Swiss Transalp: Grindelwald to Leissigen

Grindelwald, Wengen and Mürren

Kleine Scheidegg/Männlichen

Bernese Oberland

Day 3 of the exhilarating MTB Transalp from Lucerne to Aosta

Mountain Biking Severe

Distance
42 km
Ascent
1.4 km
Descent
1.8 km
Duration
3-4 hrs
Low Point
558 m
High Point
2.1 km
Gradient
12˚
Swiss Transalp: Grindelwald to Leissigen Map

The day starts with a huge climb up the Kleine Scheidegg Pass, which translates to “minor watershed” in English. At an elevation of 2,061m, confusingly, it's in fact bigger than its sister pass the Große Schiedegg.

Description

The views, climbs, and descent are totally spectacular. Rising above the sheer rock faces and fractured glaciers, you’ll spot the world-famous triumvirate: Eiger, Mönch, and the Jungfraujoch. From the pass, you'll fly down to the glamorous town of Mürren, enjoying a fantastically long unadulterated stretch of singletrack. At Mürren, carry on to Lautterbrunnen along a dirt road and then jump on a bike path to Wilderswil, Interlaken, Meielisalp, and finally Leissigen. Leissigen sits on the banks of the humongous and exceptionally beautiful Lake Thun. This whole area around Lake Thun is known to be one of the most stunning in all of Switzerland, so plan an extra rest day here if you want to explore more. Be aware, like every famously pretty place, there are likely to be flocks of tourists in peak season, so book early to bag the best accommodation options with great views of the lake. Sources https://www.mtb-news.de/forum/t/ta-vierwaldstaettersee-lac-leman.688902/ https://www.thunersee.ch/reiseziele/thunersee/leissigen

Difficulty

Severe

Widely variable, narrow trail tread with steeper grades and unavoidable obstacles of 15in/38cm tall or less. Obstacles may include unavoidable bridges 24in/61cm wide or less, large rocks, gravel, difficult root sections, and more. Ideal for advanced-level riders.

High Exposure

3 out of 4

Some trail sections have exposed ledges or steep ascents/descents where falling could cause serious injury.

Remoteness

2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

June, July, August, September, October

Features

  • Flow
  • Technical
  • Hike a bike
  • Picturesque
  • Singletrack
  • Road sections

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