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Lake Bachalp Trail Grindelwald

Short facts

  • start: Grindelwald Railway station
  • destination: Grindelwald Railway station
  • medium
  • 30,60 km
  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • 1356 m
  • 2279 m
  • 1034 m
  • 100 / 100
  • 60 / 100

best season

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

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.

General information

Directions

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

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.
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
Tip

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

Getting there

Car: There are different ways to reach the region by car. The fastest way from Basel and Geneva is via Berne. The fastest route from Zurich is through Lucerne and the Brünig Pass. The pass is open in summer and winter.

From the south, the route leads over the Grimsel or Susten Pass into the region. Both passes are only open in summer. Alternatively, you can take the route via Simplon Pass and then use Lötschberg car transport.

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.

Public transit

Thanks to its central location in Europe, Switzerland is served by international trains from over 12 countries. Within Switzerland, Intercity trains run directly from Basel and Lucerne to the Jungfrau Region. Travellers from Zurich have to change in Berne. The trains run every half hour.

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