Racines (Ratschings) to Monte Alta Croce (Hohe Kreuzspitze) Peak
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The green surrounding of the meadow over Racines on the way to the peak of Monte Alta Croce.
Photo: Athesia Verlagsanstalt
Distance 11.9 km
Marble peak Monte Alta Croca rises between Val Passiria (Passeiertal) Valley in the south and Ratschingser (Racines) Valley in the north, and is one of South Tyrol's most prominent and most scenic mountains. In addition, the mountain is particularly striking visually because it consists largely of white marble.
Approach from the hamlet of Flading at the head of Racines (Ratschinger) Valley at 1,482 m; tavern; road from Vipiteno (Sterzing) via Stange. Take Trail No. 12 through the forest and up steep meadows to the Klammalm pastures (1,925 m). From there, turn left, following the trail signs southeast across grassy slopes and rocky terrain up to a little notch at the foot of the eastern ridge of Hohen Kreuzspitze Peak (about 2,470 m; near Kleine Kreuzspitze Peak at 2,518 metres, easily scalable). From there, there are always good marking points to follow, mostly on not-to-steep trails on grassy slopes and over limestone and shale rock (short individual segments require some climbing, but not too difficult) up the ridge to the summit cross (2,746 m; 1.5 hours from the first eastern ridge). Descent: From the top, follow Trail No. 12 northwest down and across to a ridge; beyond, over steep boulders and through a little valley down to the little Butzsee Lake (2,340 m); continue on Trail No. 12
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