This is a nice, gentle walk through meadows and light woods. It’s good for an easier day, or perhaps for a mixed-weather day when you’re not sure what the weather might bring. It’s also great for sunny days, of course, on which you can see over 200 summits from the top of Rasciesa ridge (this is also called Raschötz in German).
An easy, flat stroll takes you from the top of the Rasciesa train to Brogles hut, a rustic farm-hut set at the edge of the Puez-Odle National Park with impressive views of the Geisler peaks. From here, return on quiet trails through meadow and forest descending to Ortisei, hopping on the Seceda gondola half-way.
Although the first section of hiking to Brogles hut is short, with the extra time walking to the lift and taking the funicular train, plus the optional trip to chapel Heilig Kreuz Kapelle, you’ll probably reach the hut around lunchtime.
Rest stopsRifugio Malga Brogles
Tips and hints
If it rains... This is a fine hike for a cloudy day or mixed weather. You’re mainly above treeline, and you won’t have the distant views, but the trail is easy, the nearby views of the Geisler from Brogles hut are great, and you could duck into the hut for lunch to get out of the weather. You could also skip the first part to Heilig Kreuz Kapelle if you don’t want to be out too long.
A good, even shorter hike would be to take the Seceda gondola as far as the middle station (the gondolas are small, enclosed cars for 4-6 people that are constantly running), and take the out-and-back hike on trail 5 up to Brogles hut. Come back the same way, or if it clears, continue on to do this hike in reverse.