Across the Col Raiser to the Seceda
A mountain pasture walk in the Puez Odle nature park above Ortisei and S. Cristina.
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The Col Raiser is considered one of the most beautiful alpine pastures of the Valgardena valley. Thanks to the modern gondola cable-way, it is accessible for everyone. The panoramic view on the Odle mountain range, but also the rest of the Valgardena Dolomites from the Sella to the Sassolungo and Sassopiatto, makes our hearts leap for joy.
From the mountain station of the Col Raiser gondola cableway (2,100 m), we take the trail n° 4, leading us the way across meadows and high-alpine forests towards the Rif. Firenze. From this place, the hiking trail n°1 stretches towards the Seceda. After a short, steep passage, the trail snakes down to Lake Iman, a little mountain pond in the heart of Alpine pastures, which is located directly under the western Odle peak, the Fermeda pinnacle. The trail continues via the Rif. Troier farther towards west, slightly rising, up to the mountain station of the Seceda.
From this point, few minutes are left to the Seceda summit, which provides a breathtaking view of the Valgardena with Ortisei, the Rasciesa, Alpe di Siusi, Sassolungo and Sassopiatto, Sella, Puez-Odle and the Val di Funes with the Odle di Eores and the Sasso Putia. If you would like to know more mountain names, just take into account the panoramic circle. The way back to the Alpine pasture of the Col Raiser, where the mountain station of the funicular are located, comprises the trails 1A - 2 - 4A. A great walk in a fascinating mountain landscape.
If you would like to do this tour, inform yourselves in advance on the current conditions.
Starting point: Col-Raiser mountain hut (mountain station Col Raiser)
Trail: Col-Raiser - Rif. Firenze - Lake Iman - Rif. Trojer - Seceda mountain station - summit - Rif. Sophie - Rif. Daniel - Rif. Fermeda - Rif. Odles - Col-Raiser
Signposts: 4, 1, 1A, 2, 4A
Length of the track: about 9.5 km
Walking time: about 4 hours
Altitude difference: 480 m
Altitude: 2,050 - 2,450 m asl
Experienced: August 2010
Family-friendly? Yes. The way back described (4A-2-1A) can also be done with pram, even if the trail is rather steep. The trail n°1 is inappropriate for kids (steep and narrow).
Further information: S. Cristina tourist office, tel. +39 0471 777800, firstname.lastname@example.org