Alps Epic Trail Davos

The longest single track in Switzerland

The "Alps Epic Trail Davos" was designated new IMBA Epic Trail in 2014. The trail between Jakobshorn and Filisur has thus been accepted into the prestigious circle of the world’s best mountain bike track.

Mountain bike routes featured today as IMBA Epic Trails offer fascinating backcountry experiences as well as more than 80% share of single trails or the length of at least 20 miles.

No other trail in Switzerland has until now been crowned as IMBA Epic Trail. Thus "Alps Epic Trail Davos" belongs to the circle of the best mountain bike trails in the world.

Alps Epic Trail Davos
The longest trail in Switzerland

The trail

The 45 km long "Alps Epic Trail Davos" extends from Jakobshorn via Sertig Dörfli to Davos Monstein, right up to Filisur.

Route

Jakobshorngipfel - Sertig Dörfli - Äbirügg - Bergstation Rinerhorn - Hauderalp - Oberalp - Monstein - Säge - Erzgruben - Jenisberg - Zügenschlucht - Bärentritt - Bahnhof Wiesen - Leidboden - Landwasserviadukt - Filisur

Distance, elevation gain

From Jakobshorn:
38km, 615 hm climb, 2070 hm downhill/descent

From Rinerhorn:
27km, 340 hm climb, 1315 hm downhill/descent

Highlights
  • Descent from Jakobshorn into Sertig
  • Climb from Sertig to Äbirügg
  • Trail from Rinerhorn to Monstein and directing to Jenisberg
  • Final stretch along River Landwasser from Wiesen to Filisur
Recommendation

Experience the magnificent view as you taste the local specialities at Restaurant Gässälibeiz in Jenisberg.

Tour description

Until now, no other trail in Switzerland has been crowned ‘IMBA Epic Trail’. Thus the «Alps Epic Trail Davos» belongs to the circle of the best mountain bike trails around the world.

The mountain railway takes you up to the top of Jakobshorn, to the starting point of the epic trail. Take the gravel road towards Sertig Dörfli. After a short climb, the single track begins. Since the reconstruction of the track in 2015 it is very nice and flowy to ride. Once you arrive in Sertig Dörfli, you have two options for a coffee break at the local restaurants Bergführer in Sertig Dörfli or Walserhuus in Sertig Sand. A road connects the two places. The trail head of the next single track starts next to Walserhuus, climbing up to Rinerhorn. The route 647 Rinerhorn/Sertig goes along the same track, but in the opposite direction. 

After a climb of 250 metres in altitude, you will reach the fire place on Äbirügg with superb panoramic views of Davos. From there, a gravel road leads towards the top station of the Rinerhorn mountain railway, passing by the restaurant Rinerhorn. Soon after there is a turn-off on the left side towards Monstein. This is also part of the route 335 Monstein, so it is easiest to follow these sign-posts. On a hilly and challenging track you pass by Nidel Löffel, Leidbach and Hauderalp, where dairymen sometimes keep fresh milk cooling in the fountain to refresh thirsty bikers. After a few bends on the road to Monstein the route again branches off on an exciting single track towards Oberalp and Inneralp and then downhill to Monstein. This picturesque village is worth a stop and the inns in the attractive Walser village offer bikers a warm welcome in their garden restaurants. In Monstein, you will also find the «last beerstop before heaven» - a small brewery that produces local beer. 

After a break to refuel, you follow the route 338 Zügenschlucht. From Monstein, the route leads in the direction of the old silver mines, first along a wide forest trail. A gradual climb leads up all the way to Teuf Zügji. Here you take the single track on your right and get on a technically demanding section towards Jenisberg. This part is only a pleasure for bikers free from giddiness, as there are some deep gorges along the way, while you pass by Brunnentöbeli, Löser, Chüetobel to get to the junction towards Jenisberg. 

A little detour to Jenisberg is worthwhile because of the outstanding view and the little pub called Gässälibeiz. The Alps Epic Trail however branches off in the junction before, taking a right that takes you on an exciting downhill run into the Zügenschlucht gorge. The route then leads along the old Zügenstrasse to Wiesen station. The best panoramic view of the gorge is from the Bärentritt (short flight of steps). At Wiesen Station you leave the route 337 and follow the guidepost to Leidboden. Follow the trail along the Landwasser until you stand below the Landwasserviadukt. Now, the last climb leads you up to the train station of Filisur. To shorten the wait for the train, you should treat yourself with the excellent regional ice cream, available at the pub of the train station.

Note 

The Alps Epic Trail has not been signposted. Please read the description for orientation.

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