Distance 13.68 km
Duration 1:15 Hours
The first section of the route begins at the heart of the idyllic mountain village of Grächen, before moving on to Schalbettu via Gasenried, climbing gently over gravel paths and passing through an enchanting stretch of forest. After Schalbettu, the route crosses the Riedbach river and continues on the gravel path for a few hundred metres before leading onto a wonderful trail that hugs the mountainside for its first two kilometres and continues into the Mattertal Valley. If that doesn’t leave you short of breath, the high-Alpine panorama with views of iconic mountains such as the Weisshorn and the Zinalrothorn should do the trick. Simply breathtaking. Once you reach the Balmu region, there are downhill sections and trails to enjoy. The top-quality single trail to Mattsand is varied and full of surprises, promising unlimited fun for bikers. From Mattsand, you can return to St. Niklaus or join the Visp–Zermatt connecting trail (No. 150).
Quality of the experience
The route is signposted in one direction only: Grächen -> Gasenried -> Mattsand
Regular rail connections from across Switzerland to St. Niklaus. Continue by postal bus to Grächen. Remember to reserve your space for bike transport on bus.
Ideally go to St. Niklaus.
We recommend: a bike in excellent working order, a helmet, gloves and a bell, clothing suitable for the weather (always carry a waterproof), food and drink.