Crankworx Innsbruck – Tirol’s Five Best Singletrack Rides

You’ve pulled the pin. Crankworx Innsbruck is officially on your calender this year. Excellent. But what would going full send on a Crankworx World Tour Stop be without adding in some time to sample the local riding? To help you find more about what’s on offer, our friends from Tirol have rounded up their top rides in the region.

Blindsee Trail, Austria

From rocky, rooty old-school gnar to expansive alpine singletrack, Tirol is steeped in mountain biking lore. Among the 80+ singletrack trails throughout the region, Arzler Alm Trail, Blindsee Trail, Fleckalm Trail, Leiterberg Trail and Plamort Trail are five of the very best trails that you’ll need to ride. With the help of an expert jury of local riders these “Great Trails” are rated by weighing the following ranking factors: type of terrain, flow, length, technical difficulty, natural beauty and setting.

A blend of natural and machine-built singletrack, each of these trails has its own distinct personality that can be tackled with most trail and enduro bikes. Demanding agility, stamina, and grit, they offer big views and access to rustic mountain lodges and pubs— ideal for those well-earned beers after an epic day in the saddle.

These five “Great Trails” in Tirol are well described in most guides and trail maps, well marked and open to mountain bikers of all ability levels.

Innsbruck mountain biking trail

Arzler Alm Trail: Roller Coaster High Above Innsbruck
“This trail has a variety of resuming climbs where you need to carry some speed off of flow for that real roller coaster feeling—and for fun factor.” (Benedikt Purner)
• Getting There: Innsbruck – Hungerburgbahn Gondola
• Trailhead: Arzler Alm Forest Road
• Length: 3 km
• Difficulty: S2

Blindsee Trail: Natural Beauty at Tirol Zugspitz Arena
“This wonderful, natural strip of singletrack showcases only the best aspects of the sport: all natural features, tight singletrack, gut-wrenching descents and stunning scenery.” (Sebastian Rech)
• Getting There: Lermoos – Grubigsteinbahnen Gondola
• Trailhead: Grubigalm
• Length: 7 km
• Difficulty: S2-S3

Leiterberg Trail in Austria

Leiterberg Trail: Panoramic Views in Ötztal Valley
“Over a diverse mix of singletrack, which is both demanding and relaxing, you’ll ride through wildflower meadows, forest and past rock faces.” (Lisi Hager)
• Getting There: Sölden – Giggijochbahn Gondola
• Trailhead: Hochsölden
• Length: 4 km
• Difficulty: S2

Fleckalm Trail: Endurance Test in the Kitzbühel Alps
“This gravity fed, adrenaline fuelled descending trail offers epic length tours. It takes a lot of focus and stamina to ride it fast and flawless to the end.” (Lisi Osl)
• Getting There: Kirchberg – Fleckalmbahn Gondola
• Trailhead: Fleckalm Gondola Top Terminal
• Length: 8 km
• Difficulty: S2-S3

Plamort & Bunker Trails in Tirol

Plamort Trail: Cross-Border Commuter in Nauders at Reschen Pass
“Amazing singletrack, awesome flowy sections and killer views of Reschensee Lake and the surrounding mountains from a historic air-raid shelter – what more could you ask for?” (Lars Lotze)
• Getting There: Nauders – Bergkastelbahn Gondola
• Trailhead: Bergkastelalm
• Length: 6 km
• Difficulty: S1-S2

To learn more about the five “Great Trails” head over to Tirol’s trail guides or TrailForks. Plan the rest of your Crankworx Innsbruck trip by checking out the Getting Here and Accommodation details on our site. Rubber side down and we’ll see you at the start line!

All images are © Tirol Werbung_Peter Neusser