The Riffelberg Trail is an enjoyable route back from the Gornergrat, featuring Alpine meadows and forests and a link to the Moos Trail (F1).
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.gornergrat.ch/bike-gornergrat/en
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.
Rest stopsBuffet & Bar Riffelberg
Al Bosco - - Riffelalp Resort 2222 m.ü.M.
- 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
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.
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”.
- 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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