17 / Klausenpass : Glarus - Altdorf (A Ride through the Clouds)

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ssn696 | February 5, 2006 | Europe > Switzerland Motorcycle Roads > Switzerland
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  • ssn696
  • Honda GL500
  • score: 111
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January 19, 2014 - Star Rating Graphic

We rode this pass in June 2013 and despite riding over the peak in a blizzard (interesting) really enjoyed the scenery when the snow gave way to rain. I\'d love to try it again in better weather.

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January 16, 2010 - Star Rating Graphic

A very nice and long pass in the swiss alps. Watch out for cows on the road and the high traffic in the height of the season.
The Klausenpass combines narrow bends with wide open turns. The surface is fine, though there is a few hundred meters of cobblestone road.
Overall its a very recommendable ride, as it can be combined with various other routes in the swiss alps.

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March 16, 2009 - Star Rating Graphic

Beautiful Alpine-pass. The biggest problem here is its height. This is the cause why this pass is frequently closed due to snow, even during summer. When you find it open: ride it! Spectacular views, great tarmac (and an view stretches of cobblestones if I am not mistaken). Be adviced that there might be a cow on the loose here, for the rest, ride it and love it!!

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  • Naba
  • Yamaha TDM850
  • score: 97
March 12, 2009 - Star Rating Graphic

Spectacular and breath-taking. On weekends, the road is full of motorbikes and sport cars so Id choose a weekday if I was to ride it again.

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  • ostrye
  • BMW K1300R (2011)
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February 5, 2006 - Star Rating Graphic

Comments: Among my riding experiences in Switzerland, I would rank this route as Number ONE. If you are lucky to have a clear day to ride this route, expect views for miles and miles. The road winds up and up through a long alpine valley with sky-scraping granite peaks, and then back and forth up the valley wall until all the trees are gone. There is a nice spot at the summit to stop for a coffee and the loo. We spotted a cow behind the restaurant gently chewing its cud so as not to disturb the enormous bell hanging around its neck, briefly enjoying a moment of peace. On the way back down towards the east the road is literally carved into a cliff, providing a bit of the \'whoops\' in your belly as you peer over the guardrail. There is an unbelievable waterfall across the valley that drops several hundred meters into the green abyss, rare these days as most are tapped for electric power generation. The trip ends down near the Vierwaldstaettersee in Altdorf, where there is a monument to William Tell. The ride along the lake to Schwyz is amazing follow-on, but I shall describe it in another entry. Although this website does not support photos of the routes, please go to my travel-log, www.travel-switzerland.net and look for the link \'Klausenpass\' to see more info and photos. Be very careful of your speed, particularly on weekends. We passed many a bicyclist grinding up the 8% grade, plus boneheads like me who are constantly pulling over for photos. This is a road where you could tear around the switchbacks, only to find a motorcop with a radar gun sitting there waiting just for you. I know, I followed him for about 15 km. But then I stopped at nearly every place he did because of the spectacular views. (He used them to watch for likely candidates.)

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