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Four Lakes MTB Tour

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The Four Lakes MTB Tour delights with magnificent views of the mountain panorama and with crystal-clear lakes, by which you can take a break after the physically demanding ascent.
moderate
Distance 29.2 km
4:40 h
1,380 m
1,308 m

From Engelberg railway station, the starting point of the Four Lakes Bike Tour, you ride to the lower terminus of the TITLIS cableways and continue left along the metalled Gerschnistrasse (you must expect works traffic on the road) towards Untertrübsee. Past the Untertrübsee alp, a gravel path turns off to the left after about a kilometre. From there on, strong legs are required. The coarse gravel places high demands on fitness and riding technique. The views of the Titlis and the knowledge that a chairlift will take you to the top will help you forget the strain. The 400-plus metres in elevation gain from Lake Trüb to the Joch pass can be mastered with the chairlift. From here, the route takes you along a beautifully designed single trail (1 metre wide) towards Lake Engstlen. Need a short break? Cool off in the crystal-clear glacier water. Once you have passed the lake, you follow a stretch of approx. 600 m along the Spycherflue up to Tannalp. Now you follow a wide metalled road along deep blue Lake Tannalp and beautiful alpine pastures, descending gently towards Lake Melch. Once you arrive at Melchsee-Frutt, take Melchtalerstrasse to Stöckalp.

The route can also be completed in reverse.

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Update: August 17, 2021
Difficulty
S2 moderate
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
2,207 m
Lowest point
997 m
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Safety information

Expect works traffic on the road between Gerschnistrasse and Untertrübsee.

Melchtalerstrasse leading down to Stöckalp is only passable at odd hours (e.g. 11.00-11.40 hrs).

Tips and hints

Start

Engelberg (999 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'673'582E 1'185'831N
DD
46.819568, 8.402885
DMS
46°49'10.4"N 8°24'10.4"E
UTM
32T 454451 5185286
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Destination

Stöckalp

Note

Wildlife refuge Trüebsee 4: November 01 - May 15
all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Nationale und internationale Verbindungen (ab Zürich Flughafen Verbindungen im Halbstundentakt mit ca. 1h Fahrzeit) bis Luzern. Danach mit der Zentralbahn in 43 Minuten durch abwechslungsreiche Landschaft und Schluchten hinauf nach Engelberg.

Getting there

Mit dem Auto fahren Sie auf der A2 (Basel-Gotthard) bis Stans Süd, dann auf der Hauptstrasse 20 km nach Engelberg. Engelberg liegt 30 Minuten von Luzern, 1 Stunde und 15 Minuten von Basel, Zürich oder Bern.

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'673'582E 1'185'831N
DD
46.819568, 8.402885
DMS
46°49'10.4"N 8°24'10.4"E
UTM
32T 454451 5185286
w3w 
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

Engelberg’s sports shops have a wide range of bikes and cycling accessories for sale or hire. It’s also worth stopping by if your bike is in need of repairs or replacement parts.

Basic Equipment for Mountain Biking

  • Cycling helmet
  • Cycling gloves
  • Sturdy, comfortable and preferably waterproof footwear
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket)
  • Sunglasses
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass

Technical Equipment for Mountain Biking

  • Air pump or CO2 pump including cartridges
  • Puncture repair kit
  • Replacement inner tube
  • Tire levers
  • Chain tool
  • Hex keys
  • Phone / device holder as required  
  • Bike lock as required
  • Where applicable, the bike must meet requirements for road use by having a bell, front and rear lamps and spoke reflectors
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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Difficulty
S2 moderate
Distance
29.2 km
Duration
4:40 h
Ascent
1,380 m
Descent
1,308 m

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