abstieg zum unterstell hof
abstieg zum unterstell hof

Hike to the Sottomonte Farms

Along the Merano High Route we walk from the village of Monte Santa Caterina in the Val Senales valley to the Sottomonte Farms at the Monte Sole in Naturno.

This walking tour promises beautiful views on the Val Senales valley, the Val Venosta and Reinhold Messner's Juval Castle. Our starting point is Monte Santa Caterina (Katharinaberg) in Senales. The village is located on a hill in the lower Val Senales valley. Along the path no. 10A we climb up to the junction with the Merano High Route (no. 24) which we follow towards south-east.

We pass picturesque old farms (Unterperfl, Wand, Kopfron, Waldhof) and reach the Innerunterstell inn, then the route leads us to the Linthof and Patleid Farms at the Monte Sole in Naturno. There we take the path no. 10 down to Sottomonte (Unterstell). For the way back you can either take the same route or choose the cable car to Naturno and then the bus back to Monte Santa Caterina.

This section of the Alta Via di Merano (Meraner Höhenweg, Merano High Route) proceeds across meadows and through woods on the steep slopes of the lower Val Senales valley, along well-prepared forest paths, which require surefootedness but are easy to walk. Past little waterfalls and extremely located mountain farms we can only guess how difficult farming has been here for hundred of years. Also impressive is the view from the Val Senales valley across the lower Val Venosta, the villages in the valley and the neighbouring mountain groups.

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: Monte S. Caterina / Katharinaberg (village centre)
Destination: Unterstell (cable car station)
Signposts: 10A, 24, Meraner Höhenweg / Alta Via di Merano, 10, 10A
Trail length: approx. 7 km
Walking time: about 2.5 hours
Altitude difference: approx. 420 m (ascent), 370 m (descent)
Altitude level: between 1,240 and 1,510 m a.s.l.
Experienced in: September 2010

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