Croce degli Alpini

Rifugio Vedèrna – Croce degli Alpini – Campigolét – Morósna

Details

Location Alpe Vederna
Features Pastures, Alpe Vederna, WWI installations
Track Condition Easy and well marked
Vertigo Level 1/5
Terrain (Forest) 70%
Terrain (Grass) 30%
Terrain (Rock) -
Terrain (Urban) -
Length 7.8 km
Duration 2h 30
Elev Gain 390 m
Elev Loss 390 m
Max Elevation 1 517 m
Min Elevation 1 247 m
Car Park 46.121514, 11.794782

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Description

This not physically demanding hike draws a loop around the peak of Vedèrna, reaching the Cross (Croce degli Alpini) on Monte Vedèrna and the WWI military outposts of Morósna (known as Stóli di Morósna).

The loop starts at the hut of Rifugio Vederna (1,324 m asl). It is possible to reach Rifugio Vedèrna either by walking from Imèr, going up the old military road that leads to the pastures of Prati Vedèrna, or by driving along the ten-kilometers gravel road that starts near the Schenèr dam, in Pontét (Municipality of Imèr). By car, the road does not have any danger, however just be aware of the fact that it is not constantly maintained. During the summer months in the weekend days, it is possible to drive to Alpe Vedèrna also from the village of Imèr, taking the road in Val Noana.

The trail initially follows the Signpost No. 736 towards Imèr. After about 1 km of non-steep descent, the route takes a path on the left heading north, with signs pointing to Stóli di Morósna. The path gently climbs on the eastern slopes of Monte Vedèrna covered by the forest, until reaching, after a couple of kilometers, the crossroads with the steep path called Trói dei Alpini (tr. path of the Alpine troops). The Trói dei Alpini connects the village of Imèr with the Croce degli Alpini (tr. Alpine troops cross), climbing the steep slopes of Monte Vedèrna. From the crossroads, the route presents a small variant of about 20 minutes which leads uphill towards the north along the path marked with small Italian flags, directly leading to the cross. Croce degli Alpini (1,517 m asl), located near the top of Monte Vedèrna, is undoubtedly one of the most classic half-altitude viewpoints offered in the Primiero Valley. After a short break, the trail returns along the path to Stóli di Morórsna, continuing along the contour until getting to the pretty pasture of the location of Campigolét. From the pasture, the path widens, merging into a gravel road, which in a few hundred meters leads to the intersection with another forest road (Strada de Morósna). The route continues along the Strada de Morósna towards the north, until reaching the large meadow of the Maso Morósna. Once at Morósna, it is possible, with a very short variant, to visit the nearby Stóli (military tunnels of the Great War).

The return from Morósna follows the gravel road called Strada de Morósna towards the south-east in the direction of Alpe Vedèrna, which passes the hill called Col de la Stangada (1,393 m asl). From the top of the hill, the route will be marked as Signpost No. 741, after the junction with the road called Strada del Colàz. After about 3 km of easy walk from Morósna, the trail reaches the starting location, by the hut of Rifugio Vedèrna and  its small church, dedicated to Our Lady of Snow.

 

Paths

 

  • From the hut of Rifugio Vederna (1,324 m asl), follow the Signpost No. 736 towards Imèr,
  • After about one kilometer, follow the path on the left-hand side towards “Stóli di Morósna”,
  • [Variant] By the crossroads with the path called Trói dei Alpini, ascend along the path until reaching the cross called Croce degli Alpini (1,517 m asl),
  • Keep following the path until reaching the location of Morósna,
  • [Variant] Once at Morósna, take a look at the WWI installations (Stóli),
  • From Morósna, follow the gravel road called Strada de Morósna towards Alpe Vedèrna (Signpost No. 741), until reaching the starting point, by the hut of Rifugio Vedèrna. ✓

 

WWI INSTALLATIONS OF MORÓSNA

 

  • The two main tunnels (Stóli) are illuminated, just turn the light on with the switches you find as you enter. From here you can have a fantastic lookout post. This were used as a backup place by the Italian army, to defend the territory in case that Germany could open a breach in the advanced position on the Lagorai mountains. The war was never directly fought here, but the army and some staff lived here for 2 to 3 years during the WWI.
  • Above the Stóli, worth a visit is the Osservatorio, lookout place where some cannons were placed; right 50 m behind these, you can still see the trenches used by the soldiers and a big field which was inhabited during the Great War.

 

ALPE VEDÈRNA

 

  • With the characteristic plateau called Pian Grand (tr. big plateau) at 1,330 mt of altitude, Alpe Vedèrna with its pastures has been historically the main reserve of hay for the livestock of the Primiero Valley.
  • Alpe Vederna is governed by a self-standing authority, called Consorzio Vederna. This institution is one of the few remaining examples of the Maso Chiuso law, where only the firstborn male child of each family would inherit the property, usually a small cottage and the right to use the surrounding land. This rules are surprisingly still effective nowadays and used for allocation of the small mountain huts you will see in the fields of Alpe Vederna.
  • At the edge of Pian Grand, the hut named Rifugio Vederna was built in 1970, between the farms and the church dedicated to Madonna della Neve.

 

References

 

  • Tissot, L. (1996). Dizionario Primierotto. Editore Manfrini.
  • Floriano Nicolao, La chiesetta della Madonna della Neve sul monte Vederna, Imèr-Trento, 1998, pag. 11
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