The first stage of the 442 bike route is very steep and, after a leisurely start, the tour becomes more and more demanding in terms of physical fitness and ends with the loop to Alp Laret, the crowning glory with snappy single trails. The combination of individualistic and refined Engadine villages and the route leading far above the tree line characterises this tour.
Distance 19.3 km
The regional bike route 442 begins in the historically significant pass village of Susch and follows the Inn, dropping gently down past Lavin to Giarsun below Guarda. From here the path climbs slightly up to Sur En d'Ardez. Here you have an impressive panoramic view of Guarda in the northwest, Bos-cha, Munt and Ardez at the foot of the Steinsberg castle ruins in the north and Tarasp with its striking castle in the east. After crossing the Inn, a long, steady climb to Ftan follows. The subsequent round is a treat for mountain bikers. The ascent via Prui to Schlivera as far as Alp Clünas and Muot da l'Hom is a tough one. The reward is an impressive view over the Lower Engadine. At Muot da l'Hom the descent begins via single trails to Alp Laret. After a well-earned and highly recommended break at the serviced Alp Laret, the last descent follows on forest roads back to Ftan.
Sur En d'Ardez provided the backdrop for the film «Schellen-Ursli» in winter 2014/15 (cinema release October 2015). A stop at the fountain and a walk through the hamlet is recommended, as is the magnificent view across the Inn to Guarda and Ardez.
Scuol Samnaun Val Müstair (sh)
Updated: February 16, 2021
Best time of year
The tour was evaluated in favourable weather conditions, current weather conditions and weather forecasts must be taken into account before starting the tour. This tour requires a high level of riding safety, balance and technical riding skills.
144 Emergency call, first aid
1414 Mountain rescue REGA
112 International emergency call
Show consideration when crossing and overtaking hikers.
Most of the mountain bike routes in Graubünden run on single trails that are also signposted as hiking trails. Hikers always have the right of way.
Tips and hints
This route is part of a multi-stage route with uniform signposting. All stage locations can be reached by public transport. Further information at engadin.com.
Bahnhof Susch (1434 hm) (1,434 m)
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PostAuto-Haltestelle Ftan, cumün
The tour starts at Susch railway station (1435 m) with the crossing of the picturesque Passdorf on the Inn. At the end of the village at Surpunt, the route leads southeast uphill on forest paths via Padnal to the pylons of the high-voltage power line and then in a pleasant descent down to Lavin. Staying on the right side of the Inn, the tour leads across the plain of Planturen to below Giarsun and on towards Sur En d'Ardez. The ascent to Sur En is steadily flat and leads alternately through forest and semi-open terrain with a constant view over the Inn up to Guarda. After Sur En, the location of the Schellen Ursli film, there is a descent to the Inn bridge (1298 m) and then a long counter-ascension via Ardez to Ftan (1630 m).
Wildlife refuge God Sauaidas: December 21 - April 30
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Accessible by train and bus
With the Rhaetian Railway (from Chur, Landquart/Prättigau, from the Upper Engadine or from Scuol) hourly to Susch station.
From the north: via Landquart - Klosters by car transport through the Vereina Tunnel (Selfranga - Sagliains) or via the Flüela Pass into the Lower Engadine on H27.
From the east: via Landeck / Austria in the direction of St. Moritz on H27
From the south: via Reschenpass (Nauders-Martina) or Ofenpass (Val Müstair-Zernez) on H27
Susch is located directly on the Flüela Pass and on the Engadine road H27 (5 minutes' drive from Vereina south portal).