Mountain biking on the Alta Via d’Appiano

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

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 Gasthof Steinegger, 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

Please note: If you would like to do this cycling tour, inform yourselves about the current hiking conditions on the spot.

Starting point: S. Michele centre (Piazza Weber-Tyrol)
Travel time: about 2.5 hours
Length of the course: 17.5 km (forested trails)
Altitude difference: about 770 m
Surface: asphalt, forested trail
Altitude: between 400 and 1,050 m asl
Experienced: May 2011
Further information: for further information don’t hesitate to ask your host

Suggested accommodations

  1. Lavendelhof
    Farm

    Lavendelhof

  2. Hotel Sigmundskron
    Hotel

    Hotel Sigmundskron

  3. Hotel Gantkofel
    Hotel

    Hotel Gantkofel

  4. Hotel Neuhausmühle
    Hotel

    Hotel Neuhausmühle

  5. Hotel Traminerhof
    Hotel

    Hotel Traminerhof

tips and more infos