Tre Cime round hike and down to Lake Misurina
Today for the second time I visited Tre Cime! Two days ago I could do only half of the Tre Cime tour because I had to go down to the valley which lies 1000m below.
When I arrived at the Auronzo Hütte (2330m) under the cloudy sky, it had a completely different atmosphere from two days ago. Today the air was cold, the heavy ominous clouds were hanging over the peaks of Drei Zinnen. The good side of the story was that only a few tourists and hikers were around!
Rifugio Auronzo at 2333m
After sipping a hot chocolate in the quiet hütte restaurant, I was happy to look outside and admire the majestic peaks, despite the heavy clouds.
Fuelled by the warm drink, I braved into a cold air and started walking. The south side of Tre Cime stands over the path and it is impressive!
Kreuzbergpass 1636m -> Burgstall 2161m -> Fischleinbodenhütte 1454m -> Moos 1339m
500m up, 800m down
3nd day in the Dolomites. Another great walk around the imposing Sextner Rotwand (2936m).
Today’s trailhead, Kreuzbergpass 1636m
A great view ahead!
The path in the middle of rocks.. Happy they are not falling off immediately!
Crossing a snow field
Today’s highest point, Burgstall 2161m
The steep path down…
The peak of Burgstall at left.
Looking back where I came down. Some people are still there to negotiate with a difficult part of the path.
Full of yellow flowers
The path I came down..
A view from the woods
Coming down to the valley and looking back impressive peaks.
Rif Auronzo 2320m -> Lavaredohütte (2344m) ->DreiZinnenhütte 2405m -> Talchlusshütte (1548m) -> Fischleinbodenhütte 1454m
200m ascent; 950m descent
I was walking in a heaven today : ) Too many majestic peaks in every direction and I did not know which way to look at….
A imposing view of Drei Zinnen, south face
North face of the Drei Zinnen
A breathtaking view
I did not get tired of looking at these peaks!
The path to Drei Zinnen Hütte
Dreizinnenhütte with a red roof
Dreizinnenhütte, currently in renovation and closed.
3 hours down to the valley
Two beautiful lakes, Bödenseen
Dreizinnenhütte from behind; now steep downhill to the valley
Going down to the valley
A good illustration of my walk today
A cute hütte, Talschlusshütte (1548m)
Looking back the path
A view from Dolomitenhof (1454m)
A view from the rented apartment in Moos, a room with a view!!
Lago di Braies (1494m) – Forela Sora Forno (2388m) – Rifugio Biella (2327m) – Grünwaldalm (1590m) – Lago di Braies (1494m)
17km (estimated), 1100m up and down
The Dolomites wich I have long dreamed of!
Today’s plan was to walk the first part of the famous Alta Via 1 (a 120km long-distance hiking route) and take the route 23 & 19 back to the lake. The Alta Via 1 hike is on my wish-list for a while so it will give me some ideas for this route for the future.
At the trailhead we were welcomed by the amazing green color of the lake, Lago di Braies, surrounded by impressive peaks! Being on the Alta Via 1, I was already all smiles : ))
Lago di Braies, a boat pier
A quaint church at the lakeside
After going around one side of the lake, a very steep climb started. Several people were going up and one Italian was coming up steadily but with lots of efforts. He was doing the Alta Via carrying a 22 kg bag including a tent and all you need for sleeping outdoors! No wonder he was sweating.
Some parts are very steep
… and somewhat scary
We were happy to reach the top at 2300m and had our well-deserved picnic lunch “on the rocks” with a fantastic 360-degree view.
I am on the Via Alta!
From the Rifugio Biella the flat path started but it did not last long. With small up and downs we walked around the impressive mountain Sas dla Porta / Seekofel at the level of 2300m. And then, inevitable, after the ascent, the decent. It was a path of scree. We had to concentrate not to slip. It is almost like snowshoeing on powder snow. But more tiring….
Going down on the sliding scree
Down to the valley, looking up where we came down…
Happy to finish this exhausting downhill and back to the lake, we replenished our batteries with a cup of tea and a cold beer at the Grand Lakeside Hotel terrace…