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MALGA TUFF ALM & MALGA HOFER ALPL TOUR
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  CHARACTERISTICS AND VARIATIONS
Characteristics
A dream tour to two magnificently located mountain pastures at the foot of the Sciliar. In the first part of the climb, the Lake- Laghetto di Fiè fascinates with its swimming facilities and impressive backdrop of mountains. You should allow plenty of time for a stop for refreshments on one of the two mountain pastures (Malga Tuff Alm and Malga Hofer Alpl). It is fantastically beautiful sitting on the terraces and soaking up the unforgettably clear views. By the way, you can cycle the short distance you push your bike after the Malga Tuff Alm, if you are fit enough!
Away from the main road you take the trail to San Costantino and for a start warm up unhurriedly. The climb to the Laghetto di Fiè does not follow the heavily trafficked road to the lake, but takes the car-free alternative coming from the north at first on tarmac and then on a track through woodland.
In this way you arrive quite unexpectedly at the bank of the Lake - Laghetto di Fiè right next to the guesthouse of the same name. You can stop for refreshments here or jump straight off the jetty into the picturesque lake immediately below the Sciliar/Schlern. A little further on you come across the bathing cabin with a large jetty.
Initially, the route leads to the somewhat higher located Lake - Laghetto di Huber and then on through woodland uphill in the direction of the Malga Tuff Alm. It is 200m in altitude difference to the mountain pasture and whoever would like to rest here will be well-cared for on the panoramic terrace.
There follows a short descent across the mountain pasture before a gravel road, very steep in places, leads to the highest point of this tour, the cable car that carries goods to the Schlernhaus/Rifugio Bolzano. We have earmarked the first part of this climb as a section for pushing your bike, but physically fit bikers can of course cycle it!
A few bends further down on the road through woodland you reach the turn-off to the Malga Hofer Alpl. Anyway, you should stop here for refreshments at the very latest and take time to savour the peaceful, remote location and the glorious clear views as far as La Giogaia di Tessa group of mountains 50 kilometres distant.
The descent from the Malga Hofer Alpl to Umes is 500m in altitude difference. The old road from Umes to Fiè forms the crowning glory of this tour. This mostly gravelled, idyllic section leads through cropped fields, past old farmyards to Fiè in the most beautiful afternoon sunshine if the weather is fine.

Variations
1. Direct climb to the Lake- Laghetto di Fiè: At waymarker 5 in Sant’Antonio do not turn left, but right to the main road. Immediately opposite, the road to the lake begins. It is the shortest way to the Lake Laghetto di Fiè. Bear left shortly before the lake at Hotel Waldsee in the direction of the Guesthouse Laghetto di Fiè(Laghetto di Fiè), where you continue the tour described here at waymarker 19.

2. Shorter way back via Moarmühle (mill): Do not turn sharp left at waymarker 38, but follow the gravel road downhill through the following right-hand bend. 850m further on and a decrease of 100m in altitude difference you join the Umes road that follows on the right to the roundabout in Fiè.

3. Extension via the protruding rock of Monte Cavone/Tschafon: Whoever has not had enough at waymarker 42 above Umes should bear left in the direction of Monte Cavone/Tschafon. This additional loop leads again to Umes via the protruding rock of Monte Cavone/Tschafon, Schönblick, Tschötscher and Schnaggenkreuz where it joins the tour described here again at the sawmill (waymarker 46). For details s. tour “Sciliar/Schlern and Croda del Maglio/Hammerwand”. The loop is 12.5km in distance and 590m uphill in altitude difference.

 
 
  TOUR INFORMATION
Tour information
% of distance
Total distance
19,46 km
100 %
Height variation uphill
826 Hm
Height variation downhill
826 Hm
Maximum altitude
1450 m
Tarmac
0,46 km
2,4 %
Tarmac cycle path
4,63 km
23,8 %
Gravel
11,06 km
56,9 %
Hiking trail
2,29 km
11,8 %
Single track
0,00 km
0,0 %
Carrying / pushing
0,99 km
5,1 %
Cable car / transfer
0,00 km
0,0 %
 
Riding times
Riding time without pauses
Riding time at 10 km/h
1 hr 57 min
Riding time at 12 km/h
1 hr 37 min
Riding time at 14 km/h
1 hr 23 min
Riding time at 16 km/h
1 hr 13 min
Riding time at 18 km/h
1 hr 05 min
Riding time at 20 km/h
58 min
   
   
   
   
   
