16 The smuggler trail

Sunset in the Dolomites of Sesto

Starting point: Moso/Berghotel (1370 m)
At a quick view: Berghotel – funicular Monte Elmo – Monte Elmo peak (old military house) – gallo cedrone hut – funicular Monte Elmo – Berghotel
Difference in altitude: 385 m
Highest point: Monte Elmo (2434 m)
Time of walking: 3 hours
Length of trail: ca. 6 kilometre
Difficulty: 2 shoe excursion

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Hiking map: The smuggler trail

Description of the way: From the Berghotel to the funicular of the Monte Elmo (turning left at the last house of Moso, so you do not have to walk next to the road). With the funicular up and on the left side behind the big Mount Elmo Restaurant starts our way nr. 20 going up. It is a pleasant little path which comes quickly out of the woods and reaches a minor peak the Hasenköpfl (2226 m) with the central Alps in the north. The last part of the way goes steep up to the top of the Monte Elmo. Here you have a wonderful panoramic view at 360 ° with the Großglockner in the North and all the Dolomites in the south. For the descent you can take the steep way nr. 3A which goes down directly or the large practical way nr. 20 which remains on the crest going first east and than turning back passing the Gallo Cedrone hut and arriving at the funicular of the Monte Elmo. If you still have power there is the possibility to walk home by passing the Lärchen Hut – Sette Baraccce/Negerdorf – Helmhanghütte – Berghotel. Calculate 1,5 h – 2 h more.
Variant: from the Mount Elmo peak on the crest to the Sillian hut (Austria) – down to Klammbach and back to the Berghotel.

Advices and suggestions: this easy round walk brings you on the top of the Mount Elmo. It is one of the most beautiful vista points and offers a 360 ° view with the central Alps Mountains in the north and the many, many Dolomites peaks in the south. This tour is ok also for a half day trip.

Summary: a very nice round tour with panoramic views – with good weather absolutely a must!


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