The “Alps Epic Trail Davos” was designated 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. Switzerland's longest track unbundling now provides even more flow.
If you ride up almost 1000 metres in altitude from Jakobshorn to Filisur and down much more, you are on the over 40-kilometre-long “Alps Epic Trail Davos”. The trail showpiece par excellence. The well-known mountain bike route in the destination of Davos Klosters is the first and so far the only one in Switzerland to have been designated an “Epic Trail” by the international mountain bike organization “IMBA”. Its inclusion in the Olympus of the best mountain bike trails has raised its profile enormously within a short space of time. No wonder: only three other routes in Europe in Finland, Wales and Iceland have received this award so far.
Part of this route runs along the path from Jakobshorn to Sertig and up to the Rinerhorn, which is also very popular for hiking. In the summer months of June to October 2019 alone, 21,000 hikers and 9,800 bikers were counted on this route. And the trend is upwards. So it's sometimes like shopping before holidays or in the "rush hour" of commuting: wherever people get too close, they get into each other's hair. Bikers, for example, want to ride single trails without constantly slowing down. Hikers, on the other hand, want to enjoy nature without the feeling that someone is constantly approaching from behind. Time for a trail unbundling.
Last summer, the Trail Crew started construction work. As this is the longest unbundling of this kind in Switzerland, Davos Klosters is once again taking on a pioneering role in the biking sector. The new trail sections are a total of 8.2 kilometres long. The trail is laid out so that it always runs a few metres above the mountain bike trail. While bikers used to have to pass hikers on the same trail, in future hikers and bikers will only share paths on short sections. And the most important thing: the trail character is preserved. For the construction, stones were used on site and removed surface layers were used for the renaturation of wild paths.
Speaking of construction, the path division progressed faster than planned and has been completed as of summer 2023. On the Äbirügg to Sertig Sand section, about 75 percent of the total route has been separated, with around 50 percent complete from the Jakobshorn reservoir to Sertig village. On the most important section, i.e. the downhill from Witiberg, bikers don't have to slow down for hikers.
IMBA Epic Trails are mountain bike routes around the world that offer backcountry adventure and have more than 80% single track or a length of at least 20 miles (approx. 32 km).
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. As the trail is not officially signposted, here is a detailed tour description.
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.
From Jenisberg, the steep road leads down to Wiesen railway station. Be careful of oncoming vehicles here. From Wiesen station, leave route 337 and follow the hiking trail sign to Leidboden, always along the Landwasser until you are under the Landwasser viaduct. After this impressive sight, the ascent to Filisur station follows, where you should treat yourself to a Filisurer Bio Glacé while waiting for the train.