auerberg alm ulten
auerberg alm ulten

Hike to Lake Campolago

The Auerberg Valley branches off the Val d’Ultimo valley and stretches up to the top of the Maddalene Mountain Chain: Past the Auerberg Hut we reach the Seefeld Mountain Hut at 2,100 m a.s.l.

Autumn is already knocking on the door as we start our hike through the Auerberg Valley: The first snowfalls have made it temporarily below the 2000-metre mark. In the valley floor of the Val d'Ultimo at the level of the Nördenwies and Grünhaus Farms we follow the forest road to the Auerberg Mountain Hut (Auerberg Alm). A forest path shortens the first section of the trail a little.

We reach the alp at 1,640 m a.s.l. after about one hour. From here we continue uphill through the valley. At about 1,800 m a.s.l. it gets steeper and the trail changes - instead of the forest road the route follows now a partly paved mule track which leads along the rock on the eastern side of the valley. From the valley gorge we reach the timberline, where a natural wet meadow landscape expands. Here lies the Seefeld Mountain Hut (Seefeldalm). Another 50 m of altitude difference separate us from the destination of our hike, Lake Campolago (Seefeldsee).

It is located in the middle of a high moor, surrounded by the peaks of the Maddalene Mountain Chain: Mt. Cima Olmi, Mt. Cima Campolago, Mt. Cima Stübele and Monte Faggiola surround the area. For the way back down to San Nicolò (St. Nikolaus) we take the same route - of course, we also enjoy a cosy stop at the Auerberg Mountain Hut, the only snack station along the way.

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: Ultimo Valley Road at San Nicolò
Route: San Nicolò - Auerberg Mountain Hut - Seefeld Mountain Hut - Lake Campolago
Signposts: no. 18, "Seefeldalm"
Distance: 5.5 km (each direction)
Walking time: about 2.5 - 3 hours ascent, 2 hours descent
Altitude difference: approx. 940 m
Altitude level: between 1,220 and 2,175 m a.s.l.
Hiking with dogs: suitable (attention: grazing animals!)
Experienced in: September 2019

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