River Jachen

This a a mountain bike tour of part of the Jachenau Valley in Southern Bavaria. Setting off from Lenggries, I headed south along the riverbank towards the small settlement of Leger. The route follows part of the River Jachen which itself has meandered along the Jachenau valley all the way down from its source in Walchensee. I stop in a clearing to take in the view down the Jachenau valley, the outline of the southern rock faces of the Latschenkopf and Benediktenwand mountains rise above the tree line. Turning back into the woods the Lettner Berg signals the start of the climb up the Rehgraben.

The River Jachen
The River Jachen
The River Jachen
The River Jachen
The River Jachen
Reflections on the water, the River Jachen
Leger
Leger
Leger
Farm near Leger
Jachenau Valley
Jachenau Valley
Latschenkopf and Benediktenwand
Latschenkopf and Benediktenwand
The Lettner Berg
The Lettner Berg

Rehgraben

Phew this is a steep climb, straight and narrow so not much chance to zig-zag up, this is head down and hope it isn’t too long. On the right, the path drops down twenty meters into the rock stream, on my left the forest slopes upwards …I reach the top after a couple of photo stops ! The path and forest opens out to the meadow of Röhrmoostal beneath the Brandkopf mountain.

The Rehgraben
The killer 90 degree turn at the bottom of the Rehgraben.
The climb up the Rehgraben
The climb up the Rehgraben
The path over the Rohrmoostal
The path over the Rohrmoostal

The path follows the outline of the Rohrmoostal meadows, the dome of the Brandkopf frames the view towards the Walchensee. A few fellow cyclist come from the other direction, with the intention to go down the Rehgraben, note to self, this might be easier next time !

The Brandkopf, Rohrmoostal Alm
The Brandkopf, Rohrmoostal Alm
Rohrmoostal Alm
Rohrmoostal Alm

Having climbed to the top I head down hill at speed along the Wildengraben. It’s steep but fun, the path curves around the mountain until it runs parallel with the Syvlensteinsee still hidden behind a line of screening mountains. I stop to photo the waterfall on Schonbach then head on downhill.

Waterfall in the Schonbach
Waterfall in the Schonbach

Then it all goes wrong..dammmIMG_3381

Puncture

As I head down hill enjoying the speed, I bounce over an unmarked cattle grid and deflate the back tyre, normally not a problem, if you have a pump….. The next hour I spend pushing the bike back down the mountain to the base of the Syvlensteinsee. No problem, time to call International Rescue . She’s out. Humm, mobile signal disappears…so I start walking along the road down to Lenggries. Thanks to a fellow mountain biker who stops and puts the bike into the back of his van and gives me a lift home, I’m saved.

31 May 2015

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