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Highest Paved Roads in the Alps




Huge thanks to Will and the community at cycling-challenge.com for the inspiration and the list.
I would have never done this without them.

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Rank
Biked
Links
Elevation (m)
Country
Road
Vertical (m)
Distance (km)
Start
Start elevation (m)
1
Monday July 15, 2019
cycling-challenge.com
2830
Austria
Ötztal Glacier Road / Ötztaler Gletscherstraße
1462
15
Sölden
1368
-Ötztal Glacier Road Ötztaler Gletscherstraße
Tiefenbachferner
The exit to the tunnel is the highest paved road in the Alps - 2830m
The ski lift above it more or less follows the path of the tunnel.
The rest rooms and ski lift entrance were the only things open in the main building.
The unheated outbuilding [at the edge of frame left] has a cash only bar and snack bar.
This ride was almost nearly car free..
ok, there were buses, construction vehicles, and a couple dozens cars and maybe a dozen motorcycles, but generally i was very alone and it was excellent
Ötztal Glacier Road Ötztaler Gletscherstraße
The tunnel is steep, straight up, poorly paved but not awful, and reasonably well lit..
This is the north / low end of Rosi Mittermaier Tunnel - 1729m long
The other end of the tunnel is the highest paved road in the Alps
To the right is Rettenbach glacier ski area
Ötztal Glacier Road Ötztaler Gletscherstraße
Ötztal Glacier Road Ötztaler Gletscherstraße
Turn 8
2
Monday July 15, 2018
cycling-challenge.com
2802
France
Cime de la Bonette
1607
23.8
Jausiers
1195
Cime de la Bonette
Looking south.
The storm to the left had just blown through and dumped rain on us..
Cime de la Bonette
Looking east, this is the road to the south / Nice, not the road I used today
Cime de la Bonette
Looking west, this is the road from the north (the road I used) along the ridgeline
The road up Col de la Moutiere 2454m is below, that's not the road I came in on.
Cime de la Bonette
Looking north, Restefond is in the center of the frame
Cime de la Bonette
Cime de la Bonette
3
Friday July 20, 2018
cycling-challenge.com
2764
France
Col de l’Iseran
1968
48
Bourg St Maurice
815
Col de l’Iseran
I really enjoyed Iseran until the very end when the skies clouded up and there were too many ski lifts for my liking.
Col de l’Iseran
Col de l’Iseran
Col de l’Iseran
Across the dam is the road to Tignes, which became famous to cyclists when the Tour de France stage was stopped on July 25 2019 after heavy rain washed ice off the glacier and onto the road
4
Wednesday July 5, 2017
cycling-challenge.com
2757
Italy
Stelvio
2051
42
Silandro / Schlanders
706
Stelvio
Stelvio
Turn 1 ... of 48
Stelvio
5
Sunday July 14, 2019
cycling-challenge.com
2750
Austria
Kaunertaler Gletscherpanoramastraße
1886
38
Prutz
864
Kaunertaler
Gletscherpanoramastraße
I really loved this climb, the pictures don't really do Kaunertal justice
Kaunertaler
Gletscherpanoramastraße
Kaunertaler
Gletscherpanoramastraße

Click here for the next page of the highest paved roads in the Alps

What got left off the list of highest paved roads in the Alps and why:
Col de la Bonette 2715m - see Cime de la Bonette
Col de Restefond 2649m -
see Cime de la Bonette
Hochtorpass 2504m - see Edelweissspritze
Umbrailpass 2501m - see Stelvio
Col de la Moutière 2454m -
see Cime de la Bonette
Griessee 2387m - see Nufenen
Colle d'Esischie 2370m - see Colle Fauniera
Livigno 2315m - see Bernina Pass
Lago dei Cavagnöö 2310m - tram only, pavement isn't connected to the rest of the world.
Passo Scimfuss 2242m - see Lago della Sella