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MTB tour from Laives to Nova Ponente

This MTB tour leads us from Laives (250 m a.s.l.) up to the Wölflhof farm (1,305 m a.s.l.) near Nova Ponente.

Starting point of our tour today is the market square of Laives (Leifers), near the church. We cycle along the Via Pietralba road towards Brantental until the junction to the Monte Largo road. Immediately after the left-hand bend we have to pass a short tunnel (88 m). The second bend allows us a short side trip to the mountain summit of the so-called "Peterknott hill" (in the picture). From here we have a gorgeous view on Laives, Bolzano and the southern Valle dell'Adige.

We carry on uphill - the acacias and chestnut woods turn into mixed and conifer forests. Past the Steiner farmyards we turn off left, further uphill. After about 100 metres, at the junction to the stone pit, we turn off right. Soon we have reached 1,000 m a.s.l. and the bend which separates the Monte Largo and the Schmalberg mountain. Below us we can see the Pineta di Laives. Now we cycle into the valley, even downhill for a short section. But the last half km is again steep.

As the Dolomites become visible - Sciliar and Catinaccio - we know, that the Wölflhof farm is located after the next bend (approx. 2 hours). There we enjoy a short break before we start our way back: Always downhill it is done within 30 minutes. If you want to do this MTB tour in summer, we recommend to start in the early morning. Then the most demanding section is located in the shadow and can be managed without any problems.

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: municipial square of Laives
Cycling time: ascent: approx. 2 h, descent: approx. 30 min
Distance: 11.6 km (each direction)
Altitude difference: 1,055 m
Road surface: half of the tour asphalt, half gravel path
Experienced in: June 2018

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