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Riffelberg-Trail (F3)

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  • Riffelberg-Trail
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The Riffelberg Trail is an enjoyable route back from the Gornergrat, featuring Alpine meadows and forests and a link to the Moos Trail (F1).
easy
Distance 7.2 km
0:15 h
4 m
739 m

The Riffelberg Trail can be reached on the Gornergrat Bahn from Zermatt or the Riffelberg Express from Furi. It’s also the ideal route back after completing the “Gornergrat Classic (No. 1)” flagship trail. After a few hundred metres, it goes over the tunnel next to the Gornergrat Bahn before heading down a flowy section next to the Riffelalp meadows. The trail then briefly heads along the gravel road as the flow trail here is still under construction. There’s time to relax a bit at this point and take in the breathtaking view of the Matterhorn. Shortly after the Riffelalp, you reach the last section, perfectly integrated into its natural surroundings. Those who like it flowy can take a cautious approach to the steep bends, while those who prefer more action can take off on the jumps. At the end of the trail, you can head back up again on the Riffelberg Express or connect to the Moos Trail leading to Zermatt.

  • Suitable for all levels, from families to ambitious bikers
  • Ideal route back from the Gornergrat, with a link to the Moos Trail
  • Restaurants along the route
  • Middle section still under construction
  • On the Gornergrat Bahn the bike transport is limited. Information: www.gornergratbahn.ch/bike

Author’s recommendation

Before that, it’s well worth going past the Riffelsee lake – either by e-bike or on the Gornergrat Bahn via the Rotenboden station. Depending on the trail, the route from the Riffelsee lake to the Riffelberg is not technically demanding, but every metre is amazing.
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Update: March 29, 2021
Difficulty
S1 easy
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
Riffelberg, 2,582 m
Lowest point
Schweigmatten, 1,841 m
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Rest Stop

Buffet & Bar Riffelberg
Al Bosco - - Riffelalp Resort 2222 m.ü.M.
Chämi-Hitta
Riffelhaus 1853
Alphitta
Viewpoint Riffelalp

Safety information

  • Always wear gloves and a helmet.
  • Use marked bike trails and routes only, and observe all signposting. Please close gates after passing through.
  • Please be considerate to walkers and to plants and animals. As a rule, walkers have priority.
  • When planning, take into account participants’ fitness level and ability: some routes lead above 3,000 metres.
  • All riding is at one’s own risk.

Tip: “Be searchable”. Equip yourself with an additional RECCO rescue reflector*. Whether summer or winter. Available in our Online-Shop or our information desk. *The additional reflector does not replace an avalanche beacon.

Tips and hints

Guidelines for Mountain Bike Riders

Start

Riffelberg (2.582 m) (2,576 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'624'476E 1'093'529N
DD
45.992882, 7.754534
DMS
45°59'34.4"N 7°45'16.3"E
UTM
32T 403548 5094010
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Destination

Schweigmatten

Turn-by-turn directions

Station Riffelberg – Riffelboden – Riffelalp – Schweigmatten

Connection to Zermatt via Moos-Trail.

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Public transport

By train to the Matterhorn village: 3½ hours from Zürich airport or 4 hours from Geneva airport. Change at Visp onto the Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn (Matterhorn Gotthard Railway). From Visp, the railway leads through the Mattertal valley past idyllic small villages to Zermatt.

Zermatt is also the start and finish point for the world-famous Glacier Express panoramic train journey (Zermatt to St. Moritz or Davos).

Getting there

Zermatt is car-free. Private vehicles are permitted only as far as Täsch (5 km before Zermatt). The Täsch–Zermatt road is closed to the public.

Onward travel to Zermatt is either by private taxi or shuttle train. Trains depart every 20 minutes; the journey takes about 12 minutes, and ends at the Bahnhofplatz in Zermatt.

Parking

Täsch has car parks with both covered and open-air parking – e.g. at the Matterhorn Terminal or privately operated facilities.

Onward travel: see “Getting there”.

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'624'476E 1'093'529N
DD
45.992882, 7.754534
DMS
45°59'34.4"N 7°45'16.3"E
UTM
32T 403548 5094010
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

We recommend:

  • Bike in excellent working order
  • Helmet, gloves and (trail) bell
  • Repair kit in case of any defects
  • Clothing suitable for the weather (always carry a waterproof)
  • Food and drink

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Rating

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Didier Robyr 
July 09, 2021 · Community
Superbe flow trail et bien préparé !
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Difficulty
S1 easy
Distance
7.2 km
Duration
0:15 h
Ascent
4 m
Descent
739 m
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