   
Physical condition
Overall condition
2,5
Total height variation
3,0
Total distance
2,0
Maximum altitude
2,0
Riding technique
Overall riding technique
3,7
Surface
3,7
Average climb gradient Ø
4,0
Average descent gradient Ø
3,0
   
Tour evaluation
Overall difficulty
3,0
Climb difficulty
3,1
Descent difficulty
2,9
Emotional experience
Panorama
5,0
Riding fun
3,0
     
   
  GETTING THERE AND STARTING POINT
Getting there
Coming from the north take the motorway (A22) exit for Chiusa – Alpe di Siusi/Sciliar, SS12 as far as Ponte Gardena, then in the direction of Alpe di Siusi.
Coming from the south take motorway (A22) exit for Bolzano Nord – Alpe di Siusi/Sciliar, SS12 as far as Prato all'Isarco, then in the direction of Alpe di Siusi.

Starting point
There are several car parks and underground parking facilities in all villages. Parking spaces marked in blue are subject to charges. Tickets are available from the appropriate automatic machines. All other parking spaces are free of charge.
The tour begins at the tourism association Fiè.
 
  ROADBOOK
No
km
Next
Hm
Sym
Location
Direction
Route
Time 22 km/h
Time 10 km/h
1
0,00
0,05
859
Tourism association in Fiè
Straight ahead direction way out of village
A -4%
00:00
00:00
2
0,05
0,51
857
Junction limit of Fiè
Bear left on cycle path
S -3%
00:00
00:00
3
0,56
0,02
844
Water source
Left
R 7%
00:01
00:03
4
0,58
0,38
846
Junction
Straight ahead
R 8%
00:01
00:03
5
0,96
0,22
874
Car park Café Restaurant
Bear left San Costantino
R -7%
00:02
00:05
6
1,18
0,33
886
Junction to Noval di Fiè
Straight ahead
R 5%
00:03
00:07
7
1,50
0,08
872
Roundabout manufacturing district Sant’Antonio
Bear left
S -4%
00:04
00:08
8
1,58
0,08
869
Junction
Bear right
R 9%
00:04
00:09
9
1,66
0,86
876
End of manufacturing district
Past roadside shrine on forest track
W 2%
00:04
00:09
10
2,52
0,08
895
End of forest track
Bear right San Costantino
R 6%
00:06
00:15
11
2,60
0,32
900
Hotel Perwanger, water source
Straight ahead San Costantino
S 2%
00:07
00:15
12
2,93
0,18
905
Near church San Costantino
Straight ahead loop road cycle path
R -1%
00:07
00:17
13
3,10
0,15
902
Near Trafohäuschen (small house)
Bear right Laghetto di Fiè, cycle path
R 10%
00:08
00:18
14
3,25
0,02
916
Crossroad
Bear left main road (take footpath)
W 5%
00:08
00:19
15
3,27
0,62
917
Crossroad
Bear right sign cul-de-sac
R 7%
00:08
00:19
16
3,90
0,17
956
Crossroad
Bear left Lake- Laghetto di Fiè bike
R 14%
00:10
00:23
17
4,06
0,68
979
Crossroad
Right Guesthouse Laghetto di Fiè Bike
S 11%
00:11
00:24
18
4,74
0,04
1048
Junction to Sant’Antonio
Straight ahead
S 6%
00:12
00:28
19
4,78
0,09
1051
Guesthouse Laghetto di Fiè
Left alongside lake
S 0%
00:13
00:28
20
4,87
0,37
1051
Junction to Seis (Siusi) 2
Right Sciliar/Schlern, Malg Tuff Alm, Malga Hofer Alpl
S 2%
00:13
00:29
21
5,24
0,04
1054
Climbing pole
Left Bike
S 10%
00:14
00:31
22
5,28
0,24
1057
Junction to Umes
Straight ahead Malga Tuff Alm
S 9%
00:14
00:31
23
5,52
0,75
1077
Laghetto di Huber
Left alongside lake
S 0%
00:15
00:33
24
6,27
0,17
1077
Crossroads
Sharp left uphill
S 11%
00:17
00:37
25
6,44
0,69
1096
Junction hiking trail 1
Straight ahead Malga Tuff Alm
S 10%
00:17
00:38
26
7,13
0,30
1167
Water source
Straight ahead
S 11%
00:19
01:42
27
7,43
0,73
1200
Junction in bend
Sharp right Malga Tuff Alm
S 11%
00:20
00:44
28
8,16
0,09
1278
Near Malga Tuff Alm
Bear right to mountain pasture
S -6%
00:22
00:48
29
8,25
0,16
1273
Malga Tuff Alm
