Due to the heavy rainfall during the night from 28 July to 29 July 2019, considerable damage was caused to some of the mountain bike trails in the Inner Salzkammergut. At the moment we advise you to drive on the forest roads with extreme caution. Updates will follow.
Due to the wind-thrown damage at the end of October 2018 and the snow-pressure and avalanche damage in the winter of 2019, forest roads approved for use by ÖBfAG and above all forest harvesters in the 2019 season will be expected to suffer in the long term. Furthermore, in the course of these operations plan damage and longer-lasting wood storage at the forest roads are to be considered. Therefore, it is absolutely necessary this year when cycling to drive at the speed on "half view".
The Kaiser Tour is a solid mountain bike tour through the forests of the Salzkammergut and leads from Bad Goisern to: of course in the imperial city of Bad Ischl. On forest roads, it's always easy until you reach bike technical highlights such as the descent to the Eternal Wall, the Gamsöfen or the Volksbankweg. Through this trail sections, this tour is definitely something for advanced bikers who are safe driving on the bike.
The highlight of the Kaiser round:
The picturesque route through the mixed forests and the crisp sections of the "Gamsöfen Trail"
Behind the name Kaiser Tour one would rather assume a snorkelling summer holiday tour. However, the round offers some funny descents and key points which are also a fixed part of the Salzkammergut Trophy. Thus, with the Volksbankweg, the downhill on the toboggan run from the Predigstuhl and the Gamsöfen there are some driving-technical highlights. Thus, the round is quite driving, technical skill beyond the entry level is nesccerary. The approximately 1300 vertical meters are also for advanced riders. Refreshments are also available along the route where the classics such as Kaiserschmarren and other delicious pastries are on offer. Also very relaxing is the return journey along the Traun river to Bad Goisern where you can relax after the technical sections again.
Start is in St. Agatha or the parking lot Goisern Mitte. At the main road you ride into St. Agatha in the direction of Leisling or Halleralm. However, before turn into the residential area. Please pay attention to the signs. It is a short cliomb along a gravel road, we turn on the Volksbankweg. Please note that it is a shared track and hikers and strollers are on the way. The way is a bit traffastig and invites you to have fun as long as the own driving technique allows it. That is at your own discretion. Please take full account of hikers and walkers. Decelerate especially when the curves are not visible. Above all, being friendly, after all we are ambassadors of mountain biking and want to leave a good impression! After the path, it goes down briefly on the municipal road then later sharp right up direction Wiesen/Lasern to drive. The next destination is the panoramic road up to the Predigstuhl. Upstairs at the Predigstuhl, behind the hotel, is the old toboggan run. The next fun highlight on the tour. Please take care of hikers and adjust the speed to your own abilities. This way also requires advanced driving technology. After that, turn right to the Eternal Wall. Then it goes up the forest road towards Hoisnrad. Behind the Predigstuhl we continue and then we reach the picturesque Reinfalzalm. Continue on the forest road to the Löckenmoos and finally to the Gamsöfen. At the Gamsöfen our driving technique is in demand again. Please be careful here, the way is partially exposed and very narrow! Also this section is not recommended for beginners. The long descent is certainly a highlight of the tour for trail lovers. Finally we arrive in Rettenbach. From there it goes over a road to the center of Bad Ischl. About the district Kaltenbach it goes over the Engleithen to Lauffen and from there along the Traun back to Bad Goisern.
Free parking is available in St. Agatha or at the car park Bad Goisern Mitte. From the car park Goisern Mitte you cycle about 20 minutes to St. Agatha.Parking
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b.The braking distance should be half of the total distance visible: We ride at a controlled pace, are ready to brake and maintain a braking distance half as long as the total distance visible, especially in curves, because we always have to count on obstacles on the path. Damage to the path, stones, branches, wood piles, grazing livestock, cattle grids, barriers, tractor-type forestry machines and authorised vehicles pose dangers that we need to be ready for.
c.Don’t drink and drive!: Do not drink alcohol when mountain biking. Take care at stop-off points (dealing with bike racks, dirty shoes or clothing).
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d.Marked routes, closed paths and blockades: Keep to the marked routes, observe the blockades and accept that these roads are primarily for agricultural and forestry use!
Blockades can often not be avoided and are in your own interest. Biking beyond the intended path and outside of opening times is punishable and turns us into illegal bikers.
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