This ride on tarmac and gravel is 44 kilometres in length and includes over 1000 vertical metres of climbing as it leads through an area known as the "Tibet of East Tirol". From St. Jakob the route leads into the beautiful and idyllic Defereggental Valley, past the Oberhauser Zirbenwald pine forest, to the Jagdhausalmen buildings up to 2,288 metres above sea level at the Klammljoch ridge on the Italian border. Riders will need strong legs and good fitness levels, but a little battery boost will make things a lot easier. There is no charging station along the way, so make sure your battery is full before heading off.
Mountain Bike Ride
St. Jakob im Defereggental
St. Jakob im Defereggental
- Circular route
- Route with e-bike charging station
Elevation uphill 1,016m
Vertical metres downhill 1,016m
Best time of year
* These are approximate values and recommendations. Please take your personal fitness level, technical ability and the current weather conditions into account. Tirol Werbung cannot guarantee that the information provided is correct and accepts no liability.
- Parking available at the Mariahilf – Schwarzach bridge in St. Jakob
- Parking available in Erlsbach
- Patsch car park
- Oberhaus car park
Places serving food & drink
- Alpengasthof Alpenrose in Erlsbach
- Alpengasthof Patsch
- Alpengasthaus Oberhaus
Starting in St. Jakob, route 102 heads 100 metres along the road south of the bus stop Mittelschule on the left-hand side of the Schwarzach river in a westerly direction. After 1.3 kilometres you will reach Grünmos. Continue straight on and take the forest trail to Mariahilf. Ride past the Mariahilf-Kapelle chapel and, after about 410 metres, cross the Lappbach stream before you reach the Blindisalm. The ride continues on the Frattenweg trail through forest next to the Schwarzach river uphill into the Defereggental Valley. After 3 kilometres you will see the houses of Erlsbachand the Alpengasthof Alpenrose on the other side of the river. Take the Katzleiterbrücke bridge and, before you get to Erlsbach, turn left. On the right-hand side of the Schwarzach, the ride continues into the valley, past the Alpengasthof Patsch and the toll booth at Patsch all the way to Oberhaus at 1,770 metres above sea level. From there riders have 5.6 kilometres to the two buildings making up the Seebachalmen below the Salzkopf mountain. Then it is 7.9 kilometres more before you reach the turning for the Jagdhausalmen. Head straight on into the Arvental Valley and then steeply up towards the Arventalalm hut at 2,190 metres above sea level. Before you reach the hut, tuen sharp left and follow the trail for 900 metres in a westerly direction to the Klammljoch ridge, the highest point of the ride. Return along the same route.