This is a spectacular and dangerous high mountain trail, climbing up to Viderjoch. The road starts in Ischgl, a town in the Paznaun Valley in the Austrian state of Tyrol, at an elevation of 1.377m above the sea level. The road starts with a tarmac surface, leading to Idalpe, at 2.318m asl. There’s an elevation gain of 1.000m in the first 7 km. The first kilometer is almost exactly 20% all the time. The next kilometers reach the ski lift station with one kilometer almost flat. For 5km, then, there’s a steep average around 20% to Idalpe.
The road is difficult and it’s a nightmare in the wet or dark (or both). The last part of the climb, with a length of 3-4km, it’s pretty easy, but there are 2-3 very short ramps with gradients of around 20-30%. This gradient makes this road one of the most difficult climbs in the world. Arriving to the top, the last kilometer is over 42%. It’s impossible to ride it. The rest of the road down to Compatsch is very steep, but driveable. It's one of the highest mountain roads of the country.
It has a well-deserved reputation for being dangerous because of unpredictable snowstorms and blizzards, and driving under these conditions, can be extremely challenging. The views are very nice up at Viderjoch and you can get up to the Greitspitze (2.871m) rather easily and get even better views. A gravel road leads to a chairlift at an elevation of 2.876m (9,435ft) above the sea level.
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