komoot
  • Discover
  • Route planner
  • Features
Discover

5 MTB routes around the Zugspitze to swimming lakes

Pixelteufel (CC BY 2.0)

5 MTB routes around the Zugspitze to swimming lakes

Mountain Biking Collection by komoot

5

Tours

21:35 h

137 mi

16,875 ft

Are you an eager mountain biker who wants to ride during the sweaty summer months, but can’t deal with soaring temperatures even in the shade? Then this Collection is for you.


We have selected the most beautiful mountain bike tours in the Zugspitz area for you, which will take you to lakes that are perfect for a refreshing swim. Here, you will of course find all-time favourites lakes such as the Eibsee, Blindsee and Plansee, as well as more hidden highlights such as Ferchensee near Mittenwald which you can perfectly combine for more mountain biking fun.

The routes are great during spring and autumn, not just in the summer – as nature awakes from winter sleep and is painted by autumn's colors. It’s up to you whether you dare to jump into the not so warm mountain lakes at these times of year, but it’s definitely possible!

Each route is a relatively challenging ride: some follow mostly single trails whilst others cover large distances and high elevation. You should come with your strong legs – you’ll need them on most of the routes. At the end of each ride, you’ll have earned a dip in the lake!

Mountain bikers who enjoy great views will especially enjoy the Plansee route or the Panorama route to Lake Ferchensee. Here, you will ride through stunning landscape with less focus on single trails. Enduro enthusiasts should check out the Blindsee trail and the Eibsee round to the Hochthörlen hut – you will find lots of downhill fun on trails (S1-S3). Just read the route descriptions carefully to find out if the route is suitable for you.

In order to fully enjoy the lake rides in this Collection, you should bring a well-maintained mountain bike with good suspension. For the single trail routes, we recommend using a cross-country or enduro bike, whilst the long tours are easier to master on a light hardtail. Make sure you don't forget to pack your swimsuits, towel, sun cream, enough water (at least 3 litres) and a few snacks. Although the routes pass huts and restaurants at regular intervals, you can run out of strength during the tough passes faster than you might think, especially in summer.

You can reach all of the routes via public transport. From Munich, there are hourly regional trains to Garmisch-Partenkirchen where you can then take the regional train to Lermoos and Untergrainau – or extend your ride by cycling from Garmisch to the starting point.

On The Map

loading
loading

Tours & Highlights

  • Difficult
    05:06
    38.0 mi
    7.5 mph
    2,075 ft
    2,075 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    This tour is something for connoisseurs. The difficulty here is less in the driving technique than in the distance - 61 kilometers are not little. However, these are perfectly loosened up by the bathing possibilities at the Plan and Heiterwanger See.

    

    If you start in the morning in Grainau at the train

    translated byView Original

    by komoot

    View
  • Difficult
    03:52
    22.4 mi
    5.8 mph
    3,250 ft
    3,250 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 is a great mix of scenery and driving pleasure. You'll pass the Eibsee twice, so you can jump into the fresh water twice - we recommend that you do this especially after the demanding single trail descent.

    

    Who is not technically quite so versed, can leave the Hochthörlenhütte on the forest road

    translated byView Original

    by komoot

    View
  • Sign Up To Discover Places Like This

    Get recommendations on the best single tracks, peaks, & plenty of other exciting outdoor places.

  • Difficult
    05:05
    28.4 mi
    5.6 mph
    5,050 ft
    5,050 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 has not only some crisp climbs and a few quite technical passages but also one thing: landscape. But almost 1400 vertical meters are not a cardboard stem, especially because you are the majority served in a rise.

    

    If you already have the feeling at Fernstein Castle that you are not in good shape

    translated byView Original

    by komoot

    View
  • Intermediate
    03:36
    26.7 mi
    7.4 mph
    2,325 ft
    2,325 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Admittedly, you could reach the Ferchensee much faster than by a 19-kilometer drive from Garmisch (namely just from Mittenwald) - but then you would miss the wonderful panorama on the way there. This tour offers you everything you want on a beautiful summer day: views, nature, a lake and good food on

    translated byView Original

    by komoot

    View
  • Difficult
    03:56
    21.4 mi
    5.4 mph
    4,200 ft
    4,200 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 is something for tight calves - if you do not want to replace the crunchy Uphill on the forest road with the gondola. So only a few meters are left, but there are still plenty of depth meters.

    

    You should bring a lot of trailer experience in both cases. The Grubigalm Trail is marked as S2, but

    translated byView Original

    by komoot

    View

Like this Collection?

Questions and Comments

    loading

Collection Stats

  • Tours
    5
  • Distance
    137 mi
  • Duration
    21:35 h
  • Elevation
    16,875 ft

You Might Also Like

The Max Trail — across the Alps from West to East

Mountain Biking Collection by komoot

Mountainbiking the alps with the kids

Mountain Biking Collection by komoot

Tour de craft beer – four rides to the best breweries in the Netherlands

Road Cycling Collection by Sabina Knezevic - Farawayistan

Discover

5 MTB routes around the Zugspitze to swimming lakes

What We Offer

Discover
Terms of ServicePrivacy PolicyCommunity GuidelinesSecurity vulnerability reward programImprint