MTB tour Lienz Dolomites Road - Karlsbader mountain hut

This demanding mountain bike tour leads us from the East Tyrolean district capital of Lienz up to the Laserzsee lake at 2,260 m asl.

We start in the village centre of Lienz and cycle past Tristach (650 m asl.) until the junction of the Dolomitenstraße road (signposts to the lake “Tristacher See”). With an average gradient off 16 % the route proceeds up to the Dolomitenhütte mountain hut at 1,620 m asl. The asphalt surface is comfortable to drive but the continuous ascent demands a lot of stamina.

After a refreshment at the Dolomitenhütte, the gravelled path up to the Rif. Karlsbader mountain hut starts. Through an high alpine landscape we reach the timberline and cycle into the heart of the Dolomites. At 2,260 m asl. the beautiful mountain hut is located, only few steps from the Laserzsee lake. After this really arduous ascent, we get amply rewarded by the beauty of the landscape and a fantastic view on the High Tauern.

The racy downhill ride along the same route is managed in a fraction of the time. But it’s a little challenge for the brake pads!

Author: AT

Important: if you want to do this cycle tour, please take information about the current conditions on site!

Starting point: Lienz
Route: Lienz - Tristach - Kreithof - Dolomitenhütte mountain hut - Karlsbader mountain hut
Distance: 17 km (12.5 km in a steep gradient)
Cycling time: 2.5 - 4 hours (uphill), approx. 30 minutes (downhill)
Altitude difference: 1,610 m
Altitude level: between 650 (Tristach) and 2,260 m asl (Lake Laserzsee)
Level of difficulty: difficult
Experienced in: September 2015
Further information: Karlsbader mountain hut, phone: +43 664 9759998

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