badia blumenwiesen bei castalta
badia blumenwiesen bei castalta

Hike from San Leonardo to La Crusc

Walking from Badia via Oies and Castalta to reach the famous Holy Cross (Santa Croce) Pilgrimage Church at the foot of the mighty Mt. Sasso di Santa Croce

The Santa Croce Pilgrimage Church, or La Crusc as the natives are used to call it, is just one of the wonderful and suggestive places in the Dolomites. The sanctuary stands above the valley, but it seems to be tiny if we compare it to the majestic Dolomites in the background. Our starting point is in Badia in the village San Leonardo (San Linert).

We follow the signpost no. 13A to Oies, where Saint Joseph Freinademetz was born. We walk up a narrow path through the wood to reach the farmsteads in Castalta, which are surrounded by a wonderful alpine landscape with green meadows. In June it becomes a great explosion of colours and fragrances.

After the rest point we go on and reach the tree line and our destination, the La Crusc Pilgrimage Church and the adjacent hospice. Here we have a rest cuddled by the pleasant temperature. This church is a very well-known destination among the pilgrims. We follow now the path no. 7 towards the intermediate station of the chairlift which will take us back to San Leonardo, our starting point. It is a very suggestive hike through a wonderful natural landscape!

Author: AT

circular route difficulty: moderate with lifts
  • Starting point:
    Badia (San Leonardo)
  • Time required:
    03:10 h
  • Track length:
    8,7 km
  • Altitude:
    from 1.344 m to 2.034 m
  • Altitude difference:
    +742 m | -238 m
  • Route:
    Badia - Oies - Sotrú - Larzonei - Castalta - La Crusc
  • Signposts:
    13A, 13, 7
  • Destination:
    La Crusc chair lift (intermediate station)
  • Resting points:
    Tana dell'Orso, La Crusc
  • Recommended time of year:
    Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
  • Download GPX track:
    Hike from San Leonardo to La Crusc

If you want to do this hike, we suggest you to check the weather and trail conditions in advance and on site before setting out.

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