Hike from the Col Raiser to the top of Mt Seceda

This beautiful mountain pasture walk in the Puez-Odle Nature Park follows the path above Ortisei and Santa Cristina.

The Col Raiser is considered one of the most beautiful alpine pastures of the Gardena valley. Thanks to the modern cable car, it is accessible for everyone. The panoramic view on the Odle Group, but also the rest of the Val Gardena Dolomites from the Sella Massif to Mt Sassolungo and Mt Sasso Piatto, makes our hearts leap for joy.

From the mountain station of the Col Raiser Cable Car (2,100 m asl), we take the trail n° 4, leading us the way across meadows and forests towards the Firenze mountain hut. From this place, the hiking trail n° 1 stretches towards Mt 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: Mt Fermeda. The trail continues via the Troier mountain hut farther towards west, slightly rising, up to the mountain station of the Seceda chairlift at 2,500 m asl.

From this point, few minutes are left to the Seceda summit with the summit cross (2,519 m asl), which provides a breathtaking view of the Val Gardena with Ortisei, the Rasciesa Alp, on the other side Alpe di Siusi, Mt Sassolungo and Mt Sasso Piatto, the mighty Sella Massif, the Odle and Puez Groups and also the Funes valley with the summits of the Odle di Eores and Mt Sass de Putia. If you would like to know more mountain names, just take into account the panoramic circle with 360 degrees view. The way back to the Alpine pasture of the Col Raiser, where the mountain station of the cable car is located, comprises the trails 1A, 2 and 4A. A great walk in the fascinating mountain landscape of the Dolomites, a World Heritage site!

Author: AT

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

Starting point: Raiser mountain hut (mountain station of the Col Raiser Cable Car)
Route: Raiser mountain hut - Firenze mountain hut - Lake Iman - Troier mountain hut - Seceda chairlift - summit cross of Mt Seceda - Sofie mountain hut - Daniel mountain hut - Fermeda mountain hut - Odles mountain hut - Col Raiser Alp
Signpost: 4, 1, 1A, 2, 4A
Distance: approx. 9.5 km
Walking time: approx. 4 hours
Altitude difference: 480 m
Altitude level: between 2,050 and 2,450 m asl
Suitable for families? Yes, the way back described (n° 4A, 2, 1A) can also be done with pram, even if the trail is rather steep. The trail n° 1 is inappropriate for kids and prams (steep and narrow).
Experienced in: August 2010

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