sentiero tra malga clesera e lago delle salare
sentiero tra malga clesera e lago delle salare

Hike to the Malga Clesera and Lake Salare

A classic route, which is easy to walk, takes us along the western slope of Monte Peller to the borders of the Adamello-Brenta Nature Park.

After having parked our car at the small Dorigat Lake (Lago Dorigat) at 1,869 m a.s.l., at the end of the long and a bit bumpy road leading from Cles uphill, we start our hike on the gravel path no. 313 towards the Malga Clesera mountain hut. At the first junction we leave the path for a short time to enjoy a coffee in the nearby Rif. Peller mountain hut.

For one hour the path leads us relatively flat and pleasant through the mountain world of the Trentino. After the small mountain chapel of Madonna della Neve we see the Malga Clesera, a managed mountain hut with own cheese dairy. It is situated in a beautiful position on the western slope of the Monte Peller. After the hut it takes another 30 minutes through meadows and woods to the small Salare Lake (Lago delle Salare). It is our final destination today: On its green shore we enjoy the panoramic views, the mild sun and our brought picnic. For the way back we decide to take the same route again, but there are two alternatives we would like to tell you:

1) A short ascent to the nearby Passo della Forcola and from there descend to the Val Nana, an enchanting valley on the other side of the Monte Peller mountain ridge. The path no. 336 leads to the Malga Tassulla and back to the parking space at the Dorigat Lake (same walking time).

2) Hike on to the Malga Val Cavai and descend via the Passo della Nana (no. 308) into the Nana Valley to the Malga Tassulla (no. 336). From there return to the car park as described above (approx. 1 additional hour of walking).

Author: Giacomo Roccabruna

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

Starting point: parking space at the Lago Dorigat, a lake at the Rif. Peller hut at the end of the long gravel road which leads up from Cles / Bersaglio (signposts „Montagna di Cles / Rifugio Peller”) or Tuenno / Mechet (for off-road vehicles only)
Route: parking space at the Lago Dorigat / Rif. Peller – Malga Clésera – Salare Lake
Signposts: no. 313, 308
Distance: approx. 10.4 km (in total)
Walking time: approx. 3 hours
Altitude difference: 286 m
Altitude level: between 1,861 and 2,020 m a.s.l.
Experienced in: July 2019

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