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Großes Steintal

You could hardly be blamed for not believing that the Mitterberg, this extensive hill covered by a sprawling forest stretching between the Etschtal valley and Lake Kaltern is crisscrossed by an extensive network of paths and trails amounting to more than 600 km. The network of paths can be so confusing, that you may even get dizzy! The Große Steintal is actually just a flat hollow next to the highest point of the Mitterberg, which is located around 650 m altitude and is crowned by a large antenna pillar. The climb up here will first start by taking you downhill from Kaltern on the bike path towards Lake Kaltern, and after a few metres you’ll take a left into a forest path, which is asphalted in the bottom part. The path will feature an initial light incline, to then increase from the Montiggl plain. A slightly uphill gravel path starts a bit further up, leading to the entrance of the Große Steintal valley. The path across the Steintal is virtually smooth and flat, meaning no specific technical skills are required. The large rocky chunks covered in moss in the forest, on both sides of the path, are a sight to behold and give the valley its name (Steintal means ‘valley of rocks’ in German). On the other side of the Steintal you now have two opportunities to cycle downhill: The following route is the asphalted one which is closed to traffic and doesn’t require any special technical skills. After the slope, head on the flat road to the west of the Montiggl Lakes to Appiano/Eppan, then take the bike path on the old railway road and return to Kaltern. During summer, the Montiggl lakes are a tempting sight and perfect for a refreshing dip, and the cafes on the shore are the ideal resting stop to enjoy homemade cakes. But watch out! When cycling to the Big Montiggl Lake you may encounter many hikers when the sun is out! The Große Steintal is an overall easy bike tour, which is especially recommended when wanting to train on hot days, as most of the route will carry you through forests.

Alternatives
- Path marking 10: Take a left to cycle on the Montiggl plain on a fairly flat route to Montiggl - see Tour 8 Cornaiano/Girlan
- Path marking 7: From here you can tackle all the Unterland tours around Lake Kaltern

Don’t miss out on...
- varied forest paths
- the Small and Big Montiggl lakes

(Photo credits: Tourismusverband Süden Südtirols)

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