730 vertical meters are waiting for you on the medium-heavy version of the second stage of the Kitzbüheler Alpen Trail. Traveling on minor side roads up to the sunny plateau of the Penningberg, the first kilometers lead comfortably on asphalt (Route 229). At the end of the valley and in deepest insight, the subsoil then changes to gravel.Far away from the asphalt the humming of the coarse tires stops, it smells like damp forest, you weigh the civilization far behind you. Lonely, sometimes deep in the coniferous forest, sometimes with a wonderful view and foresight on the surrounding pastures and gentle peaks, you crank on towards Haagalm. Shortly before the pasture, a resourceful farmer has planted a particularly cozy sunbathing spot in front of his stable. Trusting in the honesty of hikers and bikers, beer, cyclists and Almdudler wait for you in a cool water in the rustic water trough on you - in return, the small slot on the stable wall is happy about monetary equivalent.In the course of the forest road in an exploratory drive destroyed quickly laboriously developed altitude down to the Kelchsau, directly past the village inn Fuchswirt, before the next, no less solitary climb to Glantererkogel calls again your legs (Route 227, 228)."Schiebestrecke" announces a small sign, when suddenly the forest road uphill surprisingly advanced to the steep path. But not two minutes later you are back on solidified ground. Now it is only a short ascent to the exit to Windautal (Route 206) and the local gastronomy. Käsealm Straubing is the name of the regional insider tip (Route 207). Homemade cheese, bacon from our own production, freshly baked bread and one or two local delicacies await your hungry biker stomach.Along the Windautaler Ache and finally in the undulating ups and downs of freight routes, you finally reach Westendorf and subsequently the today's destination Brixen im Thale.

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  • Difficult
    03:38
    23.0 mi
    6.3 mph
    4,225 ft
    3,675 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Suitable for all skill levels.

    About 37 kilometers and 1,290 vertical meters are waiting for you on the simple version of the second stage of the Kitzbüheler Alpen Trail. Traveling on minor side roads up to the sunny plateau of the Penningberg, the first kilometers lead comfortably on asphalt (Route 229). At the end of the valley and in deepest insight, the ground then changes to gravel and the bike fun can really start. Far away from the asphalt the humming of the coarse tires stops, it smells like damp forest and you weigh the civilization far behind you.Lonely, sometimes deep in the coniferous forest, sometimes with a wonderful view and foresight on the surrounding pastures and gentle peaks, you crank on towards Haagalm. Shortly before the pasture, a resourceful farmer has planted a particularly cozy sunbathing spot in front of his stable. Trusting in the honesty of hikers and bikers, beer, cyclists and alpine dinners are waiting for you in a cool, watery trough. The small slot on the stable wall is happy in return for monetary equivalent.In the course of the forest road in an exploratory drive quickly destroyed some meters down into the Kelchsau, directly past the village inn Fuchswirt. In Windautal (Route 206) there is another way to strengthen yourself: The Lendwirt invites you to take a break here.Along the Windautaler Ache and finally in the undulating ups and downs of freight roads, however, Westendorf and, subsequently, today's stage destination Brixen im Thale are quickly reached.

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  • Difficult
    06:15
    32.4 mi
    5.2 mph
    6,325 ft
    6,675 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.

    Inspired by the spirit of the legendary KitzAlpBike marathon, the stage from Brixen to Oberndorf may be regarded as the queen stage of the KAT bike. 53 kilometers and 2,000 vertical meters, seasoned with the finest trails, meet fitness and technique. If you want to go a little less sharp, you can also choose a lightweight variant with 29 kilometers and 800 meters as well as a moderate version with 56 kilometers and 2,000 meters of altitude difference.This route describes the hardest variant of the third stage, which starts very leisurely by starting at the forest road up to the Wiegalm (Route 210). After leaving behind the once wild brook, tamed over the years, you will pass the Brixenbachalm and pedal uphill. The view culminates at the Wiegalm, well-known at weekends for the oven-roast pork roast.Over the playful Wiegalmtrail you destroy altimeter, the reward for the long climb. Smaller riparians, undulating pastures and moist forests determine the path. A little later you are already in the driveway to the bike path to Aschau (Route 204). You cross the small village and take course on the Aschauer Höhenweg (Route 205). Framed by the large and small Rettenstein you glide through the water-rich lower ground to the Klooalm. Sitting in the sun, you can enjoy all sorts of home-made food: from our own cheese to luscious Brettljause to delicious cake creations. A pleasure!
     
