Easy trip from Leukerbad via the idyllic mountain village of Albinen to Leuk. Superb views of the cliffs above Leukerbad and down to the Pfyn/Finges forest in the Rhône valley.
easy, S1Difficulty : 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
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The ride starts in the thermal spa resort of Leukerbad. The route initially leads through the old village and past the resort’s historical Maison Blanche hotel before following a simple track through the meadows to the “Albinenleitern”. These are vertical wooden ladders that allow hikers to negotiate the cliffs, but mountain bikers have an alternative: a side road that climbs up to the base station of the Flaschen–Torrentalp gondola and the Restaurant Flaschen. From here, delightful singletrack trails with easy obstacles lead to Albinen. This mountain village is a gem full of charm dating back to the 11thCentury, when residents of Leukerbad settled the area and started cultivating the surrounding land. After a short break in Albinen, the route continues through a beautiful forest down to St. Barbara. From here, you ride past sunny vineyards to Leuk and then on to Susten.