MTB tour Rif. Malga Nemes - Passo Monte Croce

The tour leads via the Rif. Malga Nemes and Malga Coltrondo mountain huts to the 1,636 m high Passo Monte Croce on the border to the Italian Veneto.

Our MTB tour starts at the San Candido train station at 1,175 m asl from where we follow the signposts of the Sesto Cycle Track towards Sesto. A wide and shady forest path leads us slightly uphill into the valley (don’t branch off towards the Valle Campo di Dentro valley!) past the Sesto reservoir. Arrived at the hamlet of Ferrara, Sesto finally comes in sight. We cycle towards the church and then uphill out of the village - a wonderful view on the valley awaits us. We follow the road leading uphill in serpentines towards the Panorama tavern/Monte di Mezzo (Mitterberg).

Past the Monte di Mezzo Fortress we continue our MTB tour towards the Rif. Malga Nemes mountain hut. The effort of the constant uphill and downhill on first steep and then flatter trails is rewarded by beautiful views on the peaks of the mighty Sesto Dolomites. At the junction towards the Klammbachalm mountain hut we stay on the path no. 136 leading to the Rif. Malga Nemes. Past the Seikofel Biotope we reach this mountain hut at 1,950 m asl - the view opens up on the prominent Monte Rosso (2,390 m asl). We take a well-deserved break.

Afterwards we follow the signpost towards the Malga Coltrondo mountain hut - on this section we have to push our bike. After having crossed the second wooden bridge, however, we can get on the MTB again and continue our tour to the mountain hut at 1,879 m asl. The trail follows the road towards the Passo Monte Croce (Kreuzbergpass) and finally turns off on the right straight to the 1,631 m high pass connecting the Val Pusteria valley to the historical region of Cadore (Veneto). Now the descent to Sesto lies in front of us - arrived at the village, the Sesto Cycle Track leads us back to our starting point in San Candido.

Please note: this MTB tour offers an amazing view on the Sesto Dolomites towering into the sky on the opposite side of the valley. Despite the low altitude difference, the tour is not that easy: the ascents are demanding and the road between the Passo Monte Croce and Sesto is highly frequented by motorcyclists!

Author: BS

Important: if you want to do this cycle tour, please take information about the current conditions on site!

Starting point: San Candido train station
Route: San Candido - Sesto - Monte di Mezzo Fortress - Rif. Malga Nemes mountain hut - Malga Coltrondo mountain hut - Passo Monte Croce - Sesto - San Candido
Signposts: Sesto Cycle Track, no. 136, 156, 131
Distance: 45 km
Cycling time: about 4 hours
Altitude difference: approx. 900 m
Altitude level: between 1,175 (San Candido) and 1,950 m asl (Rif. Malga Nemes)
Level of difficulty: medium
Experienced in: October 2009
Further information: Tre Cime tourist board, phone: +39 0474 913156

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