    Before driving on, it is advisable on hot days, to fill all water supplies to the edge. In the next two hours and 900 vertical meters, it can be scarce with the liquid good. Soon, the once gentle way steeper, always steep ramps wait for you. But each uphill is followed by a flat passage, behind many curves lures a magnificent view of the surrounding green mountains and out into Brixental. Lift facilities announce the near end of the ascent before you reach the roof of the four-day tour at the Pengelstein at an altitude of 1,938 meters.
    Next to Ehrenbachhöhe separates you only a short ascent from the legendary Fleckalm Trail. An impressive 1,000 meters in altitude destroys Kirchberg's figurehead, demanding both body and mind. Along small side roads and wide forest roads, past the Schwarzsee, you roll out on undulating terrain comfortably. Once there is a short uphill to Steuerberg, before you roll behind the inn of the same name only loosely downhill.The near Oberndorf and the reputation of the Penzinghof as a wellness and pleasure paradise will surely give you another boost of motivation. A pond in the garden, a pool with a view on the roof, the sauna in the cellar smelling of pine wood and a salad buffet, which is only exceeded by the freshly prepared intermediate in the show kitchen. The grand finale of a truly royal stage.

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  • Difficult
    06:14
    34.1 mi
    5.5 mph
    6,650 ft
    7,000 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 medium-heavy version of the third stage on the Kitzbüheler Alpen Trail differs only by letting the demanding Fleckalmtrails from the heavy variant. If you want to take it a bit easier towards the end of the long tour or are not technically quite so experienced, you can fully enjoy the descent to Kitzbühel on beautiful forest and farm roads and technically much easier trails. In addition, a cozy mountain inn and the picturesque old town of Kitzbühel await you shortly before the finish. It is and remains a really nice, long tour, in the end we have exchanged just a bit of action for a portion of extra enjoyment.So let's start very leisurely up the forest path to the Wiegalm (Route 210). After leaving behind the once wild brook, tamed over the years, you will pass the Brixenbachalm and pedal uphill. The view culminates at the Wiegalm, well-known at weekends for the oven-roast pork roast.Over the playful Wiegalmtrail you destroy altimeter, the reward for the long climb. Smaller riparians, undulating pastures and moist forests determine the path. A little later you are already in the driveway to the bike path to Aschau (Route 204). You cross the small village and take course on the Aschauer Höhenweg (Route 205). Framed by the large and small Rettenstein you glide through the water-rich lower ground to the Klooalm. Sitting in the sun, you can enjoy all sorts of home-made food: from our own cheese to luscious Brettljause to delicious cake creations. A pleasure!
     
    Before driving on, it is advisable on hot days, to fill all water supplies to the edge. In the next two hours and 900 vertical meters, it can be scarce with the liquid good. Soon, the once gentle way steeper, always steep ramps wait for you. But each uphill is followed by a flat passage, behind many curves lures a magnificent view of the surrounding green mountains and out into Brixental. Lift facilities announce the near end of the ascent before you reach the roof of the four-day tour at the Pengelstein at an altitude of 1,938 meters.
    From now on pure downhill fun awaits you. However, not on the heavy Fleckalmtrail, but on easier ways and - brand new from 2019 - on the Bike Trail Hahnenkamm, a lightweight singletrack as a flowy alternative. But that does not change the fact that you destroy a proud 1,000 altitude meters, pure enjoyment and your well-deserved reward for the long climb before. Along small side roads and wide forest paths, past the Schwarzsee, you roll out on undulating terrain - if you like, you can stop off at the Gasthof Einsiedelei. Afterwards you will roll downhill to Kitzbühel's old town and from there on to Oberndorf.

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  • Difficult
    05:08
    28.4 mi
    5.5 mph
    5,675 ft
    5,375 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 final route of the Kitzbüheler Alpen Trails leads over almost 46 kilometers with more than 1,750 vertical meters to the destination of the stage trip to Fieberbrunn. At the beginning you drive briefly along the Römerweg towards Kitzbühel. After that, it will soon be on a single track on asphalt past farmsteads in the coniferous forest and you will quickly gain altitude. Wilder Kaiser, Kitzbüheler Horn, a look back into the valley - again and again the branches release a little bit of the wonderful panorama.Past the Stanglalm you drive up to the Harschbichl to take the Harschbichl Trail there. Hidden his entrance a bit on the edge of a reservoir, the trail opens a varied ride through forests and meadows, residents, woody soil and always wide Northshore elements before he ends in the district Apfeldorf in St. Johann. From here, the Speckbacher Straße leads directly through the center and past the baroque church. At the end of the pedestrian zone, turn left onto a cycle path (# 18).Along the Tiroler Ache you now cycle loosely in the direction of Kirchdorf in the district Habach. From here, the final 1,000 vertical meters of the four-day journey await you. On the narrow, paved road, you can easily get into an upturned mood, before pedaling steadily uphill on a beautiful forest road in the shade of deciduous trees. Above the tree line, you'll find yourself on an almost tacky alpine pasture. The view of the Kitzbüheler Horn, the St. Johanner Becken and the Wilder Kaiser is now completely free.Continue uphill past the Adlerspoint Alm. Just before the Gerstbergalm, the highest point is reached. A little later, the forest road becomes a trail. Only briefly, because soon the path becomes a carrying path over steep roots, rocks and steps. A bottleneck, but that too is part of an alpine trail! A little later, the path becomes passable again and finally ends at the goods road, which leads into the valley to St. Jakob am Pillersee.Before that you can have a leisurely stop in the Winterstelleralm. There a Bretteljause or a Kaiserschmarrn ensures that your energy storage are refilled. Still a nice piece of way to the finish in Fieberbrunn is waiting for you. But now downhill, past the beautiful Pillersee and quiet bike paths through the beautiful valley to St. Jakob and on to Fieberbrunn. The Hotel Alte Post is already waiting in the center - ideal for relaxing after the last days' efforts. The next day, the train and its bikes and luggage will take you back to the starting point of the stage trip to Hopfgarten. For all guests with guest card, this service is free.

