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Mountain biking around Paganella in the Dolomites – a biker’s paradise

Mountain Biking Collection by Dolomiti Paganella

The Paganella region in the Dolomite Mountains in Italy is a paradise for mountain bikers of all disciplines and skill levels. Whether you are a beginner or professional, or cross-country fan or die-hard downhill riders, you’ll find awesome trails in the region. e-MTBers will also be happy here. The region understands the needs of mountain bikers and is constantly evolving to maintain its status as a mountain biking mecca. In 2020, a few brand new trails have opened: the Peter Pan trail, the Giada Line, and an uphill tour to the Croz dell'Altissimo hut which is especially for e-MTBers.

Nestled amongst the Adige Valley in Italy, the Paganella is a beautiful mountainous region with secluded lakes. Its stunning landscapes and the calm waters of Lago di Molveno are a well-kept secret compared to popular destinations like Lake Garda. Yet, the region is a dream for mountain biking – you’ll find almost unlimited trails and possibilities to explore.

For riders looking for technical trails and downhill action, the Dolomiti Paganella Bike Park, with its three zones, is perfect. Here, you can let off steam on downhill tracks or fun-oriented flow trails and end the day on one of the two pump tracks. Various cable cars bring you and your bike straight to the start of the trails and homey mountain huts make sure you never go hungry.

If you prefer to experience a breathtaking mountain adventure rather than action-packed trails, the Dolomiti Paganella is the right place for you. With over 250 miles (400 kilometers) of routes, the area offers something for every level of biker. Combining action and nature, the “Ultimate Enduro Experience” offers a unique adventure. On this route, you can take the lifts up to the top of the climbs and then join spectacular trails that are absolutely insane for any biker.

In the Paganella, there are 27 bike hotels and twelve bike chalets to make your holiday even more enjoyable and bike-friendly. The 13 charging stations at different huts ensure that even e-bikers do not run out of juice. And, if you need to hire a bike or you do not want to go on a big Tour on your own, bike hire stations, bike shops, and tour guides are on hand to help out.

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Tours & Highlights

    Intermediate
    00:08
    1.65 mi
    12.4 mph
    1,175 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    "Peter Pan" is the name of the new flow trail in the "Fai Zone" of the Dolomiti Paganella bike park. Playful like its namesake, it winds its way 395 meters from the Meritz mountain station down to Santel. Getting started is easy with the Santel-Meriz chairlift."Peter Pan" is designed as a flow trail and built accordingly so that both experienced bikers, but especially beginners, can have a lot of fun on it. In the style of a flow trail, a lot of smooth waves and curves await you, which you can either roll off relaxed or on which you can get a bit of airtime at high speed. If you are looking for a rough downhill feeling, you can try the "Easy Rider" trail next door. Since the cable car takes you up again and again quickly, there is nothing to be said against simply cycling alternately between the two trails.

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    Difficult
    00:41
    4.59 mi
    6.7 mph
    0 ft
    3,425 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.

    The "Giada Line" is a natural enduro trail as it is in the book! It starts with a fantastic view at 2,125 meters at Cima Paganella. From up here you can see the majestic peaks of the Brenta Dolomites and can see as far as Lake Garda. So enjoy the unique 360-degree panorama in peace, because you won't have a head for it on the trail. It is quite a bit tricky: the trail is technical and only recommended for experienced bikers. With its length of seven kilometers, it is also physically demanding if you want to drive it in one piece.To get to the start of the trail, you can easily use the lifts from Andalo, which take you directly to the Cima Paganella. From the finish at the valley station of the Paganella Bike Park in Santel you can ride the Santel Meriz cable car up the mountain again and enjoy, for example, the "Peter Pan" trail or the "Easy Rider" downhill. Or you can relax on the flat road back to Andalo.

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  • Intermediate
    01:15
    3.48 mi
    2.8 mph
    1,975 ft
    0 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Are you wondering whether we made a mistake when planning this tour? We can reassure you: everything is just right. And yes: it only goes uphill. Of course, hard-boiled bikers can also pedal up here on their own - but we actually came up with this tour for the use of e-mountain bikes. After all, with a little help, it's a lot more fun to destroy a decent amount of altitude.You start with this in Molveno, right on the picturesque Lake Molveno. Look at it again: the next time you see it as a blue puddle at the bottom of the valley! From now on it's uphill - almost six kilometers and a whopping 600 vertical meters. Your leg muscles are happy that they can share the work with the motor of your e-mountain bike, while you enjoy pedaling higher and higher and enjoying the great view that occasionally arises. In between, you dive again and again in dense forests until you finally reach the hut Croz dell'Altissimo. There you can recharge your batteries and those of your bike. There's delicious food up here and an e-bike charging station. You go back on the same route, only the other way round and therefore only downhill. And that is always fun, with or without “E”.

