Mountain tour Pala Group - Fradusta Glacier

An easy hike leads through the Pale di San Martino Group near San Martino di Castrozza to the Fradusta Glacier.

Our destination today is the glacier Fradusta and the little glacial lake with the same name. It is only what remains of the glacier and in few years it will be completely thawed. We take the cableway Colverde and we reach San Martino di Castrozza, here we go on with the ropeway Rosetta to reach the summit Rosetta (2.650 m). A comfortable path takes us near the refuge Rosetta and from here we walk through the stones of this plateau in the hearth of the Pale di San Martino mountain ridge. We follow the signpost 707 and the white and red marks on the stones, without them the path is not very visible.

This is an easy Alpine hike from an altitude of 2.650 metres to 2.700 metres a.s.l. but we have to climb up for 780 metres (along the entire trail), walking up and down thorough the stones. After nearly two hours walking we come to the glacial lake. Some hikers are climbing up to the summit Fradusta (2.900 m), but they won´t enjoy that usual great panorama due to the today´s fog. We decide to retrace our steps back and then we take the ropeway to return at our starting point. We are aware we visited one of the most charming and wonderful places in the Dolomites: the Pale ridge.

Author: AT

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Starting point: mountain station of the Rosetta Cable Car (San Martino di Castrozza)
Signposts: SAT 707, Fradusta
Distance: approx. 4 km (each direction)
Walking time: 1.5 - 2 hours (each direction)
Altitude difference: approx. 480 m (ascent), 300 m (descent) each direction
Altitude level: between 2,530 and 2,700 m asl
Experienced in: September 2011

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