wanderweg bei petersberger leger winter
wanderweg bei petersberger leger winter

Winter hike to the Schmieder Mountain Hut

Across the snow-covered Mt. Regolo, we walk from the Madonna di Pietralba Pilgrimage Site to the Bel Riposo and Schmieder Mountain Hust, and back via the Monte San Pietro Mountain Hut.

Round Mt. Corno Bianco, in the forests between Nova Ponente (Deutschnofen) and Aldino (Aldein), there is a vast network of forest paths, which in winter are ideal for walking and cross-country skiing. Today we are going to experience this area. From the Madonna di Pietralba Pilgrimage Site near Monte San Pietro (accessible by car or bus), we follow the path up to the Bel Riposo Mountain Hut (Schönrast Alm). First we walk on a snow-capped path a short section up, then we proceed on a comfortable path across the forest, until we reach the Bel Riposo Mountain Hut.

This is where our walk starts paralleling a cross-country ski track, leading to the Schmieder Mountain Hut (Schmieder Alm), situated further in the south. Both huts are open in winter and offer local delicacies. Due to the perfect conditions and the good weather, we decide to extend the way back: At the Bel Riposo Mountain Hut we decide to take the path to the Köser Valley.

The path proceeds at the edge of the cross-country ski track. At a junction in the valley, we follow the route towards the Ora Mountain Hut (Auerleger Alm). Short after, we can enjoy a great view on the Sarentino Alps up to the Ortles Alps on the one hand, and on the Dolomites with Mt. Sciliar, Mt. Catinaccio and Mt. Latemar on the other side. Now on our left, the path no. 2B branches off, leading down to the Monte San Pietro Mountain Hut (Petersberger Leger Alm) at 1,530 m a.s.l. It is a narrow path, leading across the deep snow. From this mountain hut (possibility to stop) it is only a short walk back to Pietralba. This is where our extended, but easy walking tour ends, directly under the above mentioned sanctuary.

Author: AT

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

Starting point: Pietralba at Monte San Pietro, Nova Ponente
Signposts: E5, 15, 2A, 2B, 2
Distance: approx. 12 km (in total)
Walking time: about 4 hours (in total)
Altitude difference: about 440 m
Altitude: between 1,455 and 1,760 m a.s.l.
Experienced in: January 2014

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