Ultental Weissbrunnsee
Ultental Weissbrunnsee

Hike to the Rifugio Canziani at the Lago Verde

This hike in Val d’Ultimo valley gives us an amazing view on the surrounding 3,000-metre peaks.

Our tour starts at the parking space of Lake Fontana Bianca (Weissbrunnsee, 1,885 m a.s.l.) where also the Val'Ultimo road ends. We take the marker no. 140 and pass the restaurant on the right side. The path leads us up and after 20 minutes we reach the first turnoff, we walk into the direction of "Lago Verde" (Green Lake, or Grünsee).

We leave the timber line behind us and the path gets steeper and steeper. But the landscape and the surrounding mountains are wonderful so that we forget the effort. It's a warm and sunny day in autumn, but on the peaks there is already snow. Now we have reached the 2,500 m level and the air is quite cool, but we can already see the Rifugio Canziani mountain hut (Höchsterhütte) and are looking forward to enjoying a warm drink there. After almost two hours we finally reach the Green Lake and enjoy the amazing color of the water. Now we know why this lake has its name! The Canziani Mountain Hut is situated at 2,560 m a.s.l., here we have a wonderful view to the surrounding mountains: Mt. Cima Sternai (3,443 m a.s.l.), Mt. Cima Sternai Meridionale (3,385 m a.s.l.), Mt. Cima Fontana Bianca (3,253 m a.s.l.) and Mt. Gioveretto (3,439 m a.s.l.).

After a rest in the hut we start our way back. This mountain hike can also be continued, e.g. to Lago Lungo lake (literally: Long Lake, 2,340 m a.s.l.) or until the Passo Rabbi (Rabbi Joch, 2,449 m a.s.l.). The hut is also base for tours to the glacier or hikes to the surrounding alps and huts in the neighboring Trentino.

Author: ED

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

Starting point: parking space at Lake Fontana Bianca, Val d'Ultimo valley
Signpost: no. 140
Altitude difference: 670 m
Distance: approx.4.5 km (each direction)
Walking time: about 3 hours
Suitable for families? Yes, but only for children who are in good shape and used to hike. The path is very steep sometimes. Not suitable for push-chairs.
Experienced in: September 2011

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