Salzburger Saalachtal - Grimmige AchtDayTrip
"The so called "Grim Eight", starting from Lofer, really lives up to it's name! You will have to ride up some steep climbs and ride a few nice trails. But those views and the scenery take you to another world! "
We start in the small and cozy town of Lofer. From here we head straight on the bike path towards the “Wildental”. This stunning valley will reward you with amazing views, so please push through the steep bit at the beginning of the climb. 😉 Soon we leave this small and quiet road for some gravel. Again it’s getting steeper but is doable with good gearing!
And BAM: The landscape opens up again, you will be amazed by the breathtaking mountain scenery a big smile on your face! The “Hundalm” has some small cozy Alpine huts. Be sure to take a short rest before you head down the steep descend.
Back in the valley and heading down the stream of the Saalach river towards Schneizlreuth in the neighbouring Bavaria. In no time we will head up again towards the “Aschauer Höhenweg” a small alpine gravelroad with breathtaking stone tunnels and stunning views down the valley and towards the rocky mountains of the “Loferer Steinberge”. The climb has short steep sections but is generally good gradient and surface to ride!
Shortly before the top you have the pleasure of a nice single trail Leading to the top. And again: the forest opens up for crazy mountain views! This seems to be a repeating pattern here. 😜
Oh have you noticed? We’re already back in Austria and beautiful SalzburgerLand! There is a beautiful Alpine hut on top! Check if it’s open for some refreshment. In any case you will find a fountain for water. A fast descend leads down to the Salzburger Saalach valley again. But be careful, some corners are tricky. So please keep the rubber side down.
Down at at river we cycle back to Lofer along the Saalach river and enjoy the views for a bit more. Back in Lofer you will have plenty of possibilities for getting some traditional food and drinks and celebrate the ride you had with friends!
Best of all: As it’s a figure eight you can take off the opposite direction and ride the route all again!