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Lake Bachalp Trail Loop Grindelwald (Nr. 1)

Varied single trail in front of the snow-covered peaks of the Bernese Alps.

Grindelwald Tourismus
CH- 3818 Grindelwald
+41 33 854 12 12
grindelwald.swiss
info@grindelwald.swiss

Since summer 2018, the mountain bike trail at Lake Bachalp - Grindelwald is officially signposted. First, however, you’ll have to conquer the ascent from Grindelwald. The asphalt pass road leads to Grosse Scheidegg. It continues on a gravel road to First and Lake Bachalp. Once you reach the top, it's time for a bite and a break to take in the breath-taking snow-covered peaks of the Bernese Alps. Once your break is over, you will then take the 13 km descent. It is a mix of rock slabs, stepped passages, meadows and woods on the 1,200 metres downhill. The trail, overall, is mostly smooth to ride.

Grosse Scheidegg can also be reached by bus and First is accessible by cable car.

Difficulty
Medium
Distance
30.49km
Duration
4 hours, 30 minutes
Ascent
1435 vm
Descent
1440 vm
Starting Point
Grindelwald Railway station
Ending Point
Grindelwald Railway station
Top public transport friendly freerideTrial Scenic Loop With refreshment stops Mountain railway ascent/descent

Details

Difficulty
Medium
Technique
Condition
Experience
Landscape
Altitude
2308m1034m
Recommended season
  • jan
  • feb
  • mar
  • apr
  • may
  • jun
  • jul
  • aug
  • sep
  • oct
  • nov
  • dec

Author Tips

Off-peak, take the hiking trail east of Chiemattenschärm (2'006 m) to Distboden after Frist. During the day, there are too many hikers on this trail.

Equipment

  • Mountain bike (well maintained)
  • Repair kit
  • First aid kit
  • Helmet, gloves and bike bell
  • Proper attire for the weather condition (It is recommended to always check the weather conditions the day prior to riding. We recommend to always bring a rain jacket)
  • Carry adequate supplies of food and water
  • Please observe the signs and guidelines for mountain bike riders online as well as on the path

Safety Guidelines

  • Wearing gloves, helmet and MTB/Bike protective gear is recommended.
  • Use only the marked paths and roads. Always follow the signs.
  • Always close gates and pasture fences behind you.
  • Respect hikers, plants and animals
  • Hikers always have priority
  • Assess your own abilities and your physical condition carefully before riding
  • Use of the unmarked routes are at your own risk.

Directions

Starting Point

Grindelwald Railway station

Koordinates :

Geographic 46.62426 N 8.035228 E

Ending Point

Grindelwald Railway station

Step by Step Directions

Grindelwald - Grosse Scheidegg - First - Bachalpsee - Waldspitz - Grindelwald

Getting There

Public transport

Thanks to its central location in Europe, Switzerland is served by international trains from over 12 countries. Within Switzerland, intercity trains run from Basel directly to the Jungfrau Region. Bikers from Zurich and Geneva change trains in Bern. The trains run every half hour. Timetables and train tickets for arrival and departure are available in the SBB Shop. By the way: SBB offers bike day tickets.

Getting there

By car from Basel/Zurich/Geneva via Bern or Lucerne/Brünigpass. This pass is open in summer and winter. From the south, the journey leads via the Grimsel or Susten Pass (only in summer) or Simplon Pass and then the Lötschberg car transporter into the region.

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Parking

Grindelwald has public car parks with covered parking spaces: Eiger+ car park (252 parking spaces) and Sportzentrum car park (160 parking spaces). They cannot be reserved in advance. Uncovered parking spaces are available everywhere in the village.

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Grindelwald Tourismus
CH- 3818 Grindelwald
+41 33 854 12 12
grindelwald.swiss
info@grindelwald.swiss

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