Mountain Bike Freeride-Trails Kitzsteinhorn
Outdoor freeride trails on the Kitzsteinhorn: from the glacier to the lake - a fantastic experience from June to September
The anticipation is very high - this, you really didn't expect. So far, you have only known the Kitzsteinhorn for skiing and freeriding. In the gondola to the Alpincenter, you lean on your mountain bike and enjoy the view to the summery mountain world of the Hohe Tauern. Once arrived at the upper terminus, the choice is yours. You have decided to take the Geißstein Trail? Good choice. The anticipation grows. Helmet and rucksack on, protectors tightened, iPod on play, one more swig from the Camelbak; the red light on the GoPro Action Cam flashes and you start your ride. The suspension fork is happy to get a workout and the smile on your face gets bigger and bigger ...
Freeride-Trail Mekka in the shadow of 3.000 metres high mountains
As a rule of thumb: There where skiing, ski touring and freeriding is good in winter, there are often top conditions for mountain biking. There are several reasons for this. On one hand, the terrain in ski resorts is perfect for cool single trails and, on the other hand, the infrastructure is so well developed that the conditions for biking are excellent. This also goes for the Kitzsteinhorn. The cable car, taking a range of skiers to the glacier in late autumn, transports mountain bikers and their equipment to the top in the summer months. Only the mountain bikers pay, their bikes are transported for free. Once arrived at the Alpincenter in 2.500 metres above sea level, you can choose between three sporty freeride trails to get back to the valley.
The Geißstein Trail
It is like a ride to heaven through stunning alpine terrain. Starting at the Alpincenter and after pushing the pedals a few times, you are taken in by the initially flowy Geißstein Trail. Small jumps and banked turns get you and your bike going. Just when you are in proper flow, the trail branches to the right, leading along a ridge with fantastic views and providing you with everything you and your tyres have been looking forward to: small rocks, drops, natural jumps and perfectly shaped turns and curve. You will have a big smile on your face when you get back to reality at the Langwiedboden, having left the Geißstein Trail after 3.144 metres and around 500 altitude metres.
The Wüstlau Trail
Recovered from the warm-up tour on the Geißstein? Then get ready for a first-class descent. With 7.700 metres in length and a difference of 1.070 altitude metres, the Wüstlau Trail lets your brake linings melt. First across the soil of alpine pastures with sensationally shaped banked turns, the trail then follows the lower section of the hiking trail's natural route where your hairpin bend technique will be put to the test. Fast sections alternate with technically challenging sequences. Playful enough to get going but technically too sophisticated to go without braking. You will love this trail just as much as we do.
The Bachler Trail
Beginners and anyone who prefer a more moderate pace will get here what their heart desires. The Bachler Trail is our alternative to the Wüstlau Trail. The trail with 5.200 metres in length and 600 altitude metres is beautiful to bike. The route is dominated by flowy terrain and wide curves, which can be taken safely and risk-free without having to complete intensive technique trainings. The Bachler Trail - our "Flow Master" - is accessible via an opposite ascent at the trail into the valley. If you choose this trail, then make sure your bike is suitable for uphill-biking as you will have a rather exhausting way ahead otherwise.
- Trail, enduro bike or freeride bike
- Range of spring from 150 mm - fun is guaranteed
- Geißstein & Wüstlau Trail good for downhill bikes
- Bachler Trail better by enduro or all-mountain bike
- Helmet, gloves, arm and knee protectors
- Well-fitting rucksack with hydration pack
- First Aid kit - just in case
- Spare tube, repair kit, tyre lever
- For downhill bikes - full-face helmet and back protector
- Warm clothes to change into - 2.500 m above sea level