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Bikepacking Bavaria — the Jura Trail

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Bikepacking Bavaria — the Jura Trail

Mountain Biking Collection by komoot

4

Tours

22:42 h

156 mi

15,850 ft

Do you fancy some time out? How about 230 kilometres (143 mi) of trail fun on unspoilt paths? Are you up for lots of elevation gain and challenging downhills? Then head for the Upper Palatinate between Neumarkt and Regensburg. Here, in the heart of Bavaria, you’ll find a magnificent low mountain range landscape with shady forests, karst rocks, sun-drenched juniper heaths, narrow river valleys, green meadows, castles and monasteries. Variety is guaranteed.

It's so wonderful to explore the Jurasteig (Jura Trail) from the saddle that you might not even know where to start. You can spend the nights at campsites or guesthouses, mixing them up as you go along. How many days you need for this adventure depends on your fitness, mood and perhaps the weather. After this trail expedition, you’ll definitely be hungry for more. Maybe a full alpine crossing next?

Please note that the Jurasteig is very popular with both hikers and mountain bikers and mutual respect is essential. Some sections of the well-signposted Jurasteig main route are not permitted for cyclists as they pass through nature reserves or for other conservation reasons. In these sections, the planned mountain bike route deviates from the hiking route so always stick to the cycling routes.

Getting here by public transport is easy. You'll find plenty of accommodation from simple campsites to inns and classy hotels.

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Bikepacking in Bayern – der Jurasteig

153 mi

16,425 ft

16,425 ft

Last updated: December 4, 2021

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  • Difficult
    06:44
    45.2 mi
    6.7 mph
    4,850 ft
    4,875 ft
    Ferry
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    Day 1 goes from Saal an der Donau to Kallmünz. This includes the first four stages of the hiking route. That's a lot, but definitely doable for experienced mountain bikers with downhill experience. Be prepared that you will have to push your bike uphill in some places.

    

    Great trails through forests, over

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  • Difficult
    07:33
    51.4 mi
    6.8 mph
    5,050 ft
    4,650 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    In the morning of the second day, we go over the hill of Kallmünz Castle. Always following the border of the military training area Höhenfels, it mostly goes directly along streams and rivers through the Lauterbach valley to Kastl. From here it goes a little higher up into the hilly landscape of the

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  • Difficult
    04:14
    28.1 mi
    6.6 mph
    3,050 ft
    3,400 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.

    On day three, we'll start to feel more comfortable. Up and down it is mostly on easy to drive singletrack always the course of the White Laber following up to Dietfurt at the Altmühl. From here we make a detour into the side valley and close the day with a decent rise and then fun ride in the village

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  • Difficult
    04:10
    31.7 mi
    7.6 mph
    2,900 ft
    2,950 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 fourth and last day comes up again with a few meters of altitude and a whole lot of highlights. From the stage in Deising, it goes straight up to the Rosskopf and down the first trail of the day. Then we always follow the Altmühltal. Up and down, trail after trail until you arrive back at the starting

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    4
  • Distance
    156 mi
  • Duration
    22:42 h
  • Elevation
    15,850 ft

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