MTB tour to Mendola, Macaion and Passo Palade

Difficult MTB tour which combines asphalted mountain pass roads, forest paths and single trails, rich in variety.

Nothing for wimps: 103 km and 2,280 metres in altitude, two mountain passes and one summit – this MTB tour packs a punch. In the morning we start at Lana, the day in May is perfect, coolish but sunny. At the rail station we turn into the Bolzano Cycle Route which we cycle until the junction near Ponte Adige. There we turn right towards Cornaiano, after about 1 km we can turn into the Appiano Cycle Route which we take until San Michele. At the crossing near the road tunnel we proceed to the village centre and further along the Andreas-Hofer-road past the hamlet Ganda ,where we finally turn into the Passo Mendola road (SS 42). We pedal uphill, bend by bend, at the altitude of 1,000 m fantastic panoramic views on the Lake of Caldaro and the south of South Tyrol reward us.

Arrived on the Mendola pass we cycle down towards the Val di Non until the Panorama Hotel. Behind the hotel a forest road to the meadows of the Regole di Malosco starts. The blooming spring meadows of the Regole, where we can choose between three taverns, is ideal for our lunch break. Then the path up to the “Bait del Prinz” waits for us. There arrived we follow the path for 500 m towards north – a narrow, steep and partly rocky trail. After the big wind gap (Bus del Macaion) the last ascent to the 1,866 m high peak of the Macaion mountain follows. The efforts are rewarded with a fantastic panoramic view on South Tyrol, from the Tessa mountain group near Merano via Bolzano to the Dolomites. Wow!

Finally here our descent starts. We bomb down the forest road first towards Fondo, then towards the Malga di Fondo mountain hut. At the first crossroads we turn right (Attention, confusing signposts!) and here we are. Now an arduous ascent to the Lago di Tret follows. Due to the path surface we have to wheel (sandy and weathered). At the beautiful Lago di Tret, which is surrounded by blooming meadows, we cycle down via the Malga di S. Felice to the Lochmann bridge where the path transitions into the road to the Passo Palade. Up to the Passo Palade – this is our last ascent for today. Yay! The top is reached! And now – here we go - downhill until Lana, where we can recover from the exertions…

Author: AT

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

Starting point: Lana, Tribus square

Cycling time: approx. 8 hours
Distance: 103 km
Altitude difference: ascent: 2,280 m, descent: 2,280 m
Altitude level: between. 240 and 1,866 m

Surface:
asphalt roads: 78.5 km
gravel paths/forest roads: 20.5 km
single trails: 4 km, partly to wheel and to carry
Experienced in: May 2012
Advice: particularly large numbers of motorcyclists drive the mountain pass roads at the weekends, therefore we recommend not to do this MTB tour at weekends!

Suggested accommodations

  1. Design Hotel Tyrol
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    Design Hotel Tyrol

  2. Hotel Schwarzschmied
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    Hotel Schwarzschmied

  3. Hotel Petra
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    Hotel Petra

  4. Hotel La Maiena
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    Hotel La Maiena

  5. Hotel Hohenwart
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    Hotel Hohenwart

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