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A journey deep into a desolate valley, with no summit or pass to aim for, this is a trip for riders who enjoy a journey more than completing a ticklist.
The riding is technically easy throughout, albeit physically strenuous in the upper part of the valley. Park on a hairpin bend next to a large information board then saddle up and ride north into the valley.
Climb gently for a few kilometres to reach a stunning 100 metre long lake, from where there's an epic view of the glaciated mountains to the south.
Jump back on your bike and continue climbing up to the welcoming and well-positioned Sonntagsalm.
Grab a bit of refreshment and then continue up into the upper part of the Trattenbachtal. The first hut you reach is the charming Trattenbach-Grundalm; an ideal place to grab another drink! Carry on climbing from the alm up to the Trattenbach-Hochalm, which is still a working farm.
It's actually a rather desolate place and not nearly as appealing as the Trattenbach-Grundalm but it's in an amazing position and feels awfully wild! Jump back on your bike and fire back down to the Trattenbach-Grundalm and then further to the lower valley.
It's possible to skip out the Sonntagsalm on the way down - just follow the line we've drawn and your route out of the valley will be downhill all the way. Tear back down to the information board and - if you're still feeling keen - catch the Wildkogelbahn lift up and ride our Steiner Alm route.