Day 1: Innsbruck - Mayrhofen
Elevation Gain/Elevation Loss: 2,120/2,140 metres, Distance: 69 kilometres, difficult
The first day’s ride is more a test of stamina than of mountain bike handling skills. From Innsbruck, the route follows the Inntal Cycle Path toward Wattens. At Weer, the route begins to climb to Weidener Hut (elev. 1,800 m). You can either ride this segment in one go or divide it over two days, spending the night at Weidener Hut. From the hut, it’s another nasty 500 vertical metres to reach the top of Geiseljoch Col – once up there you have mastered the hardest climb on this loop. The route continues along singletrack to a gravel road that winds down to Vorderlandersbach. There, the route resumes a short climb before cruising down past Dornau to Mayrhofen on quiet back roads.
Day 2: Mayrhofen - Weerberg
Elevation Gain/Elevation Loss: 1,310/1,060 metres, Distance: 52 kilometres, difficult
From Mayrhofen, ride down to Uderns. There, a broad gravel road begins to climb to Hochfügen across Kupfnerberg. After another 200 vertical metres, you have reached the highest point of this day’s ride: the 1,680m Loassattel Saddle. From there, a 10-kilometre-long downhill brings you to the destination end of this day, Weerberg.
Day 3: Weerberg - Matrei
Elevation Gain/Elevation Loss: 885/900 metres, Distance: 43.8 kilometres, intermediate
From Mitterweerberg, a westward descent takes you back to the Inntal Valley floor. Passing Wattens and Volders, an easy climb takes you up to Rinn and Sistrans. The ride continues past Patsch and Mühltal to Innerellbögen and Matrei am Brenner.
Please note: As Matrei and Innsbruck are well serviced by public transport, you can easily divide the Innsbruck Loop into two parts in Matrei.
Day 4: Matrei - Axams
Elevation Gain/Elevation Loss: 1,070/1,160 metres, Distance: 32.8 kilometres, intermediate
From Matrei am Brenner, the route follows a paved road and gravel to Maria Waldrast abbey and place of pilgrimage. Gather new strength at the friendly inn run by the monks of Maria Waldrast. From there, the route descends all the way down to Telfes in Stubai Valley on a broad gravel road. Passing by the beautiful Telfer Wiesen meadows, the ride continues to Mutters and eventually to Axams, the destination of the day.
Day 5: Axams - Kühtai
Elevation Gain/Elevation Loss: 1,350/190 metres, Distance: 26.8 kilometres, difficult
The shortest day ride on the Innsbruck Loop takes you from Axams to Gries im Sellrain along quiet back roads. From there, the route winds into Sellrain Valley, gaining 850 vertical metres on its way past St. Sigmund im Sellrain and Haggen to the destination end of the day: Kühtai at an elevation of more than 2,000 metres above sea level.
Day 6: Kühtai - Innsbruck
Elevation Gain/Elevation Loss: 570/2,040 metres, Distance: 76.6 kilometres, intermediate
A descent takes you from Kühtai to Wald, where a short climb across “Sattele” brings you out high above Inntal Valley. A long downhill delivers you to the village of Haiming. There, the route continues along the flat Inntal Valley floor to Mötz. Back roads, gravel trails, and a short ascent wind up to Barwies and across Mieming Plateau and Wildermieming to Telfs. The last section of the ride follows the Inntal Cycle Path into the heart of Innsbruck.