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Loop trail with hike up to Mount Luco in the Maddalena Group

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    Photo: Silvia Gentilini, APT Val di Non
  • / Anello del Monte Luco
    Photo: Silvia Gentilini, APT Val di Non
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    Photo: Silvia Gentilini, APT Val di Non
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  • / Monte Luco visto da Senale
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The beginning is steep but once you get past the vegetation the gradient drops and the trail leads up to Lake Luco and the beautiful ridge amid rocks and pastures.
difficult
Distance 9 km
4:30 h
920 m
920 m

Mount Luco (2433 m a.s.l.) is the eastern peak of the Maddalena chain. It is rather isolated and located approximately 2km to the West of the Palade Pass. The climb up the mountain is medium difficulty and it is one of the most classic excursions in Val di Non. Lake Luco, the variety of landscapes and the spectacular view afforded at the peak and on the ridge make this itinerary particularly popular among the locals especially.

The loop trail has a very steep start along the "diretta" (literally the straight) as the locals call it. Once you get past the vegetation the gradient becomes gentler and the trail leads up to Luco Lake and onto the beautiful ridge amid rocks and pastures. Some handrails and wooden steps facilitate the climb and the arrival at the top with the view of Val di Non, Val d'Ultimo and Val Venosta makes the uphill section worthwhile. The descent along the gentle grassy ridge towards the South is a genuine pleasure and just before returning to the Palade Pass, it will be worth your while stopping off at the cosy Malga Luco / Laugenalm.

Author’s recommendation

Hikers wishing to avoid the steep climb from the Palade Pass to the peak along trail 133 Bonacossa can choose to follow the forest road up to Malga Luco and then follow trail 10 towards Luco Lake. Just before you reach the lake, follow trail 10 again as it climbs up the ridge to the summit.
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Update: September 07, 2021
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Highest point
Cima Monte Luco, 2,432 m
Lowest point
1,520 m
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Safety information

The section of trail 10 on the ridge is not technically difficult although it is exposed in some points.

Please 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 hints

CAI / SAT trail difficulty classification: http://www.visittrentino.info/legenda-difficolta-cai

Start

Palade Pass (1,519 m)
Coordinates:
DD
46.529938, 11.111979
DMS
46°31'47.8"N 11°06'43.1"E
UTM
32T 661965 5155096
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Destination

Palade Pass

Turn-by-turn directions

Difficulty: EE (expert hikers)

The itinerary starts at the Palade Pass (Gampenpass) which is easy to reach from Fondo, if you are arriving from Val di Non, or from Lana if you are arriving from South Tyrol, along the Strada Statale N. 238 state road.

From the Palade Pass, take the forest road and after the first bend, follow trail marker 133 on the right that climbs steeply and with steps into the thick woods. The trail is immediately tiring but it subsequently flattens out along a short section of the forest road, at the end of which you follow trail marker 133 and climb back up into the steep woods. After a series of steps and small bends, you will finally leave the vegetation behind and find yourselves surrounded by rhododendrons. After crossing a scree and climbing up a ramp, you will finally reach Mount Luco Lake, a graceful stretch of water where it is worth stopping and freshening up.

Now proceed to the left towards the nearby ridge, and once you have reached it, follow it up on the right along trail maker no. 10. The ridge features some delicate and sometimes exposed sections. Moreover, comfortable wooden steps with a handrail have been built to facilitate you passage between the large boulders. The climb is challenging but the view of the cross makes all the effort worthwhile. The view from the summit ranges from Val di Non, to Val d'Adige and Val d'Ultimo.

After resting and signing the summit book, continue along the ridge towards the South, following trail marker 8A first, followed by 10. This will take you to the welcoming Malga Luco, where you can enjoy a delicious slice of apple strudel or a hearty platter of cold cuts. From the Malga, continue your descent through pastures along a small trail that crosses the forest road leading back to the Palade Pass and the car park.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

The line 246 bus from the SAD transport company connects the Palade Pass with Merano and Fondo. You can download a pdf of the timetable here: SAD line 246.

Getting there

From Fondo in Val di Non follow the signs to Merano / Passo Palade all the way to the pass.

Parking

There is plenty of parking at the Palade Pass.

Coordinates

DD
46.529938, 11.111979
DMS
46°31'47.8"N 11°06'43.1"E
UTM
32T 661965 5155096
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

Trekking poles may be useful to assist you along the steeper sections. Always wear warm clothing, a jacket and bring a spare 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)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID

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.

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Rating

4.8
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Diego Ferrazzin 
October 23, 2021 · Community
Giro fatto in una giornata con cielo limpido. Salita fisica ma sentiero ben sistemato con funi e gradini in legno in aiuto. Discesa più blanda ma attenzione al brecciolino ed il fango che possono far scivolare. Buone le informazioni riportate. partito alle 8.15 e finito alle 13.15. considerando che in mezzo ho fatto pausa in vetta per le foto e pausa pranzo tempo in linea con quanto descritto.
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When did you do this route? October 23, 2021
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Holger Weis
September 02, 2020 · Community
Eine richtig schöne Tour, kann ich nur empfehlen. Ich hatte etwas Pech mit dem Wetter, auf dem Gipfel keine Sicht, beim Auf-und Abstieg ein paar vereinzelte Fernblicke, nachdem was ich sehen konnte - kann/muss bei schönem Wetter einfach herrlich sein !
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When did you do this route? September 02, 2020
Emmanuele Prudenzano
August 15, 2019 · Community
Salita molto impegnativa, se non si è allenato conviene seguire la carrereccia fino alla malga. gita comunque molto bella.
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When did you do this route? August 14, 2019
Photo: Emmanuele Prudenzano, Community
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difficult
Distance
9 km
Duration
4:30 h
Ascent
920 m
Descent
920 m
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