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Hike to the heart of the Puez – Odle natural park

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Hike to the heart of the Puez – Odle natural park

Hiking trail · Dolomites Alta Badia
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Corvara–Colfosco
  • Natural park Puez
    / Natural park Puez
    Photo: Alta Badia Brand by Freddy Planinschek, Corvara–Colfosco
  • Natural Park Puez
    / Natural Park Puez
    Photo: Alta Badia Brand by Freddy Planinschek, Corvara–Colfosco
  • Natural Park Puez
    / Natural Park Puez
    Photo: Alta Badia Brand by Freddy Planinschek, Corvara–Colfosco
Map / Hike to the heart of the Puez – Odle natural park
1800 2100 2400 2700 m km 2 4 6 8 10

moderate
11.9 km
4:58 h
956 m
956 m

The Puez-Odle Nature Park, which has been part of the Dolomites UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2009, boasts a fascinating geology. All the rock strata typical of the Dolomites can be found there. The hike, which starts in Colfosco at the southern edge of the Puez-Odle Nature Park, takes you via the Stella Alpina valley and the Puez Plateau right into the heart of the Nature Park. It offers both views of, and insight into, the landscape and history of the Dolomites.

Difficulty
moderate
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Landscape
Highest point
2480 m
Lowest point
1644 m
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Turn-by-turn directions

From the parish church in Colfosco, walk westwards on trail no. 4 through the Stella Alpina valley. The trail takes you past an old wayside shrine and westwards up to the highest corrie with the Ciampëi lake (2,173 m), which is often dried up. Passing to the left of the lake, you climb uphill, with a very steep final section, up to the Forcela Ciampëi passage. Here you keep to the right, following trail no. 2 (part of the Dolomites Alpine Ridgeway no. 2, which goes from Bressanone in South Tyrol to Feltre in Veneto) and climbing up a rocky gully to the Puez Plateau. Continuing on trail no. 2, you cross the plateau, going north-west and gradually uphill, to the Rifugio Puez hut (2,475 m).
The descent to Colfosco follows the same route, which takes about 1 hour 50 minutes.

Getting there

*By car

  • Coming from Innsbruck: take the A 13 and the A 22 toll motorway and exit at Bressanone/Brixen, following the signs to Brunico/Bruneck along the Val Pusteria/Pustertal road as far as San Lorenzo/St.Lorenzen. Follow the signs to Val Badia/Gadertal 
  • Coming from Verona-Bolzano: take the A 22, exit at Bressanone/Brixen and continue as above

*By train

The nearest train stations are:

  • Brunico - 37 Km
  • Bolzano (via Passo Gardena) - 72 Km (via Brunico) – 100 Km
  • Connection train station – Alta Badia by the local bus SAD: www.sad.it

*By air

  • Innsbruck - 130 km
  • Munich – 330 km
  • Venice Treviso / Venice Marco Polo – 180 / 200 km
  • Verona – 213 km
  • Milan Bergamo / Milan Malpensa - 310 /400 km
  • Information airport transfer: www.suedtirolbus.it - www.cortinaexpress.it
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Difficulty
moderate
Distance
11.9 km
Duration
4:58 h
Ascent
956 m
Descent
956 m

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Highest point
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Lowest point
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