Bike & Hike
Up and down!
Cycling is popular as never before and there’s a real hiking boom. It’s only logical that a combination of both has launched a new trend! It’s called “Bike & Hike”, which means you do the first stage on your bike and then continue on foot to the summit!
Why is Zillertal such a sought-after destination for bikers? Its biggest advantage is its variety! Whether you’re underway with the family or as an ambitious biker – there’s something for everybody in Zillertal! There are over 1,400 km of cycling tracks and eight cable cars to whisk bikers up the mountain in comfort – ready for adventure! The infrastructure is well developed, and the many new Bike & Hike stations round off this perfect package. As I like to say: here, we have full catering with all the options.
What are Bike & Hike stations? They are specially-constructed and signposted stations on the mountain, where you can leave your bike and continue on foot. Most of them also have a charging station for e-bikes. The idea behind this is very simple: You can start in the valley and do the beginning and the first uphill stages of the trail by bike, thus getting pretty close to the summit. This is followed by a hike, which is a perfect finish to the day. On the return route, there’s no need to plod the whole way back down the hill on foot – you can just grab your bike and enjoy the ride. It’s fun – and easy on the knee joints..
What do I need to know? It’s important to have the right equipment: helmet, gloves, weatherproof clothing and good shoes are paramount, as well as a mobile phone and a first aid kit. But above all, it’s important to plan your tour in detail beforehand – and to check the weather! The best way to do it is to go on a discovery tour with a bike guide.
What bikers need to know when cycling outdoors:
- Respect cycling bans – These may indicate the danger of falling rock or log work – or they may mark a hunting ground..
- Ride by sight – Even though it’s fun to ride fast – on the mountain, it’s particularly important to keep control of your bike at all times. Therefore, it’s important to keep enough distance from the rider in front so that you can stop at any time, for example, if wild animals cross your path, or other unexpected obstacles appear.
- Show consideration – Show consideration for hikers and grazing animals, and always close pasture fences. Keep right, and be aware that there may be oncoming traffic in the form of utility vehicles.
- Don’t overestimate yourself – It’s particularly important to plan a bike tour to match your own ability and not to force yourself. Make sure to check the current weather conditions before you start.
- Don’t leave any traces – It’s obvious that you can’t just throw away your garbage. But: don’t leave any traces with your bike either. Wheel tracks in the terrain are not “cool” – they just indicate poor cycling technique.
Our tip: Bike & Hike Stoamandlweg
First destination: Wedelhütte. Here you can park the bikes to tackle the climb to the summit of Wimbachkopf.
This breathtaking panorama hiking trail leads from the Wedelhütte along the ridge to the Wimbachkopf summit and on to the Kristallhütte – or vice versa. Along the way, you will see what are called “Stoamandln” (cairns). These are piles of stones which look like little men and are part of a long alpine tradition. They are used to mark the hiking trails and are even visible in the snow. There are an unusually large number of them along this trail. Feel free to build some new ones!