The Karlsbader Hütte, © AlpinPlattform Lienz/Sam Strauss Fotografie
The Karlsbader Hütte, © AlpinPlattform Lienz/Sam Strauss Fotografie

Mountain Bike Ride
Karlsbader Hütte

The Karlsbader Hütte is a majestic mountain hut at 2,260 metres above sea level at the foot of the Große Sandspitze in the Lienz Dolomites. Surounded by numerous peaks, it is located next to a lake, the Laserzsee, and can be reached via a tough mountain bike ride starting in the village of Tristach near Lienz. From valley to hut there are 1,597 vertical metres of climbing, with a section on a paved road followed by a flatter gravel approach to the hut which demands good bike-handling on the descent.

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Starting point

Football pitch in Tristach near Lienz

Hike to

Karlsbader Hütte

Finishing point

Football pitch in Tristach near Lienz

Mountain chain

Lienzer Dolomiten


26.4 km

Riding time

3 h 30 min


  • Circular route
  • Handicap-accessible
  • Route with e-bike charging station
    • Dolomitenhof, Dorfstraße 34, Tristach
    • Dolomitenhütte

Difficulty rating



2,258m 660m

Elevation uphill 1,597m
Vertical metres downhill 1,597m

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* 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.


Football pitch on the edge of Tristach (free)


Trail description

The ride begins at the football pitch on the edge of Tristach near Lienz. Ride uphill along the toboggan run in an easterly direction along route 154 leading through a thick forest, past the Tristacher See lake. Riders will cross the paved road three times before reaching the Gasthaus Kreithof. Here, take the road itself heading uphill in a westerly direction. After a further 570 vertical metres of climbing you will reach the Dolomitenhütte. From there, take the wide gravel trail heading south to the Insteinkapelle. Then, following the banks of the Laserzbach stream, continue all the way to the Karlsbader Hütte. The final 2.8 kilometres lead through alpine terrain. Return along the way you came.

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Ihr Ziel: Karlsbader Hütte (46.81412,12.80058)

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