The classic Karwendel round trip
Your best starting point for this MTB trip
should be Mittenwald. Mittenwald is a small town in the middle of
the Alps located near munich in Germany and famous for
its mountains and violins. Parking areas are located at the
Seinsbach or at the Karwendelbahn. From
here you can start with a warm up and speed down at the end of the
day. The first 7km are flat rolling through the Ried to
Scharnitz, where we turn in front of the church to the left
following the signs to Karwendeltäler.
After crossing the bridge over the Isar
river we leave this street to the left and have our first steep
climb. At the first turn we say goodbye to asphalt and take the way
to the right. At about km 10 you can lay back and enjoy the
surroundings. Below the Sonnenplatten
and along the
Karwendelbach, passing Karwendelsteg,
Schanzlklamm and Pleisenreise the ride climbs gently
to the Larchetalm resort. If
you are hungry, you may have a Kaiserschmarrn there - but better
to wait with lunch until you have reached the Karwendelhaus after a
comfortable ride to Angeralm
and a steeper
finish over about 300 meters of altitude over gravelled serpentines.
Fresh and well-fed we check the upward
traction of our tyres on a short uphill to Hochalmsattel,
fix our helmet and ride down the first 400 meters and 5 km down
to Kleiner Ahornboden.
Whether the downhill is a struggle or fun depends on how fresh the
gravel on the way down from Hochalm is. The
first kilometer is often loose gravel. Afterwards downhill
gets better most of the time and leads us down over rocky cart
trails. Shortly before we arrive at the Ahornboden a deep
gravelled trench waits for us. It is OK if you push your bike
If you are still fresh at the Ahornboden, you may take an
extra trip to the Falkenhütte. Turn to the right at the von-Barth
monument and for 6 km in distance and 450 m more in altitude. Your reward will be a
picturesque view to one of Karwendel's greatest climbing
areas, the walls of the Laliderer.
The way further, after a short sun tanning rest, goes straight ahead, past the monument and onto
the Johannistal downhill ride for the next 10 kilometers. Wide
forrest roads let us set a new personal high speed and the
small ascent at the dilapidated Johannestalalm
may be taken with the large chainring.
We pass the sign
"Schluchtweg gesperrt" in Rißbachtal and carry on
straight ahead until we reach the street at Hinterriß.
After the small village we leave the asphalt following the sign to
"Fereinalm". We climb about 4 km on a comfortable
forest road and climb 340 m in altitude when we pass the
Vordersbacher Au and ride down to Bärnbach Furt.
Depending on the depth of water we balance over the rocks or wade through the water.
You should not turn to right then, because the way down to Vorderriß is heavily blocked for bikers.
So we turn to the left and take the last 3 km and 270 m forest path uphill to Vereinalm and the new Krinner-Kofler Hütte.
The old one was destroyed in winter 2001 by an avalanche.
The last highlight of our trip is a homemade apple cake. But
it is only available if we are not too late and the weather
forecast was not too bad. Then a last short uphill and we fly
down to Mittenwald. Be aware of oncoming car