Walk to San Martino al Monte

Easy walk along the High Altitude path of the Val Venosta, along the sunny slopes above Laces.

Laces in Val Venosta is the starting point of our little walk today. By funicular we reach the village of San Martino al Monte, located on a steep slope at 1,740 m asl. As the weather forecast is not too good for today, we decide to do a relatively short tour. From Sam Martino al Monte we take the path no. 2 (Vinschger Höhenweg) towards east, directed to Trumsberg. The first stage is asphalted, then it proceeds on a wide forested trail. The sun-drenched slope along which we walk is a little paradise with Alpine flowers that also attracts a large number of butterflies. Also impressive is the panoramic view on the valley, as well as on Martello up to the peak so of the Ortles mountains.

After less than one hour of walking, short before reaching the tavern of Platzair, a path turns off to the so-called “Dolomitenblick“ viewpoint. Only a short stage is to be considered very steep, afterwards walking becomes more easy again. Soon we reach the Dolomitenblick (lit. transl. view to the Dolomites), a viewpoint in the middle of meadows, equipped with benches and tables, ideal for a picnic, and a great place for enjoying the view on the mountains. But what’s that? Where we expect to be impressive mountains, there is only fog and clouds. What a pity. So we decide to head for our starting point by taking the paths no. 1B and 6. Thunder and lightning make us hurry up, and about 100 m before reaching the mountain station of the funicular, rain starts falling, but we made it.

Author: AT

If you would like to do this tour, please inform yourselves about the current conditions on site.

Starting point: mountain station San Martino in Colle
Path: San Martino in Colle - Platzair - Dolomitenblick - St. Martin Alpl - San Martino in Colle
Signpost: 2 (Vinschger Höhenweg), 1A, 1, 1B, 6
Walking time: 2 to 2.5 hour
Altitude difference: 380 m
Altitude: 1,670 to 1,980 m
Length of the trail: 7 km
Experienced: July 2011
Family-friendly? Yes, easy tour without further efforts. With buggies you can do the variant from San Martino to Platzair and the same way back.
Further information: tourist office Laces Martello, tel. +39 0473 623109

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