Descend from Rifugio Cacciatore to the atypical alpine village of San Lorenzo on a forest path traversing the valley.
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.
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.
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.
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 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/
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