This ride takes you across captivating Alps landscapes. The majority of the route is singletrack, taking you through alpine meadows, forested valleys and idyllic farmland. It all begins with a trip up the lift in Davos to the top of Jakobshorn Peak.
Don't forget to visit to the village of Monstein and its brewery, which claims to be the highest in the Alps. The final bit of trail—the “Via Romantica” segment— is worth the effort. As you arrive in Filisur, a cappuccino awaits before the train ride back to Davos.
Although the route has a number of stopping points with good food, it's best to be prepared with ample water and snacks.
Ride the Jakobshorn lift from the valley to get to the start of the ride.
Roll out of the lift house and down the access road. You'll definitely be distracted by breathtaking views of the Alps unfolding before you.
Stay right onto the Jakobshorn to Sertig
Trail as the road comes to a small lake. From here, a fun, rowdy descent begins. The grade is steady at first but not steep as you cross open alpine terrain.
Eventually, the route turns more downhill and descends into a valley. The trail will be technical in spots with big rocks and some unexpected drops. Also, be mindful of livestock fencing that may be corralling the trail.
At the bottom of the descent, stay left to ride a short section of pavement around the base of the valley before turning left the Sertig to Rinehorn
Trail. From here, there will be a steep, punchy climb to gain the the higher slopes on the west side. The route quickly enters the forest and traverses through dense pine trees.
Near the end of this section, you'll be treated with a final punchy climb that ends at a picnic area. Don't be surprised to see locals grilling their favorite meats here! Follow the road past the small cabin to small ski area. This is a great place to stop for a snack or meal before continuing this epic ride on the Rinehorn to Monstein
From the ski area, the route continues through more forest. Although the trail mostly contours the hillside, you'll find a few quick climbs and descents as well as a few more challenging rock sections.
The forest section ends at a cluster of chalets. Stay right to follow the road down to a right hand turn onto another quick section of singletrack. The forest will give way to some high meadows with big views.
You'll see another small village below. From here, you'll have two options: 1) continue with the route all the way to Filasur via the “Via Romantica” segment (aka Monstein to Wiesen
) on forested singletrack or 2) descend into Monstein and have a beer at the local brewery (possibly the highest in the Alps!)
Both options provide access to a train station that can take you back to Davos and the beginning of the ride.