Seceda Hike in Val Gardena, Dolomites
The 8.9 km loop hike from the mountain summit station Seceda to the mountain hut Regensburger Hütte (Rifugio Firenze) is a gorgeous and surprisingly easy day hike in the Puez Odle Nature Park (Naturpark Puez-Geisler). The hike begins with a cableway ascent to Seceda mountain station from the town St. Ulrich (Ortisei) in Val Gardena. At the mountain summit, there’s a magnificent view of the dagger-like Fermeda peaks and Gran Odla. But, the beauty doesn’t stop there.
In this post, we’re going to tell you how to get to Seceda, where to hike, and where to stay in St. Ulrich (Ortisei).
How Difficult is this Seceda Hike?
We’ve received a few messages from readers that this hike was harder than they expected.
If you’re in good physical condition and you hike regularly in the mountains (at higher elevations), this hike is easy. It actually doesn’t get easier than this from a technical perspective. If you don’t hike regularly in alpine environments, this hike may be more difficult for you, because of elevation gain/loss.
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How to Get to Seceda, Val Gardena
To reach the mountain station Seceda, you need to go to the town of St. Ulrich (Ortisei) in Val Gardena.
To begin this hike, take the Ortisei-Furnes-Seceda Aerial Cableways from St. Ulrich (Ortisei) to the mountain station Seceda, elevation 2,453 meters. If you’re arriving by car, you can park in the parking garage near the station, which costs 8 EUR/day.
When you purchase your cableway ticket, you’ll be asked whether you want to go to Furnes (middle station) or Seceda (top station). Purchase a round-trip ticket (34 EUR/person) to Seceda. At Furnes, you’ll disembark a gondola and walk a few meters to embark on the Furnes-Seceda cableway to Seceda top station.
Seceda summer cableway schedule: June 13, 2020 – October 11, 2020: daily from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm.
Seceda cableway Address: Str. Val d’Anna, 2, Ortisei
Hiking to Seceda in mid/late October
For those that hope to reach Seceda in mid to late October when the cableway is closed, you could park at the Col Raiser gondola station parking lot in Selva, Val Gardena. Col Raiser Address: Str. Raiser 65, 39048 Selva Val Gardena.
From the parking lot, it’s a 6 km hike (950 m ascent) to the Seceda ridgeline. That will likely take you around 3.5 hours one-way. Follow trail 1, 1a, and 2.
Visiting Seceda in Summer 2020
The Ortisei – Furnes cableway and the Furnes – Seceda cable car will operate from June 13, until October 11, 2020: 8:30 am until 5:30 pm. More information here.
Seceda to Regensburger Hütte Trail Map
Distance: 8.9 km
Minimum Elevation: 2033 m
Maximum Elevation: 2519 m
Total climb: 575 m
Total descent: 575 m
Trail Name/Numbers: 1, 2B, 13B, 13, 1
Nature Park: Puez Odle Nature Park
Italian Province: South Tyrol
Starting Point: Seceda Mountain Station
Ending Point: Seceda Mountain Station
Points of Interest: Geisler Peaks, Regensburger Hütte
Parking: There’s a parking area close to the cableway/gondola station in St. Ulrich (Ortisei)
Hiking Time: 3 hours
Seceda Hike Step by Step
After arriving at the Seceda summit station, head towards the beautiful Fermeda peaks (Pitla Fermeda, Grana Fermeda, Gran Odla) along trail no. 1. It’s an easy flat trail. When we began our hike in the late morning, we could only see part of the peaks, because of the lingering fog. By the time we finished the hike, the fog had cleared, revealing the rocky belly of the slanted pinnacles.
After about 25 minutes, you’ll see several trail signs. Take trail no. 2B in the direction of Regensburgerhütte (Rifugio Firenze). It takes 50 minutes to get to the mountain hut.
But first, the hike cuts through Pieralongia. Marked by twin spires, this striking landscape is mind-blowing. Here, you’ll find a rustic mountain hut situated among dolomite boulders, which serves light snacks and refreshments.
Next, the trail winds across Cisles Alm (Alpe di Cisles), a meadow with stunning views of the Geisler (Odle) Group and uncountable peaks. After you’ve passed Rifugio Pieralongia turn right at an intersection to switch to trail no. 13B / 13. It will lead you directly to Rifugio Firenze.
The destination, Regensburger Hütte (Rifugio Firenze), is more than just a place for lunch. It’s an oasis with panoramic views of the Geisler (Odle) peaks, Muntejela and Mont de Stevia. During the summer, the rifugio is surrounded by grazing horses and cows.
Regensburger Hütte (Rifugio Firenze) also accommodates overnight hikers. If you’re interested in staying the night, we recommend booking in advance. Here’s the hut’s contact information: Fam. Perathoner 39047 St. Christina – Tel: +39 0471 796307 [email protected]
After lunch, take trail no. 1 back to Seceda. The return trip should take about 1.5 hours.
Where to Stay in Ortisei, Val Gardena
Since the cableway to Seceda is located in St. Ulrich (Ortisei), the best base for hiking to Seceda is the town of St. Ulrich (Ortisei) in the Val Gardena Dolomites.
Budget | Appartmenthotel Residence Elvis is a fully-equipped apartment 1 km from Ortisei, which you can book for one night.
Mid-Range | Chalet Hotel Hartmann (Adults Only) is an excellent hotel featuring cozy alpine interiors, a delicious breakfast buffet (included in rate), and a spa area (bio-sauna, a Turkish bath, and a solarium).
Luxury | Charmehotel Uhrerhof – Deur (2-Nights Minimum) occupies a peaceful location high above the valley. It’s a 10-minute drive from the hotel to the town center of Ortisei, but the pay off is a respite and incredible mountain views. Breakfast and dinner included.
If you can’t find accommodation in St. Ulrich, you can also stay in Santa Cristina or Selva di Val Gardena, which are two other towns in Val Gardena. If you stay in Santa Cristina or Selva, you can also take the Col Raiser cable car up, and start the hike from there.
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