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Cycling to paved mountain peaks in Switzerlands?

Hello everybody,


I'm a big fan of cycling up mountains and Switzerland delivers on that. However, it seems that all the well known climbs are passes, which is somewhat not satisfying because you don't reach anything special to the top, just a saddle point with no particular view as opposed to a mountain peak. Furthermore, most mountain peaks are not accessible by road, since the Swiss love their cable cars, skiing and hiking.


So, the question is: are there any mountain peaks in Switzerland accessible by a road bicycle?



A friend of mine recommended Chasseral, and maybe Wildspitz (but I'm not sure if the road is paved to the top). Any recommendations are welcome, preferably some that easily accessible via train from Zurich.


Thanks!
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Re: Cycling to paved mountain peaks in Switzerlands?

I hear they will be opening a 4 lane highway up Mont Blanc next year
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Re: Cycling to paved mountain peaks in Switzerlands?

The Uetliberg of course.
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I hear they will be opening a 4 lane highway up Mont Blanc next year
The title already made me laugh.

With the mountains crumbling, the chances Mont Blanc will come down to an already existing 4 lane highway are better, I guess.
In the mean time I suggest using a mountain bike.

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Re: Cycling to paved mountain peaks in Switzerlands?

I use this site for cycling inspiration - https://www.cycling-challenge.com/


But as you say most climbs are to passes not peaks. On a gravel bike or cyclocross bike you can do quite a few of the unpaved climbs he talks about and get higher than you can on pavement.
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Kerns - Melchseefrutt - Engstlenalp - Innertkirchen (problem is the 1km long unpaved stretch at the Geisstritt https://wegwandern.ch/listing/engstl...#lg=1&slide=12 or alternative https://www.obwalden-tourismus.ch/de...etour-express/
Sorry, was a nice idea but the unpaved part is much longer https://map.wanderland.ch/?lang=de&b...3753&N=1180573

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Re: Cycling to paved mountain peaks in Switzerlands?

La Dole/La Barilette,

Second this. They even have a race.

https://www.cycling-challenge.com/th...tte-challenge/
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Re: Cycling to paved mountain peaks in Switzerlands?

This seems to be a dead-end
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This seems to be a dead-end
Oh, Dam!
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This seems to be a dead-end
I was looking at Mattmark, but somehow it did not make it on my list.

Something else I missed is the Berggasthaus Hörnli ZH, the Alpwirtschaft Tierhag near the Schnebelhorn, the Scheidegg near Wald ZH, and the Bachtel. Not sure if all is paved , but those are some of the highest reachable points in canton ZH with paved roads, as AFAIK the roads at Höhrohnen are not paved.

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Re: Cycling to paved mountain peaks in Switzerlands?

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Wow thanks for the detailed reply! These peaks are a bit lower than I hoped but that's a start!
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Hello everybody,

you don't reach anything special to the top, just a saddle point with no particular view as opposed to a mountain peak.

Thanks!

Have to say that I disagree with the OP. I have done a few high bike climbs in Switzerland. The views were mind-blowingly awesome (and not just from the top). Describing it as not "anything special" and "no particular view" sounds a bit jaded.
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Re: Cycling to paved mountain peaks in Switzerlands?

There are not many. I'd add the Balmberg where you can sort of get to the top but it's no giant peak.


Also Mont Tendre which is the highest point of the Jura mountains in Switzerland and there's a quiet road up, see the recommended cycling challenge website linked above.


Each to their taste but the likes of the Furka, Grimsel or Susten are among the greatest cycling climbs in Europe, challenging and if they're not scaling any peaks they're among the very highest roads in Europe.
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Re: Cycling to paved mountain peaks in Switzerlands?

Guys I'm not arguing that the climbs are nothing special at all. I've already cycled most of the famous passes (Pragel, Klausen, Susten, Gotthard, Furka, Grimsel, Albula, Fluela, Sanetsch, Grosse Scheidegg any many more). They are challenging and go through spectacular scenery. But any pass lacks the psychological target you set reaching a peak and the view from up there. Let's be honest, even the best passes are mediocre at best when you reach the top. Some lowly peaks to the left and right, a restaurant, a sign and a parking full of motorcyclists.
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Guys I'm not arguing that the climbs are nothing special at all. I've already cycled most of the famous passes (Pragel, Klausen, Susten, Gotthard, Furka, Grimsel, Albula, Fluela, Sanetsch, Grosse Scheidegg any many more). They are challenging and go through spectacular scenery. But any pass lacks the psychological target you set reaching a peak and the view from up there. Let's be honest, even the best passes are mediocre at best when you reach the top. Some lowly peaks to the left and right, a restaurant, a sign and a parking full of motorcyclists.

Why would anybody construct a paved road up to the top of a mountain ?
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But any pass lacks the psychological target you set reaching a peak and the view from up there. Let's be honest, even the best passes are mediocre at best when you reach the top. Some lowly peaks to the left and right, a restaurant, a sign and a parking full of motorcyclists.
What were you hoping for, that is different from this? Even if you hike up, when you get to the top, apart from the restaurant (which is unlikely but may be there in some form) and the parking-lot (which won't be there), that's also what you see: some lower peaks to the left and right. And beyond that... miles and miles of beauty, falling away before you, if the weather is right. It seems to me that's a topographical fact of mountain peaks.
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Guys I'm not arguing that the climbs are nothing special at all. I've already cycled most of the famous passes (Pragel, Klausen, Susten, Gotthard, Furka, Grimsel, Albula, Fluela, Sanetsch, Grosse Scheidegg any many more). They are challenging and go through spectacular scenery. But any pass lacks the psychological target you set reaching a peak and the view from up there. Let's be honest, even the best passes are mediocre at best when you reach the top. Some lowly peaks to the left and right, a restaurant, a sign and a parking full of motorcyclists.
The only place I can think of that is fully paved to the top of a peak, with a parking lot and a restaurant is in Austria, Grossglockner Hochalpinestrasse to the Edelweissspitze. That was a road built specifically for tourist drivers. Otherwise there's no reason to build roads to the top of places.
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Re: Cycling to paved mountain peaks in Switzerlands?

I guess I don't see why what you're looking for would be likely to exist. Paved roads are major infrastructure, prohibitively expensive to build and maintain if they don't serve any economic purpose. Now tourism's an economic purpose, and in fact the only one I can think of. But you're annoyed by that too.

Why - other than for sightseeing - would anyone build a road up to the top of a mountain instead of just going over the pass? And if it's for sightseeing then why wouldn't you put a restaurant and a parking lot somewhere quite near the top?

In a nutshell: if you don't want to share the spectacular view with a parking lot full of fellow humans, that's doable - but you'll need to go somewhere that hasn't got, you know, a paved road or a cog railway leading up to it.
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In a nutshell: if you don't want to share the spectacular view with a parking lot full of fellow humans, that's doable - but you'll need to go somewhere that hasn't got, you know, a paved road or a cog railway leading up to it.
Seemed pretty obvious to me too. And the OP seems to be unaware of the existence of these things called "Mountain Bikes" which are purpose designed for cycling up and down mountains with no paved roads on them.
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"Mountain Bikes" which are purpose designed for cycling up and down mountains with no paved roads on them.





Highest unpaved climbs in the Alps

https://www.cycling-challenge.com/th...s-in-the-alps/


These routes are unlikely to be crowded with motorbikers. Several are doable on a cyclocross bike which will make the lower paved stretches go by faster than on a mountain bike

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