Coursing across awe-inspiring valleys, rugged mountain ranges, lush forests and remote mountain lakes, the three-day Zugspitz Loop is a snippet of classic Tirol. Mellow cruising through forest and meadows, impressing climbs and roaring descents — you name it and Zugspitz Loop Tour has it. This wonderful ride is a good test of one’s stamina and abilities, with its 200 kilometres of length and 5,000 metres in elevation gain.
- Circular route
- Route with e-bike charging station
Elevation uphill 5,070m
Vertical metres downhill 5,160m
Best time of year
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Day 1: Imst - Reutte
Elevation Gain/Elevation Loss: 1,640/1,790 metres, Distance: 65.7 kilometres, difficult
In Imst, follow the broad forest trail towards Roßbach and Aschland. The strenuous ascent to Marienbergjoch Saddle tops out at 1820 metres above sea level and is a good workout. From the saddle, it’s a technical downhill ride to scenic Weißensee Lake. Having reached the valley bottom, follow the route to Lermoos and continue riding through undulating terrain and scenic landscapes of awesome natural beauty to Heiterwang and through Klauserwald Forest to Rieden. From there, enjoy a leisurely ride to the day’s destination in Reutte.
Day 2: Reutte - Seefeld
Elevation Gain/Elevation Loss: 1,550/1,210 metres, Distance: 65 kilometres, difficult
Leaving behind Reutte towards Urisee Lake, follow a talus field uphill to Kuhklause and continue riding to the shores of Plansee Lake, situated an elevation of almost 1,000 metres above sea level. Indulge in the picturesque landscape before you continue biking via Niedernach and along Loisach River to the village centre of Ehrwald. From there, work your way up the steep hillside to Ehrwalder Alm on paved and gravel roads. The rewards are great—roaring descents through Gaistal Valley to Klamm—but they come at a substantial price in lung and leg pain. Eventually, a gravel trail takes you from Klamm past Wildmoosalm Alpine Pasture Hut to Seefeld.
Day 3: Seefeld - Imst
Elevation Gain/Elevation Loss: 1,890/2,250 metres, Distance: 63 kilometres, difficult
The last day’s ride begins with miles of sweet singletrack (S0), from Mösern to Telfs. The ride continues across the gently rolling hills of the Mieming Plateau on truly beautiful meadow trails, passing verdant pastures and marshlands until you reach Barwies. A short ascent takes you up to Holzleiten Saddle, from where the route drops down to Nassereith. There, the route resumes its last, demanding climb of the day. Climbing steeply, the trail into Tegestal Valley furiously works its way up across Schweinsteinjoch Col and Dirstentrittkreuz. A great singletrack leads from Sinnesbrunn to Obtarrenz and Tarrenz, with the loop bringing you back to Imst.
Please note: The route from Nassereith into Tegestal Valley and up to Schweinsteinjoch Col is not open to mountain bikes for the time being. Thru-cyclists are required to detour from Nassereith to Imst along the Gurgltal Cycle Path.