wanderung rifugio puez huette
wanderung rifugio puez huette

Hike from the Col Pradat to the Rif. Puez and to the eastern tip of the Puez

Starting from the Col Pradat, the famous viewpoint beneath the mighty Sassongher, we climb up to the Gardenaccia Highland to reach the famous Rif. Puez mountain hut and further to the eastern tip of the Puez.

The Col Pradat gondola, which starts in Colfosco, takes us up to 2,030 m asl in a few minutes. Here a grandiose Dolomite landscape opens up - the view reaches from the Fanes group to the Marmolada, in front of us the mighty Sella massif and the green landscape between the Passo Gardena mountain pass and the village of Corvara.

We start on path no. 4A - first 100 m downhill, then steadily uphill, the gradient gradually increases. Soon our path merges with path no. 4, which comes up from Colfosco through the Valle della Stella Alpina valley. The path becomes narrower and a bit rougher, on the left side the rock walls of the Ciampac rise, on the right the rugged rock face of Mt. Sassongher. We walk near the lake, which is shallow at the moment, and climb up to the Col Ciampëi to admire the Vallelunga valley. Now we continue on path no. 2 to the Rif. Puez mountain hut. We have walked for almost 2 hours, it is time for a refreshment, the Rif. Puez mountain hut is just right.

From the hut, trail no. 14 leads us past the Col de Puez, we hike on a steep serpentine path through scree terrain up to the eastern Puez peak at 2,913 m above s.l.m. The summit cross is small, but you will be rewarded with a wonderful 360° panorama.

On the way there we noticed the big hill, Col de la Sone, so on the way back we make a detour there and have a close look at it. The impressions of the lunar landscape at 2.500 m above sea level, the delicate alpine flowers and the magnificent panorama of the Dolomites make this hiking tour a great experience, especially when the weather is fine as today.

Authors: AT and PG

Important: if you want to do this hike, please take information about the current conditions on site!

Starting point: Colfosco, Col Pradat mountain station
Signposts: no. 4A, 4, 2, 14
Distance: 7,5 km (each direction), the alternative route to the Col de la Sone is 2 km longer
Walking time: 3 hours (each direction), the alternative route to the Col de la Sone is 1 hour longer
Altitude difference: approx. 913 m
Altitude level: between 2,000 and 2,913 m asl
Experienced in: july 2020

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