Monte Largo MTB tour from Laives to Nova Ponente

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

Starting point of our tour today is the market square of Laives, 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 Val d’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 asl 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.

Notice: 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. The tour is suitable for cyclists with a little condition. Parts of the route are suited for mountain bikes only!

Author: AT

Notice: If you want to do this MTB tour please take information about the current conditions on site!

Starting point: market square of Laives
Cycling time: ascent: approx. 2 h, descent: approx. 30 min
Distance: 11 km (and back)
Altitude difference: 1,055 m
Road surface: half of the tour asphalt, half gravel path
Experienced in: July 2009
Further information: tourist association Laives, phone: +39 0471 950420,

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  1. Hotel Ganischgerhof

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  2. Camping Steiner

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  3. Hotel Regglbergerhof

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  4. Hotel Steiner

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  5. Hotel Pfösl

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