Average grade: 4.9 %
Length: 21.32 km
Height start: 511 m
Height top: 1550 m
Elevation gain: 1039 m
There are two sections - up to the lake and then above the lake up to the top. They are similar in pitch but the upper section is longer and in fact it goes on and on without any indication of how much farther you need to go. A sign said that the road was 18% in one spot but it did not feel quite that steep. The road is crazy narrow, and the upper section is more like a paved path.
The top is a pleasant, wide open meadow with happy cows and typical Swiss scenery. The scenery is not as dramatic as nearby Klausenpass. In fact, the two climbs are very different in their character.
The decent is a bit sketchy. The narrow road is problematic when a car is coming your way. There are cattle grates and poor pavement in spots. Descending will occupy your full attention.
This is probably the hardest pass I''ve ridden. I enjoyed it (in that odd way that cyclists do) but I missed the high alpine scenery that the other passes have.
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