Easy Langental Tour
The Langental, to the north-east of Wolkenstein, is part of the Puez-Geisler nature park and impresses with its steeply towering rock faces on both sides and the beautiful head of the valley with the Pra da Ri mountain pasture. The toned-down version of the tour into the Langental is the ideal introductory tour for first-time mountain bikers or for families. It is toned-down because the tour does not go into the upper Langental, but only just as far as the mouth of the valley. The route follows side roads with little traffic and easy gravel and woodland trails.
From the start at the tourism association in Wolkenstein you go first of all to the valley station of Dantercepies. The route leads from there in a northerly direction, more downhill than uphill, until, at the mouth of the valley, you reach the car park with refreshment facilities.
The route suggested here only takes you about one kilometre and a good 50m in altitude difference into the Langental. Bikers, who find that this is not enough, can extend the tour as desired by following the cross-country ski route further uphill. It does not finish until the beginning of Pra da Ri mountain pasture. You cannot go further by bike (s. Variations). The way back takes you first of all to the car park again and then on the narrow access road down to the Langental and the cycle path west of Wolkenstein.
On this cycle path, once the railway line into the Gardena valley, you cycle gently uphill back to the starting point of the tour at the tourism association.
Gardena Valley Tour
The tour of the Gardena valley features the three main towns of the valley in a diversified tour that is ideal for those starting mountain biking. Its course runs almost completely away from the more busy main road. The ascent on sections of the former railway line in the second part of the tour on the way back to Wolkenstein is especially pleasant. The gentle, steady incline that was necessary then for trains is very relaxing for bikers.
The tour begins at the tourism association in Wolkenstein. The route out of the valley mainly follows the left bank of rio (brook) Gardena. It begins on beautiful woodland and meadow paths directly along the brook and later between St. Christina and St. Ulrich on tarmac secondary roads with hardly any traffic. In this way you arrive at the promenade in St. Ulrich with almost no increase in altitude difference.
At the valley station of the Seiser Alm cable car you turn right, cross the main road via the pedestrian bridge and reach the centre of the village. From now on it is only uphill. Altogether, it is a good 450 metres difference in altitude to Wolkenstein, but the incline is very moderate and makes for a fantastic ride.
Shortly before St. Christina you come across La Pozza, a small village behind St. Christina, on the section you already know from the way there and that you now take in the opposite direction. The route changes there again to the other side of the valley and follows the old, abandoned railway line, that has been converted to a cycle path, back to Wolkenstein.