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Rifugio Cacciatore to San Lorenzo

Hiking trail · Terme di Comano-Dolomiti di Brenta
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  • Malga Sevaso Sotto (spot height 1578m)
    / Malga Sevaso Sotto (spot height 1578m)
    Photo: Catherine Allan, Macs Adventure
  • / Turn right onto overgrown path - 2.10 km
    Photo: Catherine Allan, Macs Adventure
  • / Vague grassy path crossing the meadow - 2.10 km
    Photo: Catherine Allan, Macs Adventure
  • / View over San Lorenzo
    Photo: Catherine Allan, Macs Adventure
  • / Towards the end of the walk you can see the valley below
    Photo: Catherine Allan, Macs Adventure
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Descend from Rifugio Cacciatore to the atypical alpine village of San Lorenzo on a forest path traversing the valley. 
moderate
9.4 km
3:30 h
498 m
1611 m
Traverse the Val d’ Ambiez with views down into the valley base below, skirting the base of the impressive cliffs before descending through shady forests and passing charming mountain huts, and weekend retreats to reach flatter ground on the approach to San Lorenzo.

Author’s recommendation

Keep a look out for the very rare bears of the Brenta Dolomites.  The high grassy slopes below the cliff faces as you descend from Rifugio Cacciatore are just the place you might see one of these shy and elusive creatures.  There is a plaque outside the refuge about how to behave around a bear if you are lucky enough to encounter one - preferably at a safe distance.  
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Author
Catherine Allan 
Updated: February 28, 2020

Difficulty
moderate
Technique
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Landscape
Highest point
1831 m
Lowest point
719 m
Best time of year
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Safety information

The red and white markers are less frequent on today’s walk, and the path grassy and vague in small sections so please pay special attention to the route notes. During the final few kilometres on the approach to San Lorenzo the track through the forest is cobbled and can be slippery when wet so take care here. 

Tips, hints and links

There are only a couple of small mountain refuges to pass on today's route, these are very likely to me closed so ask at Rifugio Cacciatore for a packed lunch the evening you arrive for the day ahead.  On reaching San Lorenzo there are plenty of places to get a refreshment while waiting on the bus.  

Comano Terme where you will overnight also has plenty of options for refreshments, and dinner.  

 

Bus timetables for San Lorenxo in Banale to Comano Terme can be found at: http://www.ttesercizio.it/ 

 

Comano Terme

The village of Comano Terme is beautifully situated on the edge of the Sarca River on the floor of the Sarca valley.  

Visit Comano link: www.visitacomano.it/lang/EN/homepage 

Start

Rifugio Cacciatore (1830 m)
Coordinates:
DD
46.130973, 10.881271
DMS
46°07'51.5"N 10°52'52.6"E
UTM
32T 645326 5110320
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Destination

Bus shelter on Strada Statale dei Laghi, San Lorenzo

Turn-by-turn directions

0.00 km – Leave Rifugio Cacciatore and TURN LEFT to rejoin the track as it descends into the valley. Continue to follow the track for 600m.

0.60 km – At the signpost for San Lorenzo continue STRAIGHT ON route 342 onto the grassy track. Follow the track for 1.5km.

2.10 km – Pass the Malga Sevaso Sotto (1578m) hut and on reaching the signpost immediately TURN RIGHT onto the overgrown path. Pass to the right of the separate wooden enclosure, cross the meadow towards the small group of boulders and to the edge of the woods to rejoin the path. There are some red and white markers on the boulders. 

2.20 km – After crossing the wildflower meadow and rejoining the path follow the path STRAIGHT ON as it ascends slightly through the trees.  In 50m pass through a wooden bicycle barrier across the path and continue to follow the path for 1 km.

3.30 km – TURN LEFT and follow the vague grassy path downhill over the open grassy slope. 

3.50 km – Pass the red and white marker on a tree on the edge of the forest and enter the forest, continuing STRAIGHT ON to descend the valley side. 

4.10 km – Continue STRAIGHT ON as you pass through a group of ruined stone and wooden buildings. 

4.3 km – BEAR LEFT to pass another stone hut and continue to descend through the trees for 1.5km.

5.80 km – At a T-junction with a cobbled track TURN LEFT onto it and follow red and white marker for route 349. There is a large rock face on your right as you approach this junction.

6.00 km – [At time of writing there were some minor forestry works on a short section of path – approximately 100m – which made it muddy but not unpassable.]

6.40 km – TURN LEFT to cross the bridge over the river and follow the track as it curves to the right.

6.70 km – BEAR RIGHT following the signpost for Interario del Banale on the descending track.

7.40 km – Ignore the grassy track ascending on the left and BEAR RIGHT on the descending road. 

7.80 km – Ignore the path turning sharply down to the right signposted for Interario del Banale and continue STRAIGHT ON to another signpost in approximately 20m. Here BEAR LEFT on the ascending track off the road and follow the signpost for San Lorenzo.

8.30 km – On the edge of the village BEAR LEFT ascending slightly on the road at the signpost for San Lorenzo on Strada per Baesa).  Soon after TURN LEFT again in front of the church, and ascend to the next signpost for San Lorenzo, TURN RIGHT and follow the road.

8.60 km – Continue STRAIGHT ON the street Frazione Dolaso as another road joins from the left.  Follow the white painted footprints on the right hand side of the road (there is no pavement on this section so please beware of traffic). 

8.80 km – BEAR RIGHT down Via del Sole to meet the main road ahead in 300m. 

9.40 km – On reaching the main road BEAR RIGHT downhill and make your way to the small wooden bus shelter on the right hand side of the road. You will find the bus timetable attached to one of the walls of the bus shelter.  If there is a wait for the next bus to Comano Terme (listed as Terme di Comano on the timetables) explore the village, or make for a bar or café. 

To reach the Grand Hotel Terme & Spa, cross the bridge at the bus stop in Comano Terme and turn left immediately to walk through the park for approximately 15 mins to reach the hotel on your left hand side. 

Note


all notes on protected areas

Coordinates

DD
46.130973, 10.881271
DMS
46°07'51.5"N 10°52'52.6"E
UTM
32T 645326 5110320
w3w 
///fanlike.broads.beast
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

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. 

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
9.4 km
Duration
3:30h
Ascent
498 m
Descent
1611 m
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