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    Easy
    00:08
    1.34 mi
    10.7 mph
    0 ft
    650 ft
    Easy mountain bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The “Blade Runner” is one of the newest trails in the Dolomiti Paganella Bike Park. Starting from the mountain station of the Pradel mountain railway at 1,370 meters above sea level, it meanders down the wooded slope for around two kilometers to Spiaz Piof. The trail is not called flowtrail for nothing.It's easy to ride from top to bottom, but thanks to countless well-built curves and waves as well as a few tables, you'll have a lot of fun. It doesn't matter whether you roll down the trail or try to take off at every opportunity. In the end, beginners and experienced bikers alike have fun here.From the destination, you roll comfortably down a gravel path to the valley station of the mountain railway and simply let yourself be transported back up to the start. If you could use some refreshment, we recommend a stop at Casina Bruniol. The cozy hut serves regional specialties and you will find them right after the descent.

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    Easy
    00:04
    1.10 mi
    15.6 mph
    0 ft
    450 ft
    Easy mountain bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Of the three "zones" of the Molveno bike park, the Molveno zone is the lightest. The two mountain railways "Molveno - Pradel" and "Pradel - Tovre" bring you up, on different, flowy trails you come down again. One of these trails is the "Big Hero", the easiest downhill trail in the park, which is also ideal for beginners and children.The "Big Hero" starts right at the mountain station of the "Pradel - Tovre" chairlift, where you can comfortably get up to 1,520 meters before the bike action begins. The trail meanders below the lift route to approximately 1.8 kilometers 130 meters in the valley. Numerous beautifully built adjacent curves provide plenty of driving pleasure. Without major obstacles you can just let it run and enjoy the beautiful descent and the great views of Lake Molveno. A downhill track with such a panorama - that's something special!The route ends directly at the valley station of the mountain railway. So if you like you can go up again. If you want to strengthen yourself in between times, the cozy hut just above the start of the trail invites you to have a snack or a tasty meal anytime.

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    Intermediate
    00:25
    3.73 mi
    8.9 mph
    1,200 ft
    1,300 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Suitable for all skill levels.

    "Willy Wonka" is one of the newest trails in the Dolomiti Paganella bike park. In the Andalo Zone it is, so to speak, the continuation of the "Hustle & Flow" Trail. It starts at the middle station of the Andalo Doss Pel cable car. Highlights of the trail are the North Shore screw and many beautiful jumps, where technically experienced bikers can take off again and again.Of course you can drive "Willy Wonka" individually. But if you take the mountain railway up to the mountain station, you will first have to take the "Hustle & Flow" trail and then head straight for "Willy Wonka".

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    Difficult
    06:33
    37.9 mi
    5.8 mph
    12,350 ft
    12,475 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.

    "Ultimate Enduro Experience" - on this tour is the name program! Breathtaking views and mega trails make for an unforgettable day trip that means fun for experienced bikers. This is also the responsibility of the six mountain railways that we have integrated into this tour: you do the biggest chunk of the 3,760 vertical meters for you and make sure that you can concentrate fully on the long runs - the longest (from the Cima Paganella to Fai della Paganella) is a whopping ten kilometers long and takes you 1,000 meters into the valley. Of course you pedal on this tour but also yourself. You earn about 1,000 meters in altitude by your own efforts, which is quite demanding.Our "Ultimate Enduro Experience" is also a challenge for experienced bikers. For the most part you cycle over suspended bike trails and the long runs require a certain level of fitness. In addition, you are usually traveling at high altitude: the Cima Paganella is at 2,125 meters the highest point of the tour. Nevertheless, this tour always keeps true enjoyment moments ready. Breathtaking views of the valley or just a cozy break in a small, Italian café - with all the bike action, the Dolce Vita is not too short. Maybe you even feel like an animal trip to the zoo of Spormaggiore, where you can observe bears, wolves, lynx and other alpine animals.Incidentally, if the whole tour is a bit too long for you, you can simply shorten it by, for example, skipping the round to Spormaggiore. So you can easily create your personal enduro experience that will give you an unforgettable day in the Dolomites.

