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Horses on the high route of Rasciesa.
Photo: Athesia Verlagsanstalt
Distance 14.9 km
Rasciesa di Fuori (Außerraschötz) to the Rifugio Brogles (Brogleshütte) mountain hut The heights of Rasciesa (Raschötz) offer pristine alpine landscapes that have been left untouched by man.
Ascent: From Ortisei (St. Ulrich) in Val Gardena (Gröden) Valley (1,236 m), first take the Rasciesa chairlift (Raschötz Sessellift) up the north side to Außerraschötz (restaurant at summit station; 2,095 m; 2.5 hours on Trail No 7). From there, follow a wide path west, up a moderate grade, to the Rifugio Rasciesa (Raschötzhütte) mountain hut (2,165 m; recently reopened) and a short detour to Heiligkreuz (Holy Cross), a pilgrimage chapel at the western edge of the plateau (2199 m, extraordinary view); 30 min. from the summit station of the chair lift. High Trail: from Heiligkreuz Chapel, go back to Rifugio Rasciesa and briefly onto the access road, as far as a fork. Make a left onto the high trail (marked 35), which is basically flat as it crosses east to the Saltnerhütte mountain hut on the Malga Rasciesa (Raschötzer Alm) alpine pastures (bar; 2,111 m). Follow the broad trail (staying with signs for No. 35) in a short ascent through meadows to a notch with wayside shrine and bench.
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