Kassianspitze Latzfons Wallfahrtskirche
Kassianspitze Latzfons Wallfahrtskirche

MTB tour to the Rif. S. Croce di Lazfons

Crisp mountain bike tour from the mild vineyards near Bressanone to the high alpine landscape of the Sarentino Alps at the Croce di Lazfons, with a fantastic view on the Dolomites.

The Croce di Lazfons (Latzfonser Kreuz) with church and mountain hut is located at 2,300 m a.s.l. and is a popular excursion destination in the Sarentino Alps. The ensemble, the high alpine landscape above the timberline and the fantastic view on the Dolomites are reason enough to dare this route also by mountain bike. We start our tour at the bottom of the valley south of Bressanone, at the sports grounds below the village of Schrambach. Early in the morning, before the sun heats up the valley, we cycle through the wine landscape past Schrambach up to Velturno and on to Lazfons. After crossing the village the path to the Kühhof parking space branches off on the right (sign Latzfonser Kreuz / Radlsee). Up to the parking space we cycled on asphalt, but now everything is changing.

Following the signpost no. 1 we cycle on the gravelled forest path to the Rif. Chiusa al Campaccio mountain hut (Klausner Hütte). The trail is easy to drive, it runs steadily uphill, but without steep ascents. Coniferous forests and alpine meadows alternate, after the Rif. Chiusa the path becomes a little steeper up to the Rungger Huts, where the 2,000-metre mark is located. Another 2 km we can still drive well from here, then the path gets stonier, the gravel road turns into a mountain path. On the last kilometre up to the mountain hut it becomes exhausting and continuous driving is hardly possible anymore. A little pushing, however, is no disgrace on such washed-out and steep terrain. At the top we enjoy the view on the Dolomites and of course a deserved lunch. For our descent we take the same route.

Author: AT

Please note: if you want to do this mountain bike tour, please take information about the current conditions on site!

Starting point: Valle Isarco Cycle Path south of Bressanone, junction sports grounds Schrambach
Destination: Croce di Lazfons Mountain Hut
Route: Schrambach, state road 74 to Velturno, state road 142 to Lazfons, road to the Kühhof parking space, path no. 1 to the Rif. Chiusa mountain hut and to the Croce di Lazfons
Distance: approx. 20 km each direction
Cycling time: approx. 5 hours ascent, 1.5 hours descent
Altitude difference: 1,800 m
Altitude level: between 540 and 2,305 m a.s.l.
Characteristics: approx. 10 km asphalt and 9 km gravel road, 1 km mountain path (partly to push)
Suited for e-bikes? yes, 95% of the route are ideal, the last 500 m can also be managed by e-bike. The estimated time (uphill) is halved.
Short variant: who wants to shorten the tour and drive as a pure MTB tour (only forest roads and mountain paths), can drive by car to Lazfons up to the parking space Kühhof and start from there. Kilometres, altitude difference and driving times are reduced by approx. 60%.
Experienced in: June 2018

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