San Martino di Castrozza
San Martino di Castrozza (m. 1450) is a well known mountain area for winter and summer outdoor activities. It lies in the Primiero High Valley, surrounded by the splendid Paneveggio - Pale di San Martino's Natural Park peaks.
The first tourists came to San Martino di Castrozza in the early XIX century. The village is very lively, with many shops and facilities for tourists, though the buildings still preserve a perfect mountain style. Framed by the Dolomites Mountains, the village is in an amazing panoramic position.
First Trail: Giro delle Pale
The so called "Giro delle Pale" (tour around the blades) is one of most famous trails in this area. It allows you to see some of the most impressive rock walls of Dolomites.
From the cable way stop, walk to the close mountain refuge of Pedrotti alla Rosetta (m2581). Then go straight to the Roda path (m2572). The trail then goes downhill with many hairpin turns leading to Col della Fede (m2278). You will walk just below the Roda peak: impressive!
The trail continues to the Ball Path (m2443). To get there you have to climb a rocky area that has been equipped with steel cables (sort of via ferrata, but easier).
From the path the trail goes fast downhill to Pradidali Refuge (m2278).
Take your time to enjoy the amazing mountain peaks around you!
Continue to Pradidali Lake. From the lake you go uphill on the track leading to Fradusta and then to Pradidali Basso path (m2658).
From here you get back to the cable way stop.
Second Trail: Tour of Mulaz Path
Leave your car close to pathValles (m. 2031), you can get there from path Rollè .
Thake the trail that goes uphill to the Forcella di Venagia, from where you can enjoy a beautiful view of Cimon della Pala. Impressive panorama!
Do not follow the trail that leads to Venaggia Valley, instead head on the trail to pathVenegiotta (m2303).
The trail leads to the Mulaz Refuge with going alternatively uphill and downhill, crossing some wide basins, climbing a rocky area (steel cables, not difficult) to a rocky fork.
A very short diversion from the fork takes to the Sasso Arduini (m2582).
Back on the trail you reach the Mulaz Refuge (m2571).
From here it's easy to reach the Colle Mulaz (m2619), and then Mulaz mountain top itself (m2906).
To come back you can choose between the same way from where you arrived, and the trail that goes downhill to Venegia Valley.
This second trail is very panoramic and ends on a forest ranger unpaved road.
Once you get on the ranger road you can follow it to Venegia Valley and then take the road to the main road to path Valles. Otherwise you can go uphill to Venegia Fork and then down to pathValles.
The Pale (rocky blades) in this valley creates a sort of striking amphitheatre.