Chapfensee Bike

Local route No. 473, Mels–Mels


Local route
No. 473 (Mels–Mels)
34 km
Ascent • Descent
↑ 1400 m • ↓ 1400 m
Lowest point • Highest point
475 m • 1496 m
Fitness level
The route is closed because the signposting has to be renewed. The date of the opening is not defined. This phenomenal tour offers views of the mountains of Appenzell and the Seeztal Valley and leads through the moorlands on Chapfensee. A feast for sore eyes and a treasure trove for botany and nature enthusiasts.
From Mels the route leads to the Seez river and along the bottom of the valley to the hamlet of Plons. This is where the smooth climb begins through the quiet, untouched and lovely scenery. The views of the mountains of Appenzell in the north and the Seeztal Valley are amazing. Past solitary buildings, small forest sections and mountain streams you get to Wildenberg. The Schönhalden mountain hotel is a nice place to stretch your legs and enjoy some refreshments. Another short ascent leads past Alp Kohlschlag with its rustic “Sennäbeizli” restaurant. Next is the Chilchwald forest. A bumpy access road and a narrow hiking trail then take you down across Alpine meadows. This crossing is a challenge for your riding skills and a fantastic nature experience. Through the wetlands east of Chapfensee you reach the dam. Take a detour to the lake. It is said to be full of fish and it’s nice to walk around it. The nature preserve looks like a dense mosaic of forests, meadows and some small settlements. At the inlet of the lake, you find a number of campfire sites and a small shop. You can take a break here or go for a refreshing swim. The downhill run on a narrow road leading to the valley and Mels is fun. The rocks and tree stumps on the northeast slope are covered by moss and every now and then, you can catch a glimpse of the majestic mountains between the trees. Some of the switchbacks through the forest run along the steeply dropping Seeztobel and Mülitobel ravines. Back in a populated area, you pass the charming St. Martin’s chapel and then continue through the village, back to the train station and the beginning of the tour.

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Ferienregion Heidiland

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