Length: 9,3 km
Altitude metres: 940 altitude metres
Ascent: Complete on forest road
Recommended bike: All mountain, enduro
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“From the mountain to the lake“ is the motto of this trail ... actually of the entire region.
From the summit across the alpine pasture to the lake: Rossalmhütten Trail and Alter Almweg Trail merge to a real alpine adventure. This intermediate downhill single trail in Carinthia is also ideal for accessing the mountain world of the world-famous Nock Mountains.
When describing the tour, Wolfgang Krainer’s face lights up with pride. Rossalmhütten Trail and Alter Almweg Trail are his babies. The opening of the attractive trails around the Wöllaner Nock is mainly down to his long-standing dedication. Krainer has been a sportsman all his life: In the 70s, he brought surfing to Austria, today he strongly supports bikers. His sports school combines both. “From the mountain to the lake“ is the motto of the school - and it is the guiding theme of the dream couple Rossalmhütten Trail and Alter Almweg Trail.
We start in Feld am See. From here you can’t go wrong thanks to the great signposting. Along the tour marked Number “8“, we first cycle to Bad Kleinkirchheim. Following now Number “9“, we quickly leave the asphalted roads behind us and bike on the traffic-free forest road in direction Kaiserburg.
The road meanders bit by bit uphill, a few steeper forest path passages included. If you want to save your energy for the downhill ride, then take the mountain railway uphill - or use the shuttle of the Krainer Sport School from the start. The way uphill is really enjoyable thanks to the panorama and a fairy tale forest as setting.
The trail entrance is not far away as soon as the “Kaiserburg“, the impressive upper terminal, comes into focus. In a bend just below the summit, there is the long yearned for information sign: Rossalmhütten Trail. Now it’s seat post down, protectors on (if you got some) and off onto the trail. The route leads initially without much difficulty to the Rossalm which, unfortunately, is closed in summer. What then follows is trail fun in its purest form.
The narrow trails lead in gentle curves with a few smaller terraces, ledges and rock formations through the alpine pastures. There is nothing to stop the flow - if you are not startled by a bit of splashing water when crossing the mountain streams.
The Rossalmhütten Trail ends after a forest road section directly at the Weger Hut. A stop here is a must. Enjoy a jause and kaiserschmarrn: the cheese and milk come from the alpine dairy farm just a few metres away. The drinking water babbles from a well at the garden fence where the bikes of the many guests are “parked”. Mountain bikers are regular guests here. But whilst having a snack, don’t forget that the more technical Alte Almweg Trail is still ahead.
For the trail, take the right turn off the forest road. The trail’s name is historic: the route was used as access to the alpine pastures for hundreds of years. Old wall remains along the route are witnesses of the trail’s impressive age. Today, the trail is a wonderful playground for mountain bikers. The trail leads across a seemingly endless carpet of roots in direction valley.
The end is directly above Lake Feldsee. Rolling the road downhill, you already see the sailing boats and SUPs on the water surface. You can join them quickly if you hire the sports device of your choice at the Krainer Sports School or you simply enjoy a cocktail on the pier.