This weekend, just as many other nature lovers and sports fans did, I made the most of the beautiful weather and spent some time in the Stubai Valley. An area that’s known for its fantastic biking terrain and mountain huts, here’s an idea for anyone who wants to combine moderately difficult bike trails with relaxing stops at idyllic mountains huts and pastures:
To get started, we took our bikes on the Stubaitalbahn lift (timetable information here) from Innsbruck central station up to Fulpmes. A one-way ticket costs €5 per person and bikes are free, so long as there’s enough space.
From Fulpmes, we rode through the village to Schlick 2000 valley station and took MTB route No.514 to the ‘Vergör’ junction. From here, we followed route No.562 to the reservoir just before the Schlicker Alm pasture. After several short but steep climbs, we took a well-deserved rest by the reservoir. Next, we followed the left hand side of MTB route No.585 to Galtalm pasture hut. From here you have a wonderful view of Serles Mountain. If you’ve built up an appetite, order the Galtalmpfandl – a large pan of roast potatoes with four fried eggs. Delicious!
Since the onward journey to Knappen hut (currently closed, unfortunately) was marked as a bike route on our map, we followed it – in retrospect, I have to admit, illegally – through the forest. After 15-minutes, we realised that it was not, in fact, a mountain bike track, so we got off to push.
Immediately after the Knappen hut, the trail joins MTB route No.599 to the Kaserstattalm pasture (click here to visit the Facebook fan page). For bikers who like to ride high, the tour leads from the pasture to the Starkenburger hut (2,200-metres above sea level).
However, we chose the downhill route to Milders, before riding through Kampl and Schoenberg back to Wipptal and Route No.504, then on to the Hotel Stefansbrücke and back to Innsbruck. Alternatively, you can ride on along route No.599 to Kampl instead of travelling via Milders.
Altogether, this 50km tour took in around 1,200-metres of elevation, but it was well worth it. More tips for tours in the Stubai Valley can be found on the tourist board’s homepage, or at www.bike.tirol.at