Grosse Scheidegg

Grosse Scheidegg is a mountain pass between Grindelwald and Meiringen in the Bernese Oberland. It’s a climb of about 1600 m, in an exciting location, with only local cars and busses allowed to use the route, and this all makes it an extremely attractive target for cyclists. Tanya and I were not remotely immune to its charms, and decided to ride it.

Early on in the day.

The weather on the day in question was forecast to be clear in the morning and then to degrade to storms later. Not wanting to tangle with any kind of alpine convection, we set out super early on the train from Bern. Much to our surprise nearly all the bike spots on the train were taken; clearly the first train is the cyclists’ choice. We rode from Meiringen south-west to Grindelwald, so as to maximise our time facing towards the looming mountains.

Near Rosenlaui.
The world’s most inviting cycle path.

As we climbed higher the road got steeper and the mountains more magnificant. At one point a fox appeared with a lonely call that sounded like a forlorn bird; he walked carefully but boldly past us and continued on his rounds.

Postbus warning.
Tanya near the top.

At the top of the pass, we were right next to the mighty Wetterhorn, and the rest of the Grindelwald valley came into view, and the Eiger and its north face were there with Mönch behind, and it was a brilliant sight.

Tanya at Grosse Scheidegg.
The postbus heading back the way we rode up.
And another postbus heading down to Grindelwald; Eiger and Mönch behind.

The ride down to Grindwald was a wonderful long descent and a beautiful rest after the hard climb; we whisked past fields with cows and wildflowers and waterfalls in the distance.

Looking up at Wetterhorn.
Grindelwald cows (and valleys).

We finished the day by pedalling down to Interlaken. Grosse Scheidegg was a spectacular climb and a great challenge in a wonderful region. Can’t really ask for more!

Looking back to Wetterhorn after passing Grindelwald.
June 12, 2018

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