Mountain biking

Stafel-Schönbiel Hut Bike Tour (Nr. 26)

The Schönbielhütte is a popular starting point for hiking tours in the area. However, it’s much easier to reach by bike, rather than on foot. The view from the hut of the north face of the Matterhorn is amazing.

  • Type Mountain biking
  • Difficulty S2 hard
  • Duration 1,40 h
  • Distance 6,3 km
  • Ascent 520 m
  • Descent 21 m
  • Lowest point 2199 m
  • Highest point 2694 m


After Stafelalp, a gravel path heads to a power plant. The path then goes left past the plant and opens out into a narrow trail. The landscape is different here – trees give way to an emptier landscape. The bike trail heads along the moraine of the Zmutt glacier. This section of the route is quite steep, but passable for experienced bikers. You soon reach the the last section of the the route. This bit is so steep that you will need to push your bike up to the hut. However, after taking a break, the descent makes it all worthwhile.

There are two ways of reaching Stafel - you can either go from the village, or Furi, to Stafel or take the Matterhorn Express to Schwarzsee and then head down the gravel path to Stafelalp.

  • This route can also be ridden on an E-Bike.

Stafel - Schönbiel Hut

Variant 1: Zermatt - Furi - Stafelalp - Schönbiel Hut
Variant 2: Schwarzsee - Stafelalp - Schönbiel Hut

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

Additional information and recommendations are available from the guest information centre on Bahnhofplatz (by the railway station).

  • 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