Hike to the Rif. Potzmauer mountain hut

This hike leads us from the farms above Grumes through the woods to the fenlands between the Val di Cembra valley, the South Tyrolean Bassa Atesina and the Val Donega valley.

The parking space to the Rif. Potzmauer mountain hut is accessible from the village of Grumes in the Val di Cembra valley. Here, above the farms of Maso Giovanni, our hike starts. We follow the forest road and keep to the right, at the junction we follow first the signpost Rif. Potzmauer and then the marker “Valdonega”. After about 90 minutes we reach this valley. At the crossing we follow the path towards the Lac dal Vedes, a little moor which dates back to the last glacial period.

The next stage takes us to the Rif. Potzmauer mountain hut. It is located at the edge of a clearing in the forest and is an important rest point, also for long-distance hikers along the E5. After our deserved lunch break we start our way back. First to the Lago di Valda lake (Prati di Monte biotope) and then to the Passo Potzmauer mountain pass before we reach the parking space again. The route to the Valda Lake is not well-signposted, a GPS unit or a map app are helpful.

Author: AT

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

Starting point: Grumes, parking space near Maso Giovanni
Route: Valdonega - Lake Vedes - Rif. Potzmauer mountain hut - Prati di Monte meadows - Potzmauer mountain pass - Maso Giovanni
Distance: approx. 13.8 km (in total)
Walking time: approx. 4.5 - 5 hours (in total)
Altitude difference: approx. 600 m
Altitude level: between 1,115 and 1,520 m a.s.l.
Experienced in: June 2016

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