One of our top 10 day hikes in the world
- 9 miles / 14.5 km with 500 m ascent / 1100 m descent
- there are many alternate trails, of course
- best during the summer months while the gondola is operating
- trailhead is Selva di Val Gardena
Why We Like This Hike
- fantastic vistas of jagged Dolomite peaks
- family friendly as you can get to elevation with a cablecar
- Rifugio Puez is a good destination for lunch or hot drinks
- extend the walk if you have good weather, time and energy
- there are many more great hikes nearby
- dangerous in wet or snowy conditions
- dangerous in case of lightning storm, common in the afternoon
- there might be snow patches at highest elevations even late in the summer
- cablecar is sometimes shut down
- some will argue that nearby Tre Cime di Lavaredo is even better
If you opt to take the chairlift up, one-way cost in 2018 was about $30. (Parking free between 8:30am and 6:30pm with the purchase of a gondola ticket,)
We don’t know of any hiking guides for this day hike. You don’t need one.
- arrange transport to Selva di Val Gardena, in the Upper Val Gardena area of the Dolomites. It’s about 30 kilometres (19 mi) east of the city of Bolzano.
- from town you can take the Dantercepies chairlift
- at the top, head towards Rifugio Jimmy
- from Jimmy take the no. 2 trail up and up
- Continue to Rifugio Puez
- from Rifugio Puez return to town via trail no. 16
- Val Gardena tourist information
Best Trekking Guidebooks
- Cicerone Shorter Walks in the Dolomites
Tobacco topo maps are for sale locally. But you probably won’t need one if only doing this hike.
Best Travel Guidebooks
Best Trip Reports
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