The itinerary snakes its way along trail SAT 500 starting off at Mendola Pass. The trail begins as a country road and then becomes narrower and steeper to reach Mezzavia Refuge. The trail continues in an alternation of steeper sections and parts with less of a gradient to the clearing where Malga di Romeno lies. The final part to reach the summit of Mount Roen corresponds to the steepest section but the spectacular view from the peak will be well worth the effort.
The return to Malga di Romeno suggested does not match the outward leg but it descends along the Roen prairies to Malga Smarano and then links up with Malga di Romeno along the shady and flat trail 528/A.
The excursion winds its way along the balcony ridge on the Adige Valley and it can be cut short by stopping at Malga di Romeno and returning back the way you came (3-4 hours in total).
Alternatively, the uphill trail can be varied by continuing on from Malga di Romeno to Oltradige Refuge and then reaching the summit along the simple via ferrata. The section of via ferrata should only be tackled if you have the appropriate equipment with you (climbing harness and carabiners).
In summer and autumn until late October, the difference in altitude can also be limited by climbing up the first section from Mendola Pass to Mezzavia Refuge in the chairlift.
Rest StopRifugio Ristorante Mezzavia
Safety informationPlease note that the practicability of the itineraries in a mountain environment is strictly linked to the contingent conditions and is therefore influenced by natural phenomena, environmental changes and weather conditions. For this reason, the information contained in this page may have changed. Before leaving for a tour, make sure the path you will approach is still accessible by contacting the owner of the mountain hut, the alpine guides or the visitor centres of the nature parks, the info offices of the local tourist board.
Tips and hintsThis is a classic itinerary even in winter, during which hundreds of hikers tackle the gentle slopes of Mount Roen with touring skis and snow shoes on their feet.
Getting thereMendola Pass can be reached along state road SS42.
ParkingAt Mendola Pass.
Author’s map recommendations
EquipmentTrekking boots, trekking poles, a waterproof jacket and a spare T-shirt.
Basic Equipment for Mountain Hikes
- Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
- Layered, moisture wicking clothing
- Hiking socks
- Rucksack (with rain cover)
- Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
- Hiking poles
- Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
- First aid kit
- Bivy / survival bag
- Survival blanket
- Pocket knife
- Cell phone
- Navigation equipment / map and compass
- Emergency contact details
Technical Equipment for Mountain Hikes
- Climbing helmet as required
- The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
- For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
- Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.