Austrian forts of Tonale Pass

Looking down on Tonale Pass

Too many months have passed since our last hike in the italian alps, so last Monday (my birthday!) we took to the mountains further north to Passo del Tonale between Lombardy and Trentino. At 6,178 feet above sea level this area is a magnet for skiers and snowboarders in winter, but visit Tonale Pass in summer and it takes on a different look with grassy expanses, alpine wildflowers, and, upon waking from hibernation, the presence of whistling marmots.

This easy walk begins at Hotel La Mirandola and takes visitors to the Austrian forts used in WW1. A full description and itinerary can be found at the link below. It is mainly flat terrain with a few gentle hills until the last stretch up a steep, rocky path to Forte Saccarana.

Austrian forts trail
Clear signs mark the way to the forts.

Alpine flora Tonale Pass
Hundreds of tiny alpine flowers add bits of color to the grassy plains.

Tonale Pass austrian forts trail Maddie on the Austrian forts trail
We met very few people along the way which made it possible for the dogs to run willy-nilly on the loose. The Westie, as always, took every single opportunity to walk into every source of water, muddy or not.

Forte Saccarana Forte Saccarana: view of La Presanella
Unfortunately the fort was not open on the day we visited, but it has a pretty impressive view across the valley from its spot at 7000 feet above sea level.

Forte Saccarana picnic

Blocked trail after Forte Saccarana Backtrack from Forte Saccarana
The hike was cut short by downed trees on the way to the 2nd fort (Mero), so we turned around and backtracked the way we came. For some reason the doxie would not budge an inch down the steep part of the trail, but the westie…she’s like, I can do this all by myself!

Ospizio San Bartolomeo
At Ospizio San Bartolomeo/Mirandola Hotel, starting point of the trail.
To The Austrian Forts Of Tonale, main page


8 thoughts on “Austrian forts of Tonale Pass

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  2. Jacques' Dog Blog

    Happy belated birthday! What a beautiful place!! I’m seeing a trend with Mr. B… First he was carried up the stairs in Belgium & now he’s being carried on the trail… Smart boy! 😉


    1. Rowena Post author

      Thank you for the bday greeting! I don’t know how we ended up with such a laid back dachshund (I thought they all were a bundle of energy), but if carry him we must, then so be it. Of course he could also be milking the situation and taking us for suckers. We’ll see what happens in Switzerland!

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    1. Rowena Post author

      We’ve been to this area several times but it was always in winter and it never occurred to us to see it when the snow is all gone. Seeing the marmot (lower lefthand corner) was a nice surprise!



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