Furgglauer Schlucht oberer Teil Felsen
Furgglauer Schlucht oberer Teil Felsen

Mountain tour to the Forcella Forcolana wind gap

Demanding mountain tour for experienced hikers from San Michele Appiano to the Forcella Forcolana wind gap. The descent follows the Cammino Nuovo path (Neuer Weg).

This mountain hike is only recommended for experienced mountaineers!
We start our hike on the asphalt road no. 540 leading from the parking space in San Michele Appiano (400 m asl) via the Englar and Moos Castles to the Steinegger tavern at 610 m asl. At this point we turn left and hike on the forest path no. 540 to the junction to the Forcella Forcolana wind gap (Furglauer Scharte).

The path gets steeper with gradients of up to 50% on gravelly soil - the most difficult section of the tour is ahead of us. On partially eroded trails and narrow paths we climb the rocks and cross the gorge several times. The path snakes its way in a zigzag line through the wind gap, offering some spectacular views on the valley and the Dolomites. Shortly afterwards we exit the wind gap at 1,491 m asl and turn left to follow the trail no. 500 towards north.

After 1.5 km we reach the meadow clearing with the “Bait del Prinz”, a dilapidated wooden hut. We continue our hike on the path no. 545 on the right - it leads towards Buchwald and the Cammino Nuovo path (Neuer Weg). At the next junction, we follow the forest path towards south and further on to the crossroads with the Forcolana High-Altitude Trail. Finally we turn back to our starting point in San Michele.

Author: AP

Important: if you want to do this hike, please take information about the current conditions on site!

Starting point: San Michele Appiano, parking space
Route: San Michele Appiano - Steinegger tavern - Forcolana High-Altitude Trail - Focella Forcolana wind gap - “Bait del Prinz” hut - Cammino Nuovo path - Pfaunboden forest path - Buchberg forest path - Forcolana High-Altitude Trail - Matschatsch Road - Rittstein - Ice Holes - parking space
Signposts: no. 540, 500, 545, Pfaunboden, Buchberg, Alta Via della Forcolana/Furglauer Höhenweg, 540
Distance: approx. 16 km
Walking time: about 6 hours
Altitude difference: approx. 1,220 m
Altitude level: between 400 and 1,608 m asl
Experienced in: end of October 2017

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