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  • Difficult
    03:26
    21.2 mi
    6.2 mph
    3,100 ft
    2,800 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    The intermediate version of stage 4 saves the uphill to the Harschbichl at the beginning of the tour and thus also the trail of the same name. In this way, you save about 800 meters in altitude and about 12 kilometers, so that your last leg of the Kitzbüheler Alpen Trails is a bit easier to master.So you cycle along the Kitzbüheler Ache directly into beautiful St. Johann. From here, the Speckbacher Straße leads directly through the center and past the baroque church. At the end of the pedestrian zone, turn left onto a cycle path (# 18). If you do not want to miss out on the Harschbichl trail, you can take the cable car from St. Johann to the middle station and rock the lower part of the trail - at least 4.2 kilometers of downhill fun, without any uphill!Along the Tiroler Ache you now cycle loosely in the direction of Kirchdorf in the district Habach. From here, the final 1,000 vertical meters of the four-day journey await you. On the narrow, paved road, you can easily get into an upturned mood, before pedaling steadily uphill on a beautiful forest road in the shade of deciduous trees. Above the tree line, you'll find yourself on an almost tacky alpine pasture. The view of the Kitzbüheler Horn, the St. Johanner Becken and the Wilder Kaiser is now completely free.Continue uphill past the Adlerspoint Alm. Just before the Gerstbergalm, the highest point is reached. A little later, the forest road becomes a trail. Only briefly, because soon the path becomes a carrying path over steep roots, rocks and steps. A bottleneck, but that too is part of an alpine trail! A little later, the path becomes passable again and finally ends at the goods road, which leads into the valley to St. Jakob am Pillersee.Before that you can have a leisurely stop in the Winterstelleralm. There a Bretteljause or a Kaiserschmarrn ensures that your energy storage are refilled. Still a nice piece of way to the finish in Fieberbrunn is waiting for you. But now downhill, past the beautiful Pillersee and quiet bike paths through the beautiful valley to St. Jakob and on to Fieberbrunn. The Hotel Alte Post is already waiting in the center - ideal for relaxing after the last days' efforts. The next day, the train and its bikes and luggage will take you back to the starting point of the stage trip to Hopfgarten. For all guests with guest card, this service is free.

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  • Intermediate
    02:43
    23.0 mi
    8.5 mph
    1,000 ft
    725 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    Even if the lightest variant of the third stage on the Kitzbüheler Alpen Trail is a little longer than the moderate, it goes much more relaxed, because it runs through the beautiful valleys of the Kitzbühel Alps and saves the two climbs on the Harschbichl and on the Gerstbergalm. Remain a little more than 300 vertical meters, which separate you from the goal of the stage drive in Fieberbrunn. And even if you can not enjoy the wonderful vantage points from the alpine pastures, the magnificent mountain landscape awaits you with a real highlight, which you will only experience on the easy tour: the trip through the Pillersee valley is simply beautiful and a refreshment in the lake becomes unforgettable Highlight of the stage trip.So you cycle along the Kitzbüheler Ache directly into beautiful St. Johann. From here, the Speckbacher Straße leads directly through the center and past the baroque church. At the end of the pedestrian zone, turn left onto a cycle path (# 18). If you do not want to miss out on the Harschbichl trail, you can take the cable car from St. Johann to the middle station and rock the lower part of the trail - at least 4.2 kilometers of downhill fun, without any uphill!Continue via Kirchdorf and Weidring into the Pillersee valley. It goes slightly uphill, but the route leads completely over a beautiful bike path, which again and again gives the view of the Kitzbüheler Horn. At Pillersee you almost made it. In the cool water of the mountain lake, you can refresh yourself and in St. Ulrich am Pillersee wait a few cafes and restaurants for you. The last few kilometers will take you back to the destination of the stage trip to Fieberbrunn. The Hotel Alte Post is already waiting in the center - ideal for relaxing after the last days' efforts. The next day, the train and its bikes and luggage will take you back to the starting point of the stage trip to Hopfgarten. For all guests with guest card, this service is free.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    8
  • Distance
    207 mi
  • Duration
    35:01 h
  • Elevation
    35,425 ft

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