Ride 18 kilometers gaining 1,210 meters at 6.7% average grade.
Another isolated and scenic bike climb in the Innertkirchen area. This is a great recreation area that includes hiking, fishing, skiing and mountain biking.
Climb summary from PJAMM Ambassador Helmuth Dekkers, Netherlands.
I started the climb in Innertkirchen. And in fact many ascents start here:
1) Sustenpass (West side)
2) Grimselpass (North side)
3) One only has to cycle 3.1km to the north to the sharp turn where the actual
Grosse Scheidegg ascent starts.
Ok, you first follow the signs to the Sustenpass. No, I am not making a mistake. The first 4.2km we cycle on the Sustenstrasse which leads to the Sustenpass. This part can be a busy as it is a main road but when I cycled it end of September it was not busy at all. This first part is 5.8% on average. After 4.2km we turn left and the street gets narrow, quiet and more scenic as the road is flanked on both sides by the forest. It gets steeper too as the next 4km long part which takes you up to the valley floor is 8.8% on average. But when the actual valley is reached then the ascent flattens again.
The road follows the Gentalwasser stream and for the next 4km the average gradient is gentle, barely more than 3% on average. Enjoy the scenery of the valley flanked by impressive rocky walls and waterfalls on it. Then the road goes up with 9% on average towards the Schwarzenalp restaurant which you reach after 1km or 14,2km after you left Innertkirchen. Shortly after that there are 2 hairpin turns and you will see a nice waterfall to the right which brings short distraction but it's still hard work here. due to the highest average gradient of 9%. The last 2km are almost flat again and then you reach Hotel Engstlenalp. If you are on a road bike then you will unfortunately not be able to see the Engstlensee which as such is definitely worth a visit but not if you like to descend with the same road bike as you came.
Thank you Helmuth!!