A very bumpy, grueling road to Karlsbader Hütte

Karlsbader Hütte is a high mountain refuge at an elevation of 2.244m (7,362ft) above the sea level, located in the heart of the Lienz Dolomites, in the Austrian state of Tyrol.

Karlsbader Hütte

Surrounded by the imposing Lienz Dolomites, a road leads directly to the hut. It’s called Dolomitenstraße. It is half tarmac, half gravel. The road is impassable in winters.

Located next to the crystal-clear Laserzsee lake, the road is 12.5km (7.76 miles) long. The final 3.1 km are unpaved and closed to motor vehicles. It can be reached by mountain bike.

The road to the hut is extremely steep, hitting an 18% through some of the ramps. Immense is probably the right word to describe this climb. Starting from Bad Jungbrunn, the ascent to the hut is 12.5km (7.76 miles) long. Over this distance the elevation gain is 1.582 meters. The average gradient is 11.83%.
Pic: frans hendriks