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.
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.
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!