The ancient larches of Val d'Ultimo (Ultental) Valley
· Meraner Land
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One of the larici millenari, the ancient larches in Santa Gertrude in the Val d' Ultimo valley.
Photo: Hanspaul Menara
Distance 2.6 km
Gnarled giants at Santa Gertrude (Sankt Gertraud) The most celebrated natural monument in Val d'Ultimo (Ultental) Valley: millenia-old larch trees
In the valley below Santa Gertrude (St. Gertraud) in the Inner Val d’Ultimo (Ultental) Valley at 1,385 m, follow signs for the Urlärchen (ancient larches), first on a bridge over the stream, then left onto a small farm access road, which is closed to public traffic, only very slightly uphill, through beautiful sloping meadows, out of the valley, to the Innerlanerhöfen Farms. From there, pass briefly through a larch forest, and then over to the Außerlaner group of houses (1,420 m; tavern); near these houses, you can’t miss the slightly raised row of 2000 year-old colossal trees; just under a half hour from the starting point. Return journey: on the route described.
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