steinmann und reste behausung am wilder mann buehel eppan sitzgelegenheit
steinmann und reste behausung am wilder mann buehel eppan sitzgelegenheit

Hike to the Colle dell’Uomo hill

Autumn hike across the Monticolo Forest to the famous viewpoint at the Monte di Mezzo of Appiano

November has coloured the broad-leaf forest with a multitude of blazing colours, slowly also the leaves start falling from the trees. What we decided to do today is a last promenade across the Monticolo Forest to soak up the warming sun-rays before the colder season gets started. From the parking space at the Big Monticolo Lake we walk along the lake, before we start following the trail no. 1 towards Ponte Adige (Sigmundskron). Along the road we can see that nature starts preparing for the winter season. The slight altitude difference and the broad trails make our excursion in this charming autumn landscape a pleasant promenade.

However, the last passage is rather steep and rough. First the trail narrows, then it gets rough, afterwards the 650 m high Colle dell'Uomo hill (Wilder Mann Bühel) must be scaled, that provides a great view on the area of San Paolo Appiano, San Michele Appiano and up to Merano. The hill is covered by remnants of settlements dating back to prehistoric times.

Stone pyramids made of red porphyry have been established in this place. After a break we decide to return, adding a walk round the Monticolo Lakes to our journey back. There are no more guests for bathing, but there are some blue damselflies and other dragonflies, as well as a natural gem that reflects the coloured autumn forest.

Author: AT

suited for families circular route difficulty: easy route with lake
  • Starting point:
    parking space at the Big Monticolo Lake
  • Time required:
    02:30 h
  • Track length:
    8,2 km
  • Altitude:
    from 496 m to 619 m
  • Altitude difference:
    +191 m | -191 m
  • Signposts:
    no. 1a, 1
  • Destination:
    Colle dell'Uomo / Wilder Mann Bühel
  • Resting points:
    Jausenstation Kleiner Montiggler See
  • Recommended time of year:
    Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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    Hike to the Colle dell’Uomo hill

If you want to do this hike, we suggest you to check the weather and trail conditions in advance and on site before setting out.

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