Mountain tour to Mt. Lagazuoi

Impressive mountain hike in the Dolomites of the Alta Badia and Cortina d’Ampezzo.

At the parking-space of Saré, south of San Cassiano, we start our tour to the Rif. Lagazuoi mountain hut. In the shadow of the surrounding peaks we follow the “Nikolaus von der Flühe” reflection path, which leads us first to the Sass Dlacià Chapel and further on to the Capanna Alpina mountain hut. Here we follow the marker to the Rif. Scotoni mountain hut, the path is wide and leads us quite steep uphill. The valley is surrounded by the mighty peaks of the Dolomites: Mt. Conturines, Mt. Lagazuoi, the Fanes peaks, only to call the most important. After 45 minutes we reach Rifugio Scotoni which is placed on a small platform.

Here the path starts, which leads us through a canyon up to Lake Lagazuoi, a small, clear mountain lake in which the bizarre peaks of the Fanes Group are reflected. We will have a lot of amazing impressions today, but this view is probably the most beautiful one! After a short rest we walk further up the path no. 20, which is crossing the Dolomite High Route. It runs parallel to the steep rugged rocks of the Fanes peaks and Mt. Gran Lagazuoi. Still quite a while we have to walk step by step uphill, the vegetation becomes more and more sparsely. At 2,500 m asl the scant moonscape, which is typical for the Dolomites, starts.

The last 200 m uphill start at the Forcella del Lagazuoi saddle until the mountain station of the cable car. The path runs uphill in serpentines. Remains of forts which were built in WWI and the Mountain Warfare (1915-1918) can be seen. We reach the mountain top and enjoy a gorgeous panoramic view. After a while we board the cable car down to the Passo di Falzarego pass and take the bus back to our starting point (please take information about the current time-table!).

Author: AT

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

Starting point: Saré (parking space south of San Cassiano, bus stop)
Signposts: Tru de meditaziun, 11, 20, Dolomites-Ridgeway no. 1
Distance: 8.4 km
Walking time: about 3.5 hours
Altitude difference: 1,160 m
Altitude level: between 1,660 and 2,750 m asl
Experienced in: August 2012

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