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Mountain tour to the Bergner Kreuz wind gap

A demanding tour for experienced hikers proceeds from Kreuzstein near Appiano to the Forcella Piccola and the Bergner Kreuz wind gap and leads back via the Grande Forcella wind gap on Mount Macaion

This mountain tour with spectacular panoramic view on the Mendola mountain crest starts at the little parking space near the Kreuzstein tavern in Appiano (620 m a.s.l.). The path no. 546 leads uphill to the Buchwald tavern at 960 m a.s.l. (permanently closed) and continues steeply upwards to the small hut at the Pfaunboden. Shortly afterwards the forest path turns into a stony trail proceeding through a landscape of rugged rock faces on both sides. It leads us in a zigzag line to an iron stairway. Slightly further we exit the Piccola Forcella wind gap (1,703 m a.s.l.) and follow the signpost no. 547 to the next wind gap, the Bergner Kreuz (1,770 m a.s.l.). We continue our hike on the path no. 547 in a northerly direction to the Grande Forcella wind gap (Grande Forcella means big wind gap).

The path no. 536 winds its way steeply downhill through the wind gap and turns into a forest path. We follow the path towards south and reach the Pfaunboden again. The trail no. 546 leads us back to our starting point. This tour for experienced hikers fascinates with the impressive wind gaps between the precipitous rock faces and the breathtaking panoramic view on the Bolzano valley basin, the Dolomites and the Alpine divide.

Author: AP

difficulty: difficult
  • Starting point:
    Appiano Monte, parking space after the Kreuzstein tavern
  • Time required:
    04:40 h
  • Track length:
    9,7 km
  • Altitude:
    from 620 m to 1.847 m
  • Altitude difference:
    +1273 m | -1273 m
  • Route:
    Kreuzstein - Buchwald - Pfaunboden - Forcella Piccola wind gap - Bergner Kreuz wind gap - Forcella Grande wind gap - Pfaunboden - Buchwald - Kreuzstein
  • Signposts:
    no. 546, 547, 536, Pfaunboden forest road, 546
  • Recommended time of year:
    Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
  • Download GPX track:
    Mountain tour to the Bergner Kreuz wind gap

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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