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    Difficult
    02:04
    18.7 mi
    9.1 mph
    3,300 ft
    5,925 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    Spectacular views of the Dolomites, the Valle dei Laghi, Lake Molveno and even Lake Garda in good weather - this tour offers the full package of mountain adventures with minimal effort. Because the biggest part of the altitude is done right at the beginning of this tour by the mountain railway of Andalo. It takes you up to about 1,800 meters altitude for the actual start of the tour.From now on, it tends to be downhill, even if there are always small climbs to deal with. You can enjoy a breathtaking panorama over mostly easy-to-drive paths. Especially the views of Molvano and Lake Toblino are simply intoxicating. At the end of the tour, it gets a bit more technical: You drive down to the shores of Lake Toblino on a beautiful trail. Here a picturesque wooden bridge leads you directly along the water to the destination of the tour to Sarche. There you can treat yourself to an ice cream or a coffee (or just both) and let you relax from the bike bus back to Andalo.

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    Difficult
    03:35
    19.3 mi
    5.4 mph
    3,750 ft
    3,800 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Suitable for all skill levels.

    There is hardly a more satisfying feeling than having mastered a mighty mountain on your own by bike. Full of pride over what you have achieved, you will always be rewarded richly: Once you arrive at your destination, you will have a fantastic view. Pure enjoyment - that's what this tour is all about!"To the Top" - the name is program. You start in Andalo and drive up to the Cima Paganella. No more and no less. In between, there are about 1,000 meters of altitude difference, most of them over a well-navigable forest track. The slope is moderate to sometimes a bit steeper, a certain stamina is quite useful for this short but demanding tour. But even if your legs get heavy, that's no problem: just rest for a moment and enjoy the wonderful views of the surrounding mountains. You deserve it! Just like the long descent back to Andalo.

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    Intermediate
    00:07
    1.50 mi
    12.2 mph
    0 ft
    1,025 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    In the "Andalo Zone" of the Dolomiti Paganella Bike Park you can expect some really cool flowtrails, all of which are still fairly new. The "Andalo Doss Pel" cable car takes you up the mountain, from there the trail fun begins!Directly at the mountain station you can get into the "Hustle & Flow". With high speed, this trail meanders over the forest and meadow slopes down to the middle station of the mountain railway, where you have the choice: You can go up again or continue your journey, for example on the "Willy Wonka" Trail.

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    Difficult
    07:30
    47.7 mi
    6.4 mph
    10,725 ft
    10,800 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.

    A wonderfully long tour that demands everything and after which you arrive exhausted but happy and satisfied in Molveno. There you deserve a relaxing evening on the shores of Lake Molveno!Almost 77 kilometers long, this tour is a real challenge with some tough climbs, on which you may even have to push your bike. After all, the lifts in the area do a lot of work for you: Before you really get going, take the Pradel cable car up into the mountains, later you take the two cable cars up to the Cima Paganella. So the downhill fun predominates and you have enough power to enjoy the beautiful landscape. When the weather is nice you can enjoy wonderful, unforgettable views of the Valle dei Laghi (Seental).The tour starts in Molveno, from where you drive through the Adamello Brenta Nature Park to Andalo. From Cima Paganella the tour leads down to the fabulous Toblino lake. Then it's back to the starting point via "Ude's Trail" and the "From Top to Lake" trail.

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    Intermediate
    03:34
    22.0 mi
    6.2 mph
    2,925 ft
    2,950 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    In the Dolomiti Paganella area there are a number of beautiful cross country trails - well maintained, far from roads and well marked. These trails you can drive individually or link to long tours. For this approximately 35-kilometer-long exit, we have selected the trails 788 and 791 and put them together to form a moderate bike round, with promising mountain plateaus and idyllic lakeside a great adventure in the Dolomites.Start is in Molveno and first you cycle towards the northeast, always along the Rio Lambins, the largest tributary of Molveno lake. It goes up and down, a perfect warmup program for the next climb. After Andalo it goes steeply up to the highest point of the tour at about 1,460 meters altitude. From up here you have a really great view of Lake Molveno and thus already the goal of the incredibly long and beautiful descent in mind, which now follows. At the lake you have earned a little break. Find a nice spot in one of the lakeside cafes and rest for a moment.Now you are driving on the beautiful trail that follows the western shore of Lake Molveno. At the southern tip of the lake begins the short detour to a particularly idyllic place: the "oasis" Laghetto di Nembia, an idyllic lake in the middle of a nature reserve. The picturesque wooden pier on the lake shore invites you to take another break. Then the way back begins. Always along the Lake Molveno you drive now without significant gradients back to the starting point of the tour.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    12
  • Distance
    163 mi
  • Duration
    26:03 h
  • Elevation
    36,225 ft

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