Only a few kilometres east of the banks of the River Lech, Steingaden in Pfaffenwinkel is well-known because of its church, the Wieskirche. This famous pilgrim’s church is not the only attraction. In winter there are nice cross-country ski runs around Steingaden as well. The loipe in the north towards Lauterbach is really varied and with some ascents and descents sometimes sporty too. The diverse Alpine foothills with a clear view of the Ammer Mountains give it a stunning backdrop.
The start of the cross-country ski run is at the north end of Steingaden on the Grubfeldweg, near the Schongauer Straße. From there the loipe heads straight on and a little downhill at first over the Lauterbach pastures until you reach a fork, where you turn right and then head straight on. Initially the trail is pretty flat. Soon you will reach a longer descent. After approximately one and a half kilometres the trail enters into the woods until you reach the Rosskopf, the highest point on the trail, then makes a turn to the left. After a descent you will reach the lake, the Deutensee. Then another longer ascent begins until you reach a road. After this you can let the skis run downhill a bit until you reach another fork where the trail began. The last section back is also slightly downhill until you reach the outskirts of Steingaden. Te practical thing is there are also several places to have a bite to eat or a drink at the start and finish. For example: the Gasthof Lindenhof and Gasthof Graf where they serve typical Bavarian cuisine.