Bear left across meadow
W -9%
00:22
00:49
30
8,41
0,99
1257
Crossroads in fields and meadows
Bear left uphill Malga Hofer Alpl
W 14%
00:22
00:50
31
9,40
0,58
1387
Fork (to the Malga Hofer Alpl)
Bear left Schlern (Sciliar) 1
W 12%
00:25
00:56
32
9,98
0,86
1450
Goods cable car to Schlernhaus/Rifugio Bolzano
Bear right Malga Hofer Alpl
S -9%
00:27
00:59
33
10,85
0,12
1366
Junction
Sharp left Malga Hofer Alpl
S -14%
00:29
01:05
34
10,97
0,12
1349
Malga Hofer Alpl
Back
S 14%
00:29
01:05
35
11,09
1,30
1366
Intersection
Bear left downhill
S -11%
00:30
01:06
36
12,39
1,41
1226
Junction to the Malga Tuff Alm
Sharp left downhill
S -9%
00:33
01:14
37
13,81
0,74
1095
Junction to Umes, Malga Hofer Alpl
Sharp right downhill
S -12%
00:37
01:22
38
14,54
0,27
1013
Junction ahead of right-hand bend
Sharp left loop road Umes
W -3%
00:39
01:27
39
14,82
0,29
1010
Junction
Bear right downhill
W -2%
00:40
01:28
40
15,11
0,10
997
Fork
Bear left
W 6%
00:41
01:30
41
15,21
0,31
1004
Intersection in bend
Bear right downhill
R -10%
00:41
01:31
42
15,52
0,31
976
Intersection (water source)
Sharp right downhill Umes
R -11%
00:42
01:33
43
15,83
0,09
942
Junction
Right downhill to church
R -9%
00:43
01:34
44
15,92
0,12
933
Bus stop Umes
Left Presule
R -6%
00:43
01:35
45
16,04
0,27
926
Maso Gstapinhof
Left Presule 6
R -9%
00:43
01:36
46
16,31
0,54
900
Sawmill
Right Presule
R -13%
00:44
01:37
47
16,85
0,04
834
Junction to Presule
Bear right downhill Prösels (Presule) 6
R -13%
00:45
01:41
48
16,89
0,25
829
Wooden bridge
Right Völs (Fiè)
R 1%
00:46
01:41
49
17,14
0,60
931
Maso Trafisöhr Hof
Bear left downhill Fiè
S 1%
00:46
01:42
50
17,74
0,12
942
Junction
Bear right
S -2%
00:48
01:46
51
17,86
0,10
838
Wooden bridge
Left Völs (Fiè) 6
R 11%
00:48
01:47
52
17,96
0,55
849
End of tarmac road
Straight ahead
S -1%
00:48
01:47
53
18,51
0,14
853
Crossroad
Straight ahead Fiè (Fiè) 6
S 11%
00:50
01:51
54
18,65
0,39
866
Intersection tarmac road
Bear left downhill Völs (Fiè) 6
R -6%
00:50
01:51
55
19,04
0,38
841
Intersection main road
Bear right uphill
A 5%
00:51
01:54
56
19,42
0,04
859
Roundabout Fiè
Bear right Castelrotto (2nd exit)
A 0%
00:52
01:56
57
19,46
0,00
859
Tourism association Fiè
End of tour
A 0%
00:53
01:56
  EXPLANATION OF EVALUATION FACTORS, SURFACE AND SLOPE
Explanation of evaluation factors
• Overall difficulty based on climb difficulty (60%) and descent difficulty (40%)
• Climb difficulty based on total distance uphill (30%), overall height variation uphill (30%), surface uphill (10%), average slope   uphill (25%), highest altitude reached (5%).
• Descent difficulty consists of total distance downhill (10%), overall height variation downhill (10%), surface downhill (50%),   average slope downhill (30%).
• Physical condition based on total distance (40%), with overall height variation (50%) and highest altitude reached (10%).
• Riding technique based on surface (50%), with average slope uphill (30%) and average slope downhill (20%).
• Writer’s subjective evaluation of panorama and riding fun.

Explanation of surface and slope
A = Tarmac road
steep uphill
from + 15%
R = Tarmac cycle path
uphill
up to + 14%
S = Gravel
level
ca. +/- 4%
W = Hiking trail
downhill
up to - 19%
P = Path, Single Trail
steep downhill
from - 20%
T = Carrying / pushing
X = Cable car / transfer

Route: the percentages indicate the average climb (+) or the average descent (-) to the next waymarker.
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