Length: 3,7 km
Altitude metres: 600 altitude metres
Ascent: Forest road or mountain railway
Recommended bike: Tour fully, all mountain
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Best time for travel: May - November
Possibility for a stop: Alte Schmiede
The Saalfelden Leogang tourist region is known for its extensive MTB programme which offers a variety of possibilities. With the Matzalm Trail, a new natural trail, which feels pleasantly unused, was added in June 2017.
“Go make yourself a plan and be a shining light. Then make yourself a second plan, for neither will come right.“ - Brecht already knew it. Plans are made to fail. After all, you really experience the world only if you stop at the wayside and take the trails less travelled every now and then.
But sometimes you just wish that everything would go to plan. Today is such a day. At breakfast, we agree: the leisurely route is okay every now and then. We opt for the gondola lift to take us to the Matzalm Trail. Only the evening before, we had actually decided - brave as we were - to take our enduro bikes on the difficult version of the signposted Asitz Hillclimb, which, with around 800 altitude metres, would have put quite some demands on us.
Here we follow the tranquil Schwarzbach Valley and we find the access to the Matzalm Trail shortly before the upper terminus of the Asitz cable car. Luckily, we get the first uphill ride to the Asitzkopf today. And we are happy that there is this relaxed option as part of the tour. Once arrived at the top, we follow a forest road around one kilometre downhill. The entrance to the newest trail of the Saalfelden Leogang region is directly at the wayside and you need to be careful not to miss it.
But there is an entrance gate that points to the serpentine trail. A top-quality natural trail awaits you here. Moss-covered root and stone carpets lead steeply downhill into a green hell. Looking for the best line, we follow a narrow strip between thick tree trunks and wild-growing shrubs.
This is definitely not a flow trail but root terraces and slippery stones demand full concentration.
After approx. 200 metres, we pass a fence to the left - careful here, you don’t want the trail adventure to end abruptly! Having sharpened our senses, we take the first of two 90° curves, glide across another root bed and then take a shot through a green tunnel of metre-high ferns and grasses. These colours and the smell of the forest in the morning - simply amazing!
In the end, the pace is faster than we would have liked: first, there is another forest section with in part narrow curves. The trail then leads past the Matzalm towards the edge of the valley via the Embachalm across alpine pastures. At the end of the trail, we return to the forest road that leads us back into the centre of Leogang. This trail is also ideal as a tour - the Matzalm Trail Tour: LE 10 | Matzalm Trail.
Starting from Leogang, the tour is fully signposted and, with 16 kilometres and 800 altitude metres, is perfect for an afternoon bike trip.