First, I must say that the Dolomites are among the
most beautiful mountains in the world, and any visit near the border with Austria
must include several days exploring this remarkable region. If you are
reasonably fit, I highly recommend going into the mountain range and hiking; there
are numerous trails suitable for a variety of skill levels. You gain an
appreciation for the towering peaks that can only be achieved when standing in
We walked around gleaming Lake Braies.
Our first hike after arriving in Corvara, a village in the Alta Badia region, was at Lake Braies. Known as the “Pearl of the Dolomites,” Lake Braies is one of the deepest lakes in the Bolzan province. It is located in the Fanes-Senes-Braise Nature Park, a heavily visited area for both tourists and locals.
Lovely view as we walked around the lake
A 2.25-mile hiking trail circumvents the popular lake.
Although the day we were there was somewhat overcast, we were still able to see
mountain reflections (primarily of the Croda del Becco which stands at more
than 9,000 feet) in the emerald green
lake. Along the way we observed an ancient church, colorful blooming flowers, and multiple limestone formations.
A strange sight to see! Diving up the mountain to the starting point of the hike
The next day we headed out of the Tyrol region for a trek around Cinque Torri. Even though the weather was foggy and windy, we were excited to head higher up the mountains. To get to the trailhead at Rigufio degli Scoiattoli we took a chair lift above 7,000 feet. From there we hiked for 4.5 miles while circling the peaks that make up Cinque Torri.
Larry, Beverly, and Deb
This hike is named for massive rock formations composed of a combination of boulders, towers, and peaks. Located in the Nuvolau mountain group within the northern Dolomite region, the five towers are named (from largest to smallest) Torri Grande, Torri Seconda, Torri Terza, Torri Quarta, and Torri Quinta
Outstanding scenery along the trail
When the fog lifted, the scenery was magnificent. Paths wound through meadows bathed in dark and light shades of green sprinkled with a beautiful assortment of pink and white flowers. Some trails require challenging treks over rocks and boulders, but there are also meadow paths that follow a more level route for those who aren’t so nimble.
A beautiful day for a mountain hike!
During World War I Austro-Hungarian soldiers fought fierce
battles among these steep mountain walls. Rugged landscapes and terrible winter
weather were a huge hindrance, and more people died from the harsh conditions
than died from battles.
Passo Falzarego--does it get any more magnificent than this?
The trail ended at Passo Falzarego, an enormous rock
formation that sprawled over a hill making a breathtakingly perfect picture
spot. So my friend Deb and I climbed to a small ledge so our guide could snap
the photo. It was a fitting way to celebrate this amazing adventure in the
Beverly and Deb pose on the rocks
I’ll cover our hike to Tre Cime di Lavarado in an upcoming post!
Photos by Larry and Beverly Burmeier