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Hike from Salorno to the Passo Sauch

On a scouting expedition in the most southerly part of South Tyrol: The “Dürer Path” to the Passo Sauch was an important trade route in medieval times. Nowadays it is an insiders’ tip for a hiking trip, especially in spring and autumn.

Starting point of our hike today is Pochi di Salorno (Buchholz), a small village above Salorno, at about 560 m a.s.l. At the entrance of the village we walk along the road towards south until the path no. 1 branches off at the left. This path proceeds through the forest and vineyards, past old farmyards until a parking space. From here we follow the markers no. 1 (Sauch) and "Dürer Path".

Here we get an idea how the people crossed the Alps in the time of Albrecht Dürer's tour of Italy. After about 2 hours we reach the Passo Sauch mountain pass (920 m a.s.l.). The “Rifugio Sauch” mountain hut offers traditional South Tyrolean and Trentino cuisine. After our deserved break we follow the path no. 409b until the "Roccolo del Sauch", a former bird trap. Today especially migrating birds are observed and ringed here. Here we turn and walk back again to the mountain hut, then along the path no. 409B downhill. Out of the wood we reach the southern vineyards of Pochi di Salorno and finally follow the asphalted road back to our starting point.

Author: AT

If you want to do this hike, please take information about the weather and the current conditions of the trail on site!

Starting point: Pochi di Salorno (junction: path no. 1 to the Rif. Sauch)
Signposts: 1, Dürer Path, 409B
Trail length: approx. 11 km (in total)
Walking time: about 3.75 hours (in total)
Altitude difference: approx. 540 m
Altitude level: between 420 and 935 m a.s.l.
Rest point: Rifugio Sauch
Experienced in: May 2014

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