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geotrail pufels bulla

Geotrail Bulla

On the traces of geologic history: the strata between Bulla in the Val Gardena and Passo Pinei provide an insight into a bygone era - a very special walk on the geologic trail.

In summer 2011 the Bulla Geotrail was inaugurated. This path stretching between Ortisei and Passo Pinei makes you get an insight into the evolution of the Val Gardena and the Dolomites. The walk starts at Passo Pinei (Pinëi), situated along the road from Ortisei to Castelrotto.

From here we walk past the Hotel Panider Sattel, on the path n° 3A towards Bulla. This first section makes you walk past blossoming meadows with single larch trees and Swiss stone pines. Slightly rising, the small path leads across the forest (signpost 3A), until the signpost "Geotrail" indicates a way down on the left that soon after joins a forest road. This is where the geologic trail actually starts. Time and again, along the forest there are panels providing information on the geologic strata in this area.

After a curve you reach the village of Bulla and the trail joins the local road network. Having visited the lovely centre, we proceed the way up across the meadows on the west side of the valley (signposts 24 and 3A), passing by beautiful ancient farmsteads, until we reach Col da Locia. Now the Geotrail Bulla takes you on your way back on a path paralleling the one on which you came, just slightly higher. The view of the Val Gardena with Ortisei, Mt Seceda and the Odle Group in the background is just amazing.

Author: AT

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

Starting point: Passo Pinei
Signpost: 3A, Geotrail Bulla, 24
Distance: approx. 7 km
Walking time: approx. 2.5 hours
Altitude difference: 220 m
Altitude: between 1,440 and 1,600 m asl
Experienced in: August 2011

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