Climb to the "Ciaval" peak on the Sas dla Crusc/Santa Croce
· Alta Badia
Responsible for this content Alta Badia Tourism Cooperative
Photo: Alta Badia/Alex Moling, Alta Badia Tourism Cooperative
Distance 13.7 km
Highest point2,908 m
Lowest point1,427 m
One of the most beautiful hikes in Alta Badia and the Dolomites: Untouched nature, vertical walls soaring skywards which turn red at sunset, a breathtaking view which extends on one side over Badia’s green valley and, on the other the legendary landscape of the Fanes alp, the characteristic Dolomite flora, marmot squirrels and chamoix goats, all combine to make this a truly unforgettable walk.
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From Badia ascend with chair lift and cable car to the La Crusc/S.Croce sanctuary (2045 m). From here, take trail no. 7 and head east then turn south and pass through the groups of mugo pines and scree, reaching the rocky slopes. Steel cables are there to help to get over the precipices. The hike continues rapidly gaining height, climbing over ledges and scree-covered slopes until you reach the Ju dla Crusc ridge (2598 m) (1h 30min.). At this point, leave path no. 7 heading left along the ridge. Follow trail no. 7B right up to the highest point of the tour, the peak Le Ciaval (2907 m) (2h 35min.). From here, you can enjoy an awesome panorama out over the entire world of the Dolomites. The return is on the same path down to the ridge. Proceed on trail no. 7 to the east towards Fanes. After 200 m, continue on trail no. 12B towards the Forcela de Medesc notch (2533 m) (1h 30min.). From here, follow westwards trail no. 12 down to the Val de Medesc valley. After the first extremely steep section over scree, the walk continues pleasantly through woods, meadows and pastures, skirting farms and little villas until you come to the village of La Villa (2h 30min.).
Getting to the starting point of the tour or point of interest by public transport is easy and convenient.