MTB tour to Monte Roen, Testa Nera and Giogo di Corona

Demanding MTB tour in the south of South Tyrol with fantastic view on the Swiss, Austrian and Italian Alps.

The good old Mendola packs a punch: the highest point of it, the Monte Roen mountain, indeed is “only” 2,116 m high, but this tour is rich in variety, gorgeous ascents and descents but also parts to wheel and to carry can be experienced.

Our starting point is the village square of Caldaro, where we start towards the valley station of the Mendola funicular. Due to the fact that it is weekend, plenty of bikers will choose the Mendola road today, so we want to spare this section and enjoy the venerable funicular which also transports our bicycles. Arrived at the top we follow the marker no. 500, which leads us to the Rif. Mezzavia (Halbweg mountain hut) in 30 minutes. Further we proceed along the comfortable wide forest path to the Malga Romeno mountain hut, a rustic cultivated hut at 1,780 m asl.

Here cycling is over for the first time. The path no. 500 which proceeds from the Malga Romeno towards the summit of the Monte Roen is steep and has a bad gravel surface. More than half an hour we wheel and carry our bicycles, partly cycling can be managed. Finally the highest point is reached – the peak of the Monte Roen mountain! We left the timberline below us and enjoy a fantastic panoramic view on the Swiss, Austrian and Italian alpine world. After a well-deserved break in the meadow we decide to cycle back via the Giogo di Corona (Grauner Joch).

A single trail proceeds until the viewpoint “Verbrenntes Egg” always towards south. At the steepest sections we have to carry our bicycles down, attention – the gravel is slippery! Then we carry on our descent, finally we reach a forest road which leads us to the Giogo di Corona. Here we start an appreciative descent down to the village of Corona (800 m asl.) where we take the road towards Cortaccia and come back to Caldaro via Ronchi, Termeno and along the South Tyrolean Wine Road.

Author: AT

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

Starting point: Caldaro, market square

Cycling time: approx. 4 h
Distance: 41 km (22 km forest path and single trail, 19 km asphalt)
Altitude difference: ascent: 1,493 m, descent: 2,313 m
Surface: gravel path (forest road), single trail, slippy path, asphalt

Altitude level: between 260 and 2,116 m asl.

Experienced in: August 2011

Suggested accommodations

  1. Gasthof Hotel Terzer
    Inn

    Gasthof Hotel Terzer

  2. Hotel Traminerhof
    Hotel

    Hotel Traminerhof

  3. Hotel Elefant
    Hotel

    Hotel Elefant

    Ora
  4. Hotel Sigmundskron
    Hotel

    Hotel Sigmundskron

  5. Lavendelhof
    Farm

    Lavendelhof

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