Mountain bike tours

Mattsand Enduro

Mountainbiker auf einer Alm im Grächen


This route from Grächen to Mattsand is a classic enduro descent with plenty of trails and a spectacular view of the mountains surrounding the Mattertal Valley.




13.68 km


1:15 h


The first section of the route begins at the heart of the idyllic mountain village of Grächen, before moving on to Schalbettu via Gasenried, climbing gently over gravel paths and passing through an enchanting stretch of forest. After Schalbettu, the route crosses the Riedbach river and continues on the gravel path for a few hundred metres before leading onto a wonderful trail that hugs the mountainside for its first two kilometres and continues into the Mattertal Valley. If that doesn’t leave you short of breath, the high-Alpine panorama with views of iconic mountains such as the Weisshorn and the Zinalrothorn should do the trick. Simply breathtaking. Once you reach the Balmu region, there are downhill sections and trails to enjoy. The top-quality single trail to Mattsand is varied and full of surprises, promising unlimited fun for bikers. From Mattsand, you can return to St. Niklaus or join the Visp–Zermatt connecting trail (No. 150).

Our favorites

Our favorite itineraries are part of a selection of the best routes in the region and are proposed by Valais/Wallis Promotion to best meet the expectations of our guests.

Turn-by-turn directions

The route is signposted in one direction only: Grächen -> Gasenried -> Mattsand


Grächen (1617m)


St.Niklaus (1113m)

Author's recommendation

Head to St. Niklaus to visit the world’s only Museum of Mountain Guiding. It is housed in the Meierturm, the Mattertal Valley’s oldest surviving building.

Technical information












Best time of the year

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  • Linear route
  • Singletrail/Free ride
  • Scenic
  • Geological highlights
  • Fauna
  • Insider tip
  • Accessibility
  • Refreshment stops available
  • Cultural/historical interest
  • Flora
Getting there

Public transport

Regular rail connections from across Switzerland to St. Niklaus. Continue by postal bus to Grächen. Remember to reserve your space for bike transport on bus.


Ideally go to St. Niklaus.


Parking spaces available in the car parks and on the car park roofs at St. Niklaus, Herbriggen and Ried.


We recommend: a bike in excellent working order, a helmet, gloves and a bell, clothing suitable for the weather (always carry a waterproof), food and drink. 

Safety information

Use marked bike trails and routes only, making sure you observe all signposting. Kindly close gates after passing through. Please be considerate to walkers, as well as to plants and animals. As a rule, walkers have priority. When planning, take into account participants’ fitness level and ability. All riding is at one’s own risk.

Additional information

More Info:

View this tour on SwitzerlandMobility: 


The tourist office in Grächen has a range of brochures and other informative material about mountain biking in the region.


SwissTopo Maps 1:25'000: 1308 St-Niklaus / 1328 Randa


This activity is brought to you by Valais/Wallis Promotion