This is one of my very favourite cycling routes. A steep, beautiful climb, surrounded by high mountains. After a perfect Saturday climbing Grosse Scheidegg, the weather held out for one more stunning ride in the high Swiss Alps.
The ride starts in Lauterbrunnen and turns immediately uphill. The road alternates between paved and good quality gravel. It’s a steady, steep climb through light woods with occasional views of Wengen, the valley below, and snow topped mountains.
At about 1500 metres the views open up as the route approaches the car-free town of Murren. The views are just unbelievable for the rest of the ride.
It’s flattish passing through Murren (1630 metres) – and then things get fun. Following a beautiful little signed mountain bike path to Shiltalp the road keeps going higher and higher.
Just past the little farm at Shiltalp it’s possible to do one more kilometre and reach 2000 metres before the trail ends.
To descend, I double backed to Murren and followed the superb paved path down to the quaint perched village of Gimmelwald. From here it’s
possible to continue on rougher trails down to Stechelberger (I’ve done this a couple of times), but I decided to take a cable car down instead.
At the bottom, I bumped into Doreen, and we rode back to Lauterbrunnen through the amazing water-fall filled valley.