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Isenthal Bike - 403 SwitzerlandMobility

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Follow the tracks of the country’s last bear. The tour to Isenthal, perched high above Lake Lucerne, represents a technical and physical challenge, even for experienced MTB’ers.
difficult
Distance 34.2 km
5:30 h
1,350 m
1,350 m
1,769 m
434 m

Isleten, reached via the Swiss Path beside Lake Uri, is where the ascent starts; it is accompanied by fabulous views of the lake. Moving inland, you at last come to the pretty little mountain village of Isenthal, where in 1820 Switzerland’s last bear was hunted down and shot. Beyond Isenthal, you follow the gently rising road to St. Jakob. The route then steepens as you pass through wild and romantic woods and alpine meadows to reach the Chimiboden. The tour starts to bare its teeth in the rear part of the valley. The path to the highest point of the route, the Hinter Alp, is steep and rough. Once there, you can sample the local produce and savour the views at the charming alpine refuge. Refreshed and fortified, it is time for the descent. You will love the single trail to the Gossalp junction. Along the cooling Isenthalerbach, you follow the uphill stretch to the outskirts of the village. The single trail via Birchi rewards you with stunning views of Lake Uri at the Chäppeli vantage point. Enjoy a brief rest before launching yourself down the winding Isenthal road.

 

Tip(s)

The tour is waymarked no. 403 throughout.

Author’s recommendation

Put your skills to the test on the local handicrafts thematic trail.
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Author
Uri Tourismus AG 
Update: October 20, 2020
Difficulty
S2 difficult
Technique
Stamina
Landscape
Highest point
1,769 m
Lowest point
434 m

Tips and hints

Handicrafts thematic trail

Start

Altdorf (447 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'690'968E 1'192'337N
DD
46.875936, 8.631974
DMS
46°52'33.4"N 8°37'55.1"E
UTM
32T 471955 5191443
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Destination

Altdorf

Turn-by-turn directions

Altdorf - Isleten - Isenthal - St. Jakob - Chimiboden - Gossalp - Hinter Alp - Gossalp - Steinhüttli - Bielrüti - Isenthal - Isleten - Altdorf

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Take the bus or train to Altdorf station, where this tour starts.

Getting there

Von der Autobahn A2 und von der Axenstrasse her kommend in Richtung Altdorf fahren, anschliessend Abzweiger zum Bahnhof nehmen.

Parking

Kostenpflichtiger Parkplatz am Bahnhof Altdorf.

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'690'968E 1'192'337N
DD
46.875936, 8.631974
DMS
46°52'33.4"N 8°37'55.1"E
UTM
32T 471955 5191443
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

Basic Equipment for Mountain Biking

  • Cycling helmet
  • Cycling gloves
  • Sturdy, comfortable and preferably waterproof footwear
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket)
  • Sunglasses
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass

Technical Equipment for Mountain Biking

  • Air pump or CO2 pump including cartridges
  • Puncture repair kit
  • Replacement inner tube
  • Tire levers
  • Chain tool
  • Hex keys
  • Phone / device holder as required  
  • Bike lock as required
  • Where applicable, the bike must meet requirements for road use by having a bell, front and rear lamps and spoke reflectors
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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Difficulty
S2 difficult
Distance
34.2 km
Duration
5:30 h
Ascent
1,350 m
Descent
1,350 m
Highest point
1,769 m
Lowest point
434 m
Circular route Scenic Refreshment stops available

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