From Col Raiser valley station to Baita Sangon
From the valley station of the Col Raiser cable car, the path climbs up along path no. 1, which is still asphalted at the beginning but then turns into a wide gravel road. The first 500 m up to a small hut on the right side of the path starts quite moderately with a gradient of about 10% and is easy to drive because of the asphalt. Directly behind the alpine hut, hiking trail no. 1 leads to Baita Sangon with a gradient of up to 25%. The flooring here also consists of coarse to fine gravel but has been provided with concrete strips in the particularly steep areas. The concrete strips (see picture) are relatively narrow, but on these, the gradient can be mastered much better. Now a small high plateau with meadows and various alpine huts opens up and the path leads only with smaller ascents towards Baita Sangon.
Baita Sangon to the Lac de Blej
We continue to follow the trail No. 1, ignoring the junction to Baita Sangon and to the Rifugio Juac. The path now passes through a wooded section along the stream called Rio Cisles. Some depressions and slopes must be overcome with approx. 10 – 15%. The path now consists of fine white gravel, which has been quite well seized by various cars. Sometimes there are bigger stones in the way, but they are easy to avoid. On some gradients, it is easier to drive up backwards with the traction device due to the floor covering. After 2 km from the valley station, we reach the Lac de Blej.
Up to Rifugio Firenze
After a short break at the small lake, we continue in the direction of Rifugio Firenze. We circle the lake and find a similarly paved path as from Baita Sangon. The path is now – with up to 15% – less steep and winds its way out of the forest. After about 3 km from the starting point, we arrive at a small water reservoir and read the note „Pericolo“ for cyclists on the fence. Immediately after that, a path turns off to the left. The flooring changes from fine gravel to coarse, white gravel and makes it quite difficult to master the now coming gradients of up to 15%. The following section to the Rifugio Firenze should therefore largely be tackled backwards or with the help of a strong accompanying person. Small wheels will probably get stuck in the rough gravel more often. After about 200 meters, the hiking trail No. 17B turns right in the direction of Forcella della pizza, we continue to follow our No. 1. In a wide bend to the left, the route then heads towards the Rifugio Firenze and directly in front of the hut itself there is another ascent (reversing may be necessary). However, this one now has a finer floor covering.
After an extensive refreshment, we go back in the same way.
At the beginning asphalted, then flooring similar to an unpaved forest road. Slopes partly equipped with concrete strips. The floor covering consists first of fine gravel, later of rather coarse gravel.
Via the Val Gardena to St. Christina, there to the cable car Col Raiser. Parking either by the cable car or a little further by waterworks.
In total about 2 1/2 to 3 hours.
Difference in altitude
About 450 m
- Manual wheelchair with a strong traction device
- Mountain bike tires recommended
An accompanying person is absolutely necessaryon this tour, as there are always challenges to over come due to the slopes of up to 25% and the partly very coarse floor covering including large stone chunks. Due to the floor covering, it is not possible to make any progress on the last stretch of the road in the direction of Rifugio Firenze without a pushing aid from a strong accompanying person.
Level of difficulty
On this tour there are slopes of more than 20%. In addition, an accompanying person is absolutely necessary, on the one hand because of the rough floor covering and on the other hand because of the steep slopes. In addition, a strong traction device should be used.
Baita Sangon, Rifugio Firenze
On this tour, there are no accessible toilets.
(Important notice: If you use the Col Raiser cable car, you may – after consultation – use the barrier-free toilets in the Hotel Col Raiser at the Col Raiser cable car mountain station. The Col Raiser cable car, however, cannot be described as barrier-free due to various steep ramps. (Pictures)
Unfortunately, we don’t know if a hike from the mountain station to the Rifugio Firenze is possible with a wheelchair.)