eppan wilder mann buehel
eppan wilder mann buehel

Hiking from the Monticolo lakes to the Wilder Mann Buehel

Autumn hike across the forest of Monticolo to the famous viewpoint at the Monte di Mezzo of Appiano.

November has coloured the broad-leaf forest with a multitude of blazing colours, slowly also the leaves start falling from the trees. What we decided to do today is a last promenade across the forest of Monticolo to soak up the warming sun-rays before the colder season gets started. From the parking space at the large lake of Monticolo we walk along the lake, before we start following the trail no. 1 towards Ponte d’Adige. Along the road we can see that nature starts preparing for the winter season.

The slight altitude difference and the broad trails make our excursion in this charming autumn landscape a pleasant promenade. However, the last passage is rather steep and rough. First the trail narrows, then it gets rough, afterwards the 650 m high hill must be scaled, that provides a great view on the area of S. Paolo up to Merano and surroundings. The Wilder Mann Buehel is covered by remnants of settlements dating back to prehistoric times.

Stone pyramids made of red porphyry have been established in this place. After a break we decide to return, adding a walk round the lakes of Monticolo to our journey back. There are no more guests for bathing, but there are some blue damselflies and other dragonflies, as well as a natural gem that reflects the coloured autumn forest.

Author: AT

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

Starting point: parking space lake of Monticolo
Signposts: no. 1a, 1
Trail length: approx. 8 km (incl. walk round the lakes)
Walking time: about 2.5 hours
Altitude difference: approx. 250 m
Altitude level: between 500 and 650 m a.s.l.
Experienced in: November 2010
Suitable for families? Yes, but the last passage up to the Wilder Mann Buehel is not suitable for prams.

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