This is a beautiful high Alpine tours with stunning scenery and some amazing trails. It is a true "All-mountain" day with everthing from technical to flowy trails, steep climbs, hike-a-bike and finishing with more than a 1000m singletrail descent to the train station in Lungern. This tour is not suitable for beginner mountain bikers.
Engstlenalp (Schaftal)2,7 kmRossboden Hütte3,2 kmHotel Engstlenalp3,3 kmEngstlenalp (1.835 m)3,4 kmTannalp (1.974 m)5,9 kmBalmeregghorn (2.255 m)10,9 kmHääggenstubeli16,1 kmBergrestaurant Käserstatt19,1 kmKäserstatt (Hohbiel)19,3 kmSchonegg (1.951 m)21,6 kmChline Gibel (1.999 m)21,9 kmLungern29,5 kmBahnhöfli29,5 km
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As a proper days mountain biking it is difficult to beat this tour. The vast majority of the tour is on singletrail and it brings you through the heart of the alps through some of the finest scenery you will find anywhere. The tour is a lot more physical than the statistics might imply, especially for those unfamiliar with riding in Alpine terrain. Don't let the fact that you arrive easily at Jochpass with the help of the lifts fool you into thinking this is an easy day in the mountains.
There are a number of highlights on the tour for me. The view from Jochpass down to Engstlensee gets me right in the mood for a great day in the alps from the very start. The views from the top of Balmeregghorn of the Trift Glacier and the Berneroberland are absolutely stunning on a sunny day. The traverse from Balmeregghorn to Planblatten is an experience in itself and often here you feel like you are in the clouds as they litterly fly past you changing the weather from sunshine to fog in a matter of minutes.
The traverse of the ski area in Meirignen is for the most part quite flowy with a few short but sharp climbs before and after Kaiserstadt. From Kaiserstadt it is possible to descend to Meiringen, but it is worth the effort to get up to Gibel for the views of Brienzer and Lungern lakes and also the singletrail descent to the train station in Lungern.
The tour starts high up on the Engerlberger Jochpass(2207m) which can be reached quite easily using the cable-cars and seat lifts from the Engelberg resort. For this familiar with the area in winter the colours make it a whole new experience in summer.
From Jochpass take a right at the top of the lift and follow the wanderweg signs for Engstlensee. The trail starts almost immediately and the view down over the lake is breathtaking. Don't focus too much on the view though as the trail itself requires a certain amount of concentration too. Directly from Jochpass the trail is a great mix of some nice rocky technical challenges with a few switchbacks and some faster flowy sections thrown in for good measure. A perfect start to a long day riding singletrail. (Note, in 2011 the singletrail going directly from the top of the lift at Jochpass was closed to bikes. There is now a bike trail descending to the lake just past the mountainstation of the seat lift coming up from Engstlensee)
From Engstlensee the route goes to Engstlenalp and then climbs quite steeply on a nice section of single trail to Tannalp. This section of trail has some exposure in some areas so care is needed. Its better to push the bike if you are unsure. At Tannalp you will come on to a paved road for a short distance before turning left unto an unpaved road around the eastern side of Tannensee. After about 200m on the unpaved road a single trail veers uphill to your left, take this trail following signposts for Erzegg and Balmeregghorn.
Shortly after Erzegg the trail goes up onto the ridge-line and with a steep drop to both sides. It continues along this ridge to Balmeregghorn. As you ride along this lift you have great views down over the ski area of Melchsee Frutt to your right and Trift Glacier and surrounding mountains to your left.
Countour around the summit of Balmeregghorn past one of the lift stations from Melchsee Frutt and there you will see a wanderweg sign for Planplatten. Follow this trail down a quite technical trail for a short distance. Soon the trail starts climbing again at times quite steep and with some obstacles to get over. There is a fair degree of exposure to the left hand side so if unsure it is best to push you bike for these sections.
At Planplatten the trail turns sharply right and descends into the ski area of Meiringen Hasliberg. The trail starts quite wide but soon narrows down to quite a flowing single trail with some rocky passages and as it contours around the hillside. Follow signs for Häägen and Käserstatt staying on what is an easily ridable single trail which undulates along the mountain side.
From Käserstatt the trail starts to climb again towards Gibel. This trail section is not very technical ascending about 150m. At Gibel veer right following wanderweg signs for Lungern. Here Lungernersee comes into view below and its now a 1100m descent to the train station at Lungern.
On the descent pass west of Horn and follow the trail towards Hüttstett. The trail to Hütstett is at times quite steep and technical, there is an option to turn left before Hüttstett and take a technical trail down to to Lungern or keep going and at Hüttstett take a slightly less technical route which regularly crosses a a paved road down to the train station.
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This tour is high alpine in nature. I would recommend a first-aid kit, 2 spare tubes, and probably at least some knee protection.
There are a number of places with exposure on this tour. It should only be attempted by mountain bikers who are already experienced in riding in high alpine terrain .
Best to travel by public transport as the tour does not start and end at the same place.
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Train from Luzern to Engelberg, short ride to the valley station of the Titlis Cablecar. Then with gondola and seat lift to the Jochpass.
Train from Lungern back to Luzern at the end of the tour.
Parking available in Engelberg, but not advisable to drive to the starting point as the tour does not end in the same place.