Mountain biking

Riffelberg-Trail (Nr. F3)

The Riffelberg Trail is an enjoyable route back from the Gornergrat, featuring Alpine meadows and forests and a link to the Moos Trail (F1).

  • Type Mountain biking
  • Difficulty S1 easy
  • Duration 0,15 h
  • Distance 7,2 km
  • Ascent 4 m
  • Descent 739 m
  • Lowest point 1841 m
  • Highest point 2582 m


The Riffelberg Trail can be reached on the Gornergrat Bahn from Zermatt or the Riffelberg Express from Furi. It’s also the ideal route back after completing the “Gornergrat Classic (No. 1)” flagship trail. After a few hundred metres, it goes over the tunnel next to the Gornergrat Bahn before heading down a flowy section next to the Riffelalp meadows. The trail then briefly heads along the gravel road. There’s time to relax a bit at this point and take in the breathtaking view of the Matterhorn. Shortly after the Riffelalp, you reach the last section, perfectly integrated into its natural surroundings. Those who like it flowy can take a cautious approach to the steep bends, while those who prefer more action can take off on the jumps. At the end of the trail, you can head back up again on the Riffelberg Express or connect to the Moos Trail leading to Zermatt.

  • Suitable for all levels, from families to ambitious bikers
  • Ideal route back from the Gornergrat, with a link to the Moos Trail
  • Restaurants along the route
  • On the Gornergrat Bahn the bike transport is limited. Information:

Station Riffelberg – Riffelboden – Riffelalp – Schweigmatten

Connection to Zermatt via Moos-Trail.

We recommend:

  • Bike in excellent working order
  • Helmet, gloves and (trail) bell
  • Repair kit in case of any defects
  • Clothing suitable for the weather (always carry a waterproof)
  • Food and drink

Before that, it’s well worth going past the Riffelsee lake – either by e-bike or on the Gornergrat Bahn via the Rotenboden station. Depending on the trail, the route from the Riffelsee lake to the Riffelberg is not technically demanding, but every metre is amazing.

  • Always wear gloves and a helmet.
  • Use marked bike trails and routes only, and observe all signposting. Please close gates after passing through.
  • Please be considerate to walkers and to plants and animals. As a rule, walkers have priority.
  • When planning, take into account participants’ fitness level and ability: some routes lead above 3,000 metres.
  • All riding is at one’s own risk.

Tip: “Be searchable”. Equip yourself with an additional RECCO rescue reflector*. Whether summer or winter. Available in our Online-Shop or our information desk. *The additional reflector does not replace an avalanche beacon.

Map and arrival