Passo Gardena to Wolkenstein

Alta Badia

Dolomites

Val Gardena/Alpe di Siusi

Trentino-Alto Adige

A long and scenic descent beneath some magnificent mountain architecture.

Mountain Biking Difficult

Distance
8.7 km
Ascent
71 m
Descent
720 m
Duration
0-1 hrs
Low Point
1.6 km
High Point
2.2 km
Gradient
10˚
Passo Gardena to Wolkenstein Map

After a long and tough section from Passo Pordoï to the Plans- Frara gondola, not many riders can (or should!) resist a drink on the terrace of the Rifugio Jimmi, the start point for this trail. The terrace enjoys an epic view of the Sella towers and has some great lazy boy-style chairs in which to relax and take it all in.

Description

When you do finally get back on your bike, the riding on this section of the Sella Ronda is wonderful, combining fun singletrack with some close-up views of a series of dramatic rock faces. The overall feel of the ride is quite wild despite the proximity of roads virtually the way down.

Begin by ripping down well-prepared trails which lead down to the Hotel Cir and then down further through a series of meadows. As the trail drifts left, towards the rock faces of the Sella towers, it becomes more of a smooth track and it does involve some very short climbs. The ambience created by the rock walls and the beautiful forest through which the trail passes should make it all pretty bearable, but after a long day in the saddle the uphills - brief as they are - can feel like a bit of a pain.

Eventually, you'll roll into Plan de Gralba and from there it's an easy ride down into Wolkenstein itself. Wolkenstein is a bustling little town, with cafes and restaurants galore, so if you started the Sella Ronda here, park outside one of the many pizzerias and toast your success!

Difficulty

Difficult

Mostly stable trail tread with some variability featuring larger and more unavoidable obstacles that may include, but not be limited to: bigger stones, roots, steps, and narrow curves. Compared to lower intermediate, technical difficulty is more advanced and grades of slopes are steeper. Ideal for upper intermediate riders.

Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.

Remoteness

2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

June, July, August, September

Features

  • Technical
  • Picturesque
  • Singletrack
  • In the forest
  • Road sections
  • Roots
  • Rock Gardens

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