la crusc heiligkreuz
la crusc heiligkreuz

Hike from San Leonardo to Santa Croce

Walking from Badia to reach the famous sanctuary of Santa Croce at the foot of the Sasso Santa Croce - it is a perfect spring hike.

The church Santa Croce, or the Crusc as the natives are used to call it, is just one of the wonderful and suggestive places in the Dolomites. The sanctuary stands above the valley, but it seems to be tiny if we compare it to the majestic Dolomites in the background. Our starting point is in Badia in the village San Leonardo. We follow the signpost nr. 13A until Oies, where San Josef Freinademetz was born. Walking through the wood we walk up a narrow path to reach the farmsteads in Castalta, which are surrounded by a wonderful alpine landscape with green meadows.

In June it becomes a great explosion of colours and fragrances. After the refreshment area, we go on and we arrive at the border of the wood and we reach our target, the church Santa Croce and the old poor people’s home. Here we have a rest cuddled by the pleasant temperature.

This church is a very well-known destination among the pilgrims. We follow now the path nr 7 towards the chairlift which will take us back to San Leonardo, our starting point. It is a very suggestive hike through a wonderful natural landscape.

Author: AT

circular route difficulty: moderate with lifts
  • Starting point:
    Badia (San Leonardo)
  • Time required:
    03:10 h
  • Track length:
    8,7 km
  • Altitude:
    from 1.344 m to 2.034 m
  • Altitude difference:
    +742 m | -238 m
  • Route:
    Badia - Oies - Sotrú - Larzonei - Castalta - La Crusc
  • Signposts:
    13A, 13, 7
  • Destination:
    La Crusc chair lift (intermediate station)
  • Resting points:
    Tana dell'Orso, La Crusc
  • Recommended time of year:
    Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

If you want to do this hike, we suggest you to check the weather and trail conditions in advance and on site before setting out.

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