Hikes in the Dolomites: Lake Antermoia
Lake Antermoia is nestled between the soaring walls of the Croda del Lago and Catinaccio di Antermoia mountains in Val di Fassa.
Difficulty: Easy (E)
Total ascent: 660 metres
Notes: For those planning to do this hike with children, a baby carrier backpack is recommended. The route is not suitable for a trekking stroller.
The route description starts from Rifugio Micheluzzi, which can be reached in two ways:
1) by a paid shuttle bus, which sets off from the start of the Streda de Salin road (visit www.fassa.com for more information).
2) on foot: park at the start of the Streda de Salin road, a short distance above Campitello, which corresponds to path 578 (this adds 400 meters of ascent and an hour and a half extra walking time).
Start in Val Duron
If you choose to park at the start of Streda de Salin, take the 15-minute shuttle bus to Rifugio Micheluzzi. From here, continue along the wide, flat forestry track, (path 532) which leads easily to Baita Lino Brach (m.1856). This is an ideal place to stop and sample some superb home-cooked local food.
It’s all uphill to Passo delle Ciaregole
From Rifugio Micheluzzi take path 578, which steepens and becomes more tiring.
After passing through a small wood, your efforts are rewarded by the fantastic scenery that opens out in front of you: Sassolungo, Sassopiatto, Alpe di Siusi, and views stretching from Odle to Seceda, and on to the distant peaks of South Tyrol … truly breathtaking views.
Onwards to Rifugio Antermoia
The climb is steep and arduous. But once at Passo delle Ciaregole the hardest part of the ascent is behind you. From here, continue ascending on path no. 580 (less steep and easier) and after another 220 metres of scree-covered trail you reach Passo di Dona.
Once at the pass, stunning views and a 10-minute descent leads to Rifugio Antermoia.
Our goal, Lake Antermoia
The lake itself is 5 minutes further along. Nestled in a glacial basin between the steep walls of Catinaccio di Antermoia and Croda del Lago, its majestic blue waters are an impressive sight. To walk all the way round takes about 20 minutes. With its shores ften adorned with permanent snowfields, the lake provides ideal opportunities for some truly stunning photos!
A number of paths lead off from Lago di Antermoia:
– path 584 leads to Rifugio Passo Principe, before continuing on to Rifugio Vajolet and Rifugio Preuss – path 583 the “Scalette” trail (section of via ferrata), which leads to Rifugio Gardeccia
– the Laurenzisteig is a via ferrata which leads directly to Rifugio Alpe di Tires