eppaner hoehenweg bei furglau wegweiser mountain bike
eppaner hoehenweg bei furglau wegweiser mountain bike

MTB tour on the Appiano High Route

This circular tour takes along the steep slopes of the Mendola on forested trails and hardly trafficed roads at about 1,000 m a.s.l.

Starting point of our tour is the centre of S. Michele. At the ice stadium, we directly proceed to the Calvario hill, where the way up starts right at the forest: the panorama trail on the Calvario mountain is the first short passage that we have to face (please respect promenaders on the paths). Behind the Gleif/Calvario church we proceed towards the Steinegger tavern, cycling along asphalted roads. This is where the mountain bike tour actually starts.

We keep following the trail number 7 until the forest starts. Short before the bridge takes over the river, we take the steep trail "Furglau“. Merciless the trail becomes steeper and steeper, in the end we have to push our bicycle. The combination of slippery soil and steeply ascending trail leaves us no alternative. Finally we reach the crossing under the debris cone, finally we can start cycling. In northern direction we proceed along a forested trail stretching parallel to the Alta Via d'Appiano, without ascend, then with a little drop, later on downwards. Instead of proceeding to Gaido, we follow the signposts to Buchwald (last section on asphalted road). The tavern is situated in the middle of a meadow in full blossom and provides a great view on Bolzano and the Dolomites.

The way down proceeds on asphalted road to Kreuzstein and the mountain road of Appiano down to S. Michele. Before reaching Freudenstein Castle, we turn right and proceed on the Via Masaccio towards the Steinegger, proceed across the forest on the trail 540 down to Castel Moso, pass the castles of Pigeno and finally reach S. Michele. A great tour with an exhausting way up at the beginning and long, re-creative passages with a great view to follow.

Author: AT

If you want to do this mountain bike tour, please take information about the weather and the current conditions of the trail on site!

Starting point: S. Michele centre (Piazza Weber-Tyrol)
Cycling time: about 2.5 hours
Distance: 17.5 km (forested trails)
Altitude difference: about 770 m
Surface: asphalt, forested trail
Altitude: between 400 and 1,050 m a.s.l.
Experienced in: May 2011

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