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Hiking trail - Castelloni di San Marco Labyrinth

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  • / Piana della Marcesina dal Rifugio Barricata
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The “Castelloni di San Marco” hike offers unique views and is for sure one of the most breathtaking and peculiar hikes in the whole plateau.
closed
moderate
Distance 13.3 km
5:00 h
600 m
653 m
1,822 m
1,281 m

This trail crosses at the summit of the mountain a labyrinth of stone, finely chiseled by glaciers and atmospheric agent. 

It is an enormous natural castle that dominates the whole Valsugana: merlons, towers, halls, canyons created by the water on the friable limestone. It is part of the karstic apparatus “Fossetta abyss” (tens of kilometers of caves), leading the water inside the Bigonda cave in Valsugana.
It is advised to walk the whole path to enjoy the labyrinth and its magic in its entirety. It is like a rollercoaster between cracks, rifts, caves, rocks and huge halls.

Author’s recommendation

Do not go inside the caves, it could be very dangerous!
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Author
Omar Ropelato
Update: June 01, 2020
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
1,822 m
Lowest point
1,281 m
Best time of year
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Cardinal direction
NESW

Safety information

Be careful inside the labyrinth, the way can be very slippery. Keep children by the hand, or do not lose sight of them.

Prepare your itinerary beforehand.

Choose an itinerary that suits your physical abilities.

Choose the right equipment and clothing.

Check the weather forecast.

Walking alone in the mountain is always dangerous, be sure to have a mobile phone always with you.

Leave information on your route and your expected return time.

Do not hesitate to contact a professional guide.

Beware of the signs you will find along the way.

In case of emergency call 112.

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

APT Valsugana - tel. +39 0461 727700 - info@visitvalsugana.it

Start

Refuge Barricata - Marcesina plateau (1,333 m)
Coordinates:
DD
45.980403, 11.591908
DMS
45°58'49.5"N 11°35'30.9"E
UTM
32T 700766 5095136
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Destination

Refuge Barricata - Marcesina plateau

Turn-by-turn directions

Difficulty E: excursionistic Route

This walking track goes along the forest road, before through a forest beech and after that you’ll have a panoramic view on the Valsugana valley. It’s an interesting path because of the historic galleries, stairs and routes dating back to the I War World and also for the rich flora and fauna.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Non ci sono mezzi pubblici che servono la zona.

Getting there

Go along the main road SS47 Valsugana, take the exit signposted “Primolano - Enego”, after the village of Enego on the crossing follow the sign to Val Maron until the hotel Marcesina, after 2 km you reach the refuge Barricata.

Parking

Parking place at refuge Barricata

Coordinates

DD
45.980403, 11.591908
DMS
45°58'49.5"N 11°35'30.9"E
UTM
32T 700766 5095136
w3w 
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

Cartina Consigliata Passeggiate Grigno e altopiao della Marcesina, disponibile presso tutti gli uffico Apt Valsugana al costo di 2 euro. 

Equipment

Sportswear for mountain excursions (hiking boots, raincoat)

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Status
closed
Difficulty
moderate
Distance
13.3 km
Duration
5:00 h
Ascent
600 m
Descent
653 m
Highest point
1,822 m
Lowest point
1,281 m
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