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From Selva Gardena to the Stone City and Mahlknechtjoch

Mountain Biking · Val Gardena Dolomites
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  • In der „Steinernen Stadt“ am Sellajoch
    In der „Steinernen Stadt“ am Sellajoch
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This mountain bike tour takes us to the well-known rock formations of the Stone City and to the Mahlknechtjoch. The fascinating Dolomite panorama and the views of the mountain peaks inspire us throughout the entire tour and never cease to amaze us.
difficult
Distance 42.4 km
6:45 h
1,707 m
1,707 m
2,214 m
1,409 m

Scenically, the tour is an absolute highlight of this region for us bikers.

We start in Selva Gardena and cycle steadily uphill towards the Stone City. At the beginning still quite flat, the gradient increases steadily as we go on, which causes our strength to dwindle noticeably. The last section of the climb in particular runs along a narrow path and demands our full concentration and a good level of fitness. Due to a rockfall on the Sassolungo, we recognise a wide variety of rock formations, known as the Stone City. The summit of the Sassolungo rises majestically in front of us and we can linger at will and enjoy the view.

Afterwards, a long descent awaits us, which has some difficult sections and challenges our technical skills. We pass the Rifugio Valentin, where we find a nice place to stop for a break.

Then we cycle uphill, very steeply in places, towards the Mahlknechtjoch. The magnificent panorama of the Dolomites during the ascent quickly makes us forget about the mud. At the end of the climb we have a beautiful view that stretches from the Rosengarten group to the Langkofel and Plattkofel mountains and on to the Schlern.

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Impressed, we continue our tour downhill on a beautiful trail, which is very narrow and technically demanding in places.

This descent is followed by the next ascent to the Zallinger Hütte, where we have successfully mastered the last uphill metres. With a wonderful mountain backdrop and good food, it was a good place to stay.

Afterwards, we continue downhill, pass Monte Pana and finally return to our starting point in Wolkenstein.

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Stefan Waibel
Update: August 16, 2021
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Highest point
2,214 m
Lowest point
1,409 m
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Start

Selva (1,571 m)
Coordinates:
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46.553790, 11.762098
DMS
46°33'13.6"N 11°45'43.6"E
UTM
32T 711727 5159287
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Destination

Selva

Turn-by-turn directions

Start in Selva Gardena. Continue to Plan de Gralba. Then to the Sella Alm. Past the Stone City to the Rifugio Valentin. Then to the Hotel Lubo Bianco. Then to Canazei. Continue to Campitello di Fassa. Past the Duron hut and the Lino Brach hut in the direction of Gasthof Dialer. Then to the Zallinger hut. Then in the direction of Monte Pana. Continue to Ciaslat. Finally back to Selva Gardena.

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Getting there

On the Brenner motorway A22 to the exit „Klausen/Gröden“, continue in the direction of Ortisei, there continue to Selva Gardena.

Parking

Parking spaces in the Nives parking garage

Coordinates

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46.553790, 11.762098
DMS
46°33'13.6"N 11°45'43.6"E
UTM
32T 711727 5159287
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

Roadworthy (e-)mountain bike with plenty of suspension travel, cycle helmet, if necessary enduro or full-face helmet, if necessary elbow and knee protectors, if necessary back and shin protectors, day cycle rucksack (approx. 20 litres) with rain cover, mountain bike shoes with knee protection, weatherproof and hard-wearing clothing in multiple layers (e.g. functional shirt, cycling jersey, bib shorts, arm warmers and leg warmers). (e.g. functional shirt, cycling jersey, bib shorts, arm warmers and leg warmers), unbreakable cycling glasses, long-finger gloves, air pump, cycling tools, sun and rain protection, provisions and drinking water, water bottle and suitable holder, first aid kit, pocket knife, mobile phone, if necessary mobile phone holder for the handlebars, if necessary headlamp and reflectors, map material.

Localisation

Parts of this content were machine translated using German as the source language for the translation


Questions and answers

Question from Andreas Theiner · August 12, 2021 · Community
Hallo, wir haben die Tour gestern mit "normalen" (ohne Strom) Mountainbikes abgefahren. Bist du diese Tour in 3:30 Std. mit einem E-Bike abgefahren? Wir haben 6 Std. benötigt und sind sehr trainierte Bike-Fahrer aus Südtirol.
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Answered by Wiebke Hillen · August 16, 2021 · Outdooractive Editors
Hallo Andreas, danke für deinen Hinweis. Der Autor der Tour ist leider nicht mehr bei uns im Haus, daher kann ich ihn nicht dazu befragen. Ich habe die Tour jedoch nachgeroutet und nun errechnet das System auch eine längere Dauer. Viele Grüße aus der Outdooractive Redaktion

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Difficulty
difficult
Distance
42.4 km
Duration
6:45 h
Ascent
1,707 m
Descent
1,707 m
Highest point
2,214 m
Lowest point
1,409 m
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