Walking routes: Alpe di Siusi - Castelrotto

Frederick Augustus trail

Starting-point: Passo Sella/Sellajoch (2140 m)
At a glance: Passo Sella/Sellajoch - Col Rodella - Rifugio Sasso Piatto/Palttkofelhütte - Saltria
Highest point: Col Rodella (2400 m)
Height difference: 725 m
Difficulty: four climbing-boots hike

Useful advice: the name of this high-altitude, quite long and demanding hike originates from Saxons' king Friedrich August, who loved to stop with his suite at the Salegg Hotel in Siusi/Seis. The king loved the hikes here in Alpe di Siusi/Seiser Alm, and willingly passed the nights with farmers and farm-boys. This attitude made him very popular to the people. Equipment: hiking gear, climbing-boots, drinks and snacks.

Itinerary description: a little bus takes us to Passo Sella/Sellajoch. A brief ascent conducts from Passo Sella/Sellajoch (2200 m) to Col Rodella (2400 m), where the way originally was born. Above us the impressive Sassolungo/Langkofel, Cima Cinquedita/Fünffingerspitze, Sasso Levante/Grohmannspitze and Sassopiatto/Plattkofel.
The footpath goes along the ridge following the southern ridge of Sassolungo/Langkofel and Sassopiatto/Plattkofel group, until the Rifugio Sasso Piatto/Palttkofelhütte and Giogo di Fassa/Giogo di Fassa/Fassajoch (2300 m; open on summer). Here we have a break. Later we walk along grassy volcanic-conformation slopes, the so-called "Cresta di Siusi/Seis", towards Passo Duron/Mahlknechtjoch.
At the Mahlknechthütte/Rifugio Molignon (2053 m) we have lunch. After a deserved break we proceed our hike till Saltria (1675 m). After about 1 hour and ½ we arrive at the bus stop which returns to Siusi/Seis.

Maps: Freytag & Berndt, sheet S 1 (Bolzano/Bozen - Merano/Meran e dintorni); Kompass, sheet 54 (Bolzano/Bozen) e sheet S 5 (Cortina d'Ampezzo - Marmolada - Ortisei/St. Ulrich); Kompass, sheet 54 (Bolzano/Bozen).

Difficulty: Degree EE = experienced hikers
Length: 10.5 km
Duration: 06:00 hours
Difference in altitude: 850 m

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