This short but pleasant hike, which develops on the northern side of Passo Cereda, on the green slopes of the Mis Valley, is very suitable for families both for its length and for the quiet and safety of the surrounding environment. Despite it can be skipped depending on the needs, the apex of the tour is the final variant that climbs to the top of the hill of Col Molinai, offering a window on a clearing with a truly unique atmosphere.
The itinerary is suitable in all seasons, with the winter offering the suggestive presence of the snow. If carried out during the winter, the advice is to leave at dusk, equipped with headlamps, thus letting the snow reflect the light rays on the silent surrounding landscape.
The walk starts from Passo Cereda (1,361 m asl), a secondary alpine pass that separates the territory of Primiero from that of Agordo (called Agordino). From the pass, in front of the cross-country ski center, head NE along the meadows at the foot of the western side of Col Molinai. After passing a relatively large dismissed building, formerly used as a colony, you reach the gravel road of the Signpost No. 718 “Alta Via delle Dolomiti No. 2”, which you follow right towards Rifugio Treviso, through the meadows of Brunét. Here the view begins to open towards the south, creating graceful windows on the Dolomites group of Cimonega; the main block of the group is easily recognizable, with the summits of Piz de Sagrón (2.479m asl), Cima Palughét and the Pale del Garfól.
The road, always flat, enters the forest, reaching a following meadow, in the location of Frata Nòva, where you continue to the right – lowering slightly in altitude – on a path towards the S which re-enters the forest; once you have crossed a wide basin, the path comes out on a small meadow with buildings, in the location of Padreterno, where a gravel road starts, slightly uphill. The route continues along this gravel road and leads directly to the starting point at Passo Cereda. Before descending to Passo Cereda, from the large meadow overlooking the pass, you can make a short detour going up the meadow, followed by a short stretch in the forest, towards the north, to reach the top of Col Molinai (1,461 m asl), where the presence of a long and narrow pasture with some traditional constructions creates an unique atmosphere of absolute quiet.
- From Passo Cereda (1,361 m asl), head towards the NE until you reach the gravel road of the Signpost No. 718,
- Follow the road of the Signpost No. 718 towards the NW towards Rifugio Treviso, crossing the meadows of Brunét, reaching the next meadow of Frata Nòva,
- From Fràta Nòva, take the path downhill in the forest towards the S, heading to the location of Padreterno,
- When you reach the next meadow, continue uphill along the gravel road,
- [VARIANT] When you reach the meadows placed just above Passo Cereda, climb to the top of the hill of Col Molinài (1,461 m asl),
- Follow the road downhill until getting back to Passo Cereda. ✓
- The little church of Cereda was built in name of St. Anthony of Padua. After WWI kicked in, only one year after the building was finished, it was immediately closed with the purpose of being used as a ammunition storage. It remained closed through the whole course of WWI. The church was once again open in June 1920. Inside, it is possible to see an altarpiece representing St. Anthony of Padua, made by the artist Pomo from Trieste.
- Passo Cereda is crossed by one of the most famous Dolomites route, namely the “Alta Via n. 2 delle Dolomiti” (a.k.a. “Altavia delle Leggende”), that connects Bressanone (Alto Adige Südtirol) with Feltre (Province of Belluno)
- Cereda pass hosts the most important cross-country ski track of Primiero Valley. It was also used to have a beginner level downhill ski track that has been recently dismissed.