hirzelweg rosengarten blick auf latemar
hirzelweg rosengarten blick auf latemar

Hike at the foot of the Catinaccio

Autumnal mountain hike on the western hillside of the Catinaccio mountain group: From the Rifugio Fronza alle Coronelle (Kölner Hütte) via the Hirzel-path to the Rif. Paolina and Masaré and back to the Frommeralm via the Perlenweg path.

Due to the high fog above the South Tyrolean valleys we decide to do this mountain hike to enjoy the sun. At the Frommeralm (mountain hut) we take the Laurin lift up to the Rif. Fronza alle Coronelle (2,336 m a.s.l.) at the western side of the Catinaccio (Rosengarten). A gorgeous panoramic view waits for us, the Latemar rises out of the high fog and let us believe to hover over the clouds. We follow the Hirzelweg path (marker no. 549, later 552) towards south to the Paolina Mountain Hut. From there the path leads downhill to the Masaré Mountain Hut, where we take our lunch break before we walk further down to the crossroads with the Pearl Path (Perlenweg).

This we follow towards north - it leads us straight back to the Frommeralm through the forest. The Laurin-chairlift to the Rif. Fronza alle Coronelle is in operation until mid October. It is also possible to hike from the Frommeralm via the path no. 15 up to the Rif. Fronza alle Coronelle. In this case the mountain hike becomes more difficult, 6oo meters in altitude and a longer walking time of approx. 90 minutes are to manage.

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: Frommeralm (Nigerpass-road), Laurin lift
Trail length: 10 km
Signposts: 549, 552, 6A, 1A, Hirzelsteig, Perlenweg
Altitude difference: 110 m (ascent), 740 m (descent)
Altitude level: between 1,760 and 2,340 m a.s.l.
Walking time: 2.5 - 3 hours
Experienced in: October 2012

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