Mountain bike riders keen to explore the higher reaches of the Zillertal Valley will enjoy this adventure starting in Fügen. From there, riders pass the village of Pankrazberg with its church visible for miles around and climb up towards the Spieljoch ridge before continuing to the Geolsalm hut and on to the Gartalm hut (1,860 metres), the highest point of the ride. Almost 1,400 vertical metres of climbing lie between Fügen and the hut. The route back is more or less downhill all the way and takes riders through the narrow, heavily forested Öxltal Valley and past the settlement of Fügenberg back down to the valley floor.
- Circular route
- Route with e-bike charging station
Elevation uphill 1,508m
Vertical metres downhill 1,508m
Parking available at the "Festhalle" in Fügen
Huts & restaurants along the route
- Gasthof Kohler-Almhof
- Jausenstation Geolsalm
- Berggasthof Baumannwiesköpfl
- Gasthäusl Schoner
- Various locations in Fügen
The ride begins at the "Festhalle" building in Fügen. Head along the Pankrazbergstraße road past the bottom station of the Spieljochbahn cable car and through Pairfeld/Riedern before completing a series of switchbacks as you climb the Hochfügener Straße up to the village Pankrazberg. Turn right in the village towards the middle station of the Spieljochbahn cable car. It is here that the profile becomes steeper – and remains that way as far as the top station of the cable car (MTB route 414, then 410). The trail then becomes a little flatter until riders reach the Geolsalm hut. The final section up to the Gartalm hut is steeper again. On the way back, take the left-hand turning to the top station of the Spieljochbahn cable car. There is a short uphill section. Then, aftet the next turning to the cable car station (go straight on) the trail leads downhill once again. The route leads past the Arzjochkapelle chapel and down into the Öxltal Valley, passing the Kaunzalm hut. Continue through the forest as you head out of the valley (MTB route 414) until there is a long right-hand turn and the trail heads towards Fügenberg. Continue along route 414 and through the village of Fügenberg. Once you reach the main road, the Fügener Hauptstraße, it is just a few hundred metres south until you reach your starting point.