Autumn and even early summer are perfect seasons to explore tours, which, as the locals know, are too busy with hikers in the summer. Therefore we have saved this tour for the autumn and make the tour to the Kofler Lakes in the Tures and Aurina Valleys in November.
We start off by driving to Campo Tures and then climb steeply up to Riva di Tures. Anyone who has already driven the "Vedrette di Ries" round tour knows the steep route there. We turn off towards the Knutten car park and sharp right up to the signpost to the "Untere Kofler Alm". Here we park and briskly shoulder the bikes.
Will the tour be worth the effort? In the light of the trails, which lie before us, there is no doubt about that!
Here we could take the forest trail to the Untere Kofler Alm. However, this is so steep that, at our state of fitness, we would have to push the bikes there as well, so we take the direct path and at the same time can inspect the trail, down which we will cycle. But there are still some 650 metres of altitude, over which we have to carry the bikes. Not a trail for the faint-hearted.
At the end of a good three-quarters of an hour we reach the Untere Kofler Alm and look southwards to the glacier-covered Monte Magro and Monte Nevoso.
What a panorama! The Vedrette di Ries glaciers are at eye-level.
After a short rest we set off again to the Kofler Lakes. The trail is variable, with only a few somewhat steeper short stretches. Above the timber line we come to the "Obere Kofler Alm", where the Alpine meadows are bordered by stone walls and the view opens up to the king of the mountains, the Collalto.
There is nothing more picturesque. The trail is laid out with stones and little streams burble along. It cannot be much farther to the Kofler Lakes. On the meadow floor you can pedal from time to time, but it is pleasanter to push so that your pulse rate stays normal.
Not a soul for miles around
There at last! The surrounding mountains are reflected in the lakes and there is not a soul to be seen for miles around. We change our t-shirts and eat sweets from our rucksacks. You could sit here for hours, if the north wind were not whistling around you.
The descent starts like a dream - fast and without technical difficulties, where every stone can be used for jumping. Then the trail narrows and more use of the brakes is needed. Sharp stones, stone water channels and a few corners make the going really exciting now, all the more so, when we reach a crossing on flagstones over a wide watercourse. A dream!
A little tricky at first, then increasingly undulating. A trail straight out of a picture book!
The terrain rises to the timber line in terraces and steep stretches are followed by flatter stretches. In the forest at first it is somewhat steeper and rockier, and then it becomes unbelievably undulating. However, you must be careful not to let the rear wheel thump into a stone water channel.
In a word: a top-class trail of the first water, which should be tackled only by very fit bikers.
Would you like to take the tour too and discover the other trail delights?
Then book your next biking holiday at a Bike Hotel in the Tures and Aurina Valleys
. Your hosts will take you to the finest trails in the area!