Hochtannbergpass can be a first or last pass on an extended
loop into the alps from the north. While there are other
passes north of here, once you have traveled south up the
Bregenzer Wald area in Austria and want to continue south,
you have to cross this pass into the Lech Valley. You have
no other choice, and this pass is a nice cycling route to be
forced into. Hochtannbergpass has relatively little traffic.
The mountains on the north side of the main divide in the
alps are lower, but heavily eroded so that the climbs are
smaller but very scenic
START-END EAST ALT: Bach
2.(10.0km,1120m) START-END EAST: Steeg
4.(25.5km,1690m) TOP: point of highest altitude
6.(44.3km,800m) START-END WEST: junction with
From East. The Lechtal bike trail ends a few km east
of Steeg and the climb begins. It starts as a wide road with
relatively few turns and a moderate 7 and a half percent climb.
The road leads through two open galleries. One looks like it has
an old road around it, but it does not go through. By the time
you reach Warth and the turnoff to Flexenpass, the scenic
splendors of this road are readily apparent. To the right is the
Widderstein, a jagged horn like peak that is not really very
high but makes a splendid monument in this alpine backyard.
Warth itself is a ski resort, but not the kind that has dozens
of ski overruns over the road. The road leads through another
gallery and quickly climbs the pass. On top are several short
hiking oportunities, as well as a small, out of place looking
From West. (described downwards). The descent to
Schroecken (not Schrecken, which is further down the road) is
much steeper. At one point the road curves away from the
mountain onto a bridge or ramp, in order to switchback to the
other direction. Another horn like peak is the perfect backdrop.
Past this village is an amazing waterfall tumbling down from a
wall to the south. The road flattens out completely in Schrecken
at the junction with the road to Furkajoch.
Continuing downvalley from here is a nice bike path on the
opposite side of the river than the road.
Multi Day ride. (<Hahntennjoch)
A day on a fully loaded mountain bike, starting in Steg over
Hochtannbergpass down to Schrecken and Egg measured 48 miles
with 3200ft of climbing in 4:3 hours, including several miles of
detours and lots of time allotted to finding a room (m3:9.7.9)
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