Follow the red and white markers through the spectacular countryside of the Brenta Dolomites from Molveno to Rifugio Pedrotti, one of the most well-known rifugios in the area.
Begin the day by taking the cable car from Molveno to Pradel, there is a great viewpoint here over the lake south of Molveno, then take the 2 person chairlift from Pradel to the top station near Rifugio Montanara. From here follow the red and white painted markers, typical of Alpine mountain paths, through forest passing limestone cliffs, arches and caves to descend to the valley floor and cross the river bed. The ascent begins after the Rifugio at Croz, zig-zag up the path through trees, to emerge into wildflower meadows dotted with small boulder fields. As you near the rifugio the path becomes rocky underfoot before emerging onto the saddle where Rifugio Pedrotti nestles between the rock towers at the base of Cima Tosa.
The views themselves are enough to make this walk spectacular – take time to look behind you to admire the view as you ascend towards the refuge, and to look down at your feet at the diversity of wildflowers in the meadows.
Some of the day’s walks are on narrow paths (less than 1 metre) with steep drop-offs on one side, sometimes there are railings for your hands at these points, or wooden bridges underfoot (but not always), and near the end of the walk the route follows the markers over rocky outcrop. Take care on these exposed and rocky sections – poles can be very useful here.
The weather in the mountains, as normal, can be very mixed so make sure to pack layers, and waterproofs for cooler, wet days. For warmers days remember sunglasses, hat, and suncream for protection. Normal hiking equipment in a 20-30 litre rucksack, and walking boots or sturdy walking shoes are needed. Walking poles for the ascents and descents are highly recommended.
There are a few rifugios to stop off at on today’s route: Rifugio Montanara (at the beginning of the walk), Rifugio Croz dell’ Altissimo (in the middle of the walk), and Rifugio Selvata as the path ascends in earnest to Rifugio Pedrotti. Do check opening times, and make sure to take plenty of snacks and water in case the rifugios are closed, or carry a picnic lunch with you. The latter half of the walk is exposed to the elements so if it is warm take enough water to avoid dehydrating.
Make sure to ask for the ticket covering both the cable car and the chairlift sections: the “corsa singola – prima e secondo”.
Cable car: Molveno to Pradel
Chairlift: Pradel to Palon di Tovre
A charming little town on the shores of Lago di Molveno, a beautiful blue-green Alipine lake.
Visit Trentino link: www.visittrentino.info/en/trentino/resorts-towns/molveno_md_245