Highest Paved Roads
in the Alps
Road / Ötztaler Gletscherstraße
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
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
The storm to the left had just blown through and dumped rain on us..
Looking east, this is the road to the south / Nice, not the road I used today
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.
Looking north, Restefond is in the center of the frame
||Friday July 20,
I really enjoyed Iseran until the very end when the skies clouded up and there were too many ski lifts for my liking.
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
Turn 1 ... of 48
I really loved this climb, the pictures don't really do Kaunertal justice