I’d like to describe one of the excursions, which took place in the western part of Parco Nazionale Dolomiti Bellunesi on 04/07/2009.
We came with the car to Passo Croce d’Aune, here you can leave your car [here]. Passo Croce d’Aune (1,011 m) is a mountain pass in the Dolomites in the province of Belluno, easy to reach from Feltre or Belluno.
From there, path goes through the forest along the trail #802. In the begining there is nothing special, but after 30 minutes of march panorama becomes wider. After passing the forest level, around 1400 m way becomes to eb very tortuous, but most of the bents can be short cut with small passes.
At height of 1993 we approach Rifugio (shelter) dal Piaz. From this place we can see most of the trail we have made, and also some of the upcoming one.
We decided to go to Monte Pavione, so further way goes along trail #817. It still around 400 meters up to climb, but since you come to the level of the shelter, way is very easy and breathtaking. Most part of the trail goes with the ridge, so all the road you can watch the landscapes in every direction.
Monte Pavione, is the highest peak in the Vette Feltrine, the southernmost group of the Dolomite. On the top of this hill there is border between Trentino and Veneto. M Pavione has a striking pyramid shape.
Way back goes with old southern hillside trail (I marked it on the map with the blue curve, but there is no trail there now, only a path). Path is all covered with the small rocks, pieces of the eroding mountains. It looks very steep, but going down with it is very easy, you can even run without hesitation (yes, we tried:)).
After joining #810 path goes slowly down, to the shelter, and than with the same way to Croce d’Aune.
FYI, we started to climb around 9 in the morning, and reached the peak around 3 PM. The hardest part is in the begging, but it’s just sheer, not dangerous at all unless you won’t touch the electric cow herder.
Here are some photos of the route, more you can see in my picassa gallery ( link is on the right toolbar )
Thanks for reading, and cu on the trail!