From Karerpass to Karer See and Welschnofen
This excursion takes you from Karerpass over route number 21 to mysterious Karerwald to Mitterleger (1840 m), and to cross roads with road number 11, which leads to Karer See.
Once upon a time, there was a lovely mermaid, who lived in Karersee lake. The wizard of Masaré heard her sing and fell in love with the mermaid. He used all his magic power to try and kidnap the mermaid, but she always escaped his grip. Finally the wizard asked his friend, the witch Langwerda, for help. Langwerda adviced him to dress up as a jewelry saleman, stretch a rainbow from Rosengarten to Latemar mountain and go to Karersee lake to lure the virgin ashore and kidnap her.
The wizard followed the witch's advice, but forgot to put on a disguise. The mermaid was awed by the glory and glitter of the rainbow and the many precious stones, but she was aware of the magician, who kept himself hidden on shore. As quickly as she had appeared, she slipped back into the lake and was gone again. From that day on, she was never seen again.
The wizard was so angry about the failure of his plan that he tore the rainbow from the sky and hurled it with all its jewels into the lake: This is why to this day the Karersee lake shimmers with the most gorgeous rainbow colors such that the locals call it "Lec de ergobando" (rainbow lake) in their Ladin language.
The excursion takes you further to route number 10 and 7 to Welschnofen.
Length: 3-4 hours
Difference in altitude: start ca. 100 m, end ca. 680 m
Monument to the empress Elisabeth
The outing takes us high up, to the "Nova Levante Masi" and on to the "Soler" hill. The destination is the monument to the Empress Elizabeth (wife of Franz Josef I). The Empress stayed in the newly built Grand Hotel Carezza on several occasions during the summer, and she was often accompanied by a local guide along the trail no. 6, which was her favourite walk.
This is why it is called "Elizabeth's walk".
Route: "Ponte Schneider" car park (1,156 m a.s.l.), bus-stop; Tourist office; take trail no. 7 to the area above the "Poppener Maso" (1,315 m a.s.l.), to the Meierei bar and inn (1,556 m a.s.l.), then take trail no. 6 beyond the "Pitscholer" and "Soler Masi" homes. Elizabeth's monument is at 1,556-m a.s.l. On the way back, trail no. 3 takes us to the Hotel Rosengarten (1,320-m a.s.l.) and down to Ponte Schneider.
Recommended period: from May to October.
Slope: 404 m
Length: app. 4 hours
Various refreshment stops.
From Costalunga pass to the Pulpito
This excursion crosses a steep mountain prairie and leads to a rock called Pulpito. You will rewarded for your climbing efforts with a splendid view on the Pala mountains, Marmolada, Sella, Sassolungo, Catinaccio and Ötztal and Ortles Alps.
Route: Costalunga pass (1752 m), path no. 17, Pulpito (2460 m), same route on return..
Degree of difficulty: average-difficult. Short mountain excursion suitable for excursionists who are not scared of heights.
Difference in altitude: 708 m
Duration: 3 hours
Eateries: none, take a packed lunch with you.
From the Nigra pass to the Haniker mountain farm
An excursion through woods and prairies below the Laurino's rocky walls. The view on the Bolzano valley is remarkable.
Route: Nigra pass (1668 m), path no. 7, Baumann moutain farm (1826 m), Hanicker mountain farm (1873 m), same route on return.
Degree of difficulty: average-medium
Difference in altitude: 205 m
Duration: 4 hours
Eateries: Nigra hut, haniker mountain farm.
Excursion around the Catinaccio
This excursion is suitable for all those enthusiasts who love walking in the mountains. The view on the surrounding mountains is spectacular.
Route: Paolina hut (2125 m - by chair lift or from Costalunga pass along paths nos. 548 and 552), path nos. 539 and 549 to the Roda di Vael hut, path no. 541 to Cigolade pass (2550 m), path no. 550 to Coronelle pass (2630 m), Fronza alle Coronelle hut (2339 m), and back to point of departure along paths nos. 549 and 552. Degree of difficulty: mountain excursion for experts who are not scared of heights. Suitable equipment required!
Difference in altitude: from Costalunga pass 1010 m, from Paolina hut 500 m.
Duration: 5 hours (on foot from Costalunga pass: 6,5 hours).
Eateries: Paolina hut, Roda di Vael hut, Pederiva hut, Fronza alle Coronelle hut.
From Lake Carezza to the Maso Geiger
There is a beautiful landscape along this trip, through the lovely pinewood. The area is called "auf Chor". The ancient "Masi Chor" can be seen along the walk and the "Geiger Maso" is documented back to 1442.
Route: from the Lake Carezza car park along the Dolomites road for about 300 m, then take trail no. 8. This trail takes you through the lovely Latemar wood until you reach a fork where you should take the right hand trail until you reach the forest road, number 25, which you should follow until you reach a "saddle", turning right you climb up to the meadows of the "Geiger Maso" (1,526 m a.s.l.). On the way back, you can take trail no. 27 towards the east, which slopes slightly downhill near to the "Reiter Maso", then through a small wood you reach the "Schang Maso" (1,413 m a.s.l.). from here, take the forest road south to the Latemar woodyard, which faces onto the Dolomites road. Climb for a further 100-m, where trail 10A starts to the left and leads back to the Lake Carezza car park.
Recommended period: from May to October
Slope: 250 m
Time: 2.5 hours, app.
Various refreshment stops.