Mountain bike tours

Mountain bike tours

Grächen Loop

The Grächen circuit tour around the village of the same name is an all-mountain route for families combining easy single trails and sections on wider paths and gravel roads.

  • Difficulty

    easy, S1

    Difficulty: easy
    S1 Smaller obstacles such as flat roots, stones or small gullies; the surface may not always be firm. Gradients of up to 40%. No hairpin turns. Basic MTB technique required, such as controlled braking and ability to shift centre of gravity
  • Length

    10.4 km

  • Duration

    1:32 h

  • Show on map

This circuit tour for the whole family begins at the heart of the village, initially taking you past the Hannigalp valley station. After a short climb on a gravel road, the tour makes its first descent, flowing down to the idyllic Z’Seew mountain lake, which provides a welcome opportunity to take a break and cool off – particularly on hot summer days. Reinvigorated, you now head up to the Äbnet junction, then take the broad trail to the Bärgji-Alp and Jägerstube restaurants, where you can stop for refreshments in pleasant surroundings. The Barrhorn stands out amongst the three-thousand-metre peaks that line up opposite as the highest snow-free summit in Europe that is accessible to hikers. There is a comfortable trail leading from the Grächen Bärgji valley station back to the starting point in Grächen. You can also take the varied and flowing enduro trail from Titter down to Kalpetran. The tour can also connect with the Zermatt-Visp trail (No. 150). 

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Turn-by-turn directions

The route is signposted in one direction only: Grächen -> Z’Seew -> Taa -> Bärgji -> Chummulti -> Bina -> Grächen

Start: Grächen (1614 m)
Destination: Grächen (1614 m)

Author's recommendation

Lake Grächen is an ideal place for both grown-ups and kids to rest, cool off and have fun in the water.

Technical information

  • Altitude

    1781 m 1493 m

  • Ascent

    330 m

  • Descent

    330 m

  • Technique

    Bewertung: 1.0 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Stamina

    Bewertung: 2.0 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Experience

    Bewertung: 3 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Landscape

    Bewertung: 4.0 von 5.0 Punkten

Public transport

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

Approach

Ideally go to Grächen.

Parking

The holiday destination of Grächen is partly car-free. Access for private vehicles is only permitted up to the village centre.

Equipment

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.

Literature

The tourist office in Grächen has got brochures and information material about mountain biking in the region.

Maps

SwissTopo Maps 1:25'000: 1308 St. Niklaus