The hike across the Resciesa (Raschötz) alpine plateau to Rifugio Brogles and over the Pana Scharte (Furcela Pana) to Seceda is a spectacular introduction to hiking in Puez Odle (Puez Geisler) Nature Park. You’ll start this day hike in Ortisei in Val Gardena, ascending via the Resciesa Funicular. And, you’ll either end this hike by descending to Ortisei via the Seceda-Furnes-Ortisei cableways, or by descending to Selva via the Col Raiser gondola. This is easily one of the best hikes from Ortisei because you get to see the Geisler (Odle) peaks from multiple angles and visit one of the most charming rifugios in Val di Funes.
Also, this is an exciting way to experience the Seceda Ridgeline. Instead of taking the Seceda-Furnes-Ortisei cableways up to Seceda (from Ortisei) as described in this post, you’ll approach the ridge from the other side: Val di Funes. It’s a more challenging hike, but also a more interesting ascent route.
Update: The trail from Malga Brogles to Seceda via Pana Scharte is closed due to a rockfall. The trail will be closed for the remaining 2020 season. You can still hike this route via Furcela De Mesdi (Mittagsscharte), but it’s longer and more difficult.
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Resciesa – Rifugio Brogles – Seceda Trail Overview
We’ve outlined three options for the Resciesa – Brogles – Seceda hike. If you’re staying in Ortisei, go with option #1. If you’re staying in Selva or Santa Cristina, then go with option #2. Option #3 is what we did – a longer and more difficult route, though not necessarily a more beautiful one. So, based on our experience, we’d recommend options 1 and 2.
Option #1 | Resciesa Funicular Mountain Station – Rifugio Brogles – Furcela Pana (Pana Scharte) – Seceda Ridge – Seceda-Funes Cableway Mountain Station
- Distance: 8 km
- Difficulty: Moderate/Difficult
- Highest Point: Seceda (2518 m)
- Elevation Gain / Loss: 626 m ascending / 258 m descending
- Time Needed: 3 hours
- Trails: 35, 6, 1
Option #2 | Resciesa Funicular Mountain Station – Rifugio Brogles – Furcela Pana (Pana Scharte) – Seceda – Col Raiser Gondola Mountain Station
- Distance: 11.4 km
- Difficulty: Moderate/Difficult
- Highest Point: Seceda (2518 m)
- Elevation Gain / Loss: 626 m ascending / 666 m descending
- Time Needed: 4.5 hours
- Trails: 35, 6, 1, 2
Option #3 | Resciesa Funicular Mountain Station – Rifugio Brogles – Mittagsscharte – (Seceda) – Col Raiser Gondola Mountain Station (what we did)
- Distance: 13.3 km (without Seceda); 17.4 km (with Seceda)
- Difficulty: Difficult
- Highest Point: Mittagsscharte, Furcela de Mesdi (2597 m)
- Elevation Gain / Loss: 833 meters ascending / 844 meters descending (without Seceda, heading directly from Mittagsscharte to Col Raiser)
- Time Needed: 6 hours
- Trails: 35, 29, 13, 4
Recommended Hiking Gear for Rescisca to Seceda Day Hike
We recommend wearing a sturdy pair of hiking boots, preferably grade B/C like the women’s Hanwag Tatra II GTX / Meindl Schuhe Island Lady (what Kati and I wear) or the men’s Hanwag Tatra II GTX. Hiking poles are very helpful as well for this hike: women’s hiking poles, men’s hiking poles.
Other hiking essentials: a reusable water bottle, polarized sunglasses, rain jacket, sunhat, and camera. We love our Sony Alpha A6000 mirrorless digital camera. It’s lightweight, easy to hike with, and captures landscapes beautifully.
When to Hike from Resciesa to Seceda
You can hike from Resciesa plateau to Seceda ridgeline from early June until mid-October, weather permitting. Because this hike requires cablecar and funicular ascents and descents, time your visit accordingly.
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Resciesa Funicular Railway
- Summer Schedule: Late May until mid-October. In the Summer 2020 season, the funicular will be operating from May 16th until October 11th.
- Hours of Operation: 8:30 am / 9 am until 4 – 6 pm, depending on the month.
- Price: 14.50 EUR one-way
- Resciesa Funicular Address: 14 Via Resciesa Ortisei Val Gardena
- Resciesa Funicular Website
The Ortisei – Furnes cableway / Furnes – Seceda cable car
- Summer Schedule: May 29 – October 11, 2020
- Hours of Operation: 8:30 am until 5:30 pm
- Price: 25 EUR one-way down for adults / 12.50 EUR one-way down for juniors
- Seceda Cableway Valley Station Address: Val d’Anna str. 2 Ortisei Val Gardena
- Seceda Cableway Website
Col Raiser Cable Car
- Summer Schedule: May 30 – October 11, 2020
- Hours of Operation: 8:30 am until 5 – 5:30 pm, depending on the month
- Price: 14.50 EUR one-way for adults / 10 EUR one-way for juniors
- Col Raiser Valley Station Address: Str. Raiser 65 39048 Selva Val Gardena
- Col Raiser Cable Car Website
Getting to the Trailhead
For anyone who slept through the first section of this guide, this hike begins at the Resciesa Funicular top station. The Resciesa Funicular (Funicolare Resciesa) valley station is in Ortisei in Val Gardena.
Funicolare Resciesa Address: 14 Via Resciesa Ortisei Val Gardena
Resciesa – Rifugio Malga Brogles – Seceda Day Hike
Trail 35 | Resciesa Funicular Top Station to Rifugio Brogles
From the Resciesa Funicular (Standseilbahn Raschötz, Funicolare Resciesa) summit station follow signs for Rifugio Malga Brogles (Brogles Hütte), signed 1 hour 20 minutes. In the morning, Sassolungo (Langkofel) prominently rises above all else, emerging from a sea of clouds.
You’ll cross the Resciesa Alp on a panoramic path in the direction of Val di Funes (Villnösstal). This path unfolds beautifully as you near the prominent Geisler Peaks (Odle). There are no significant ascents or descents.
Rifugio Brogles sits amidst an enclosed alm full of grazing cows. This is an ideal location for lunch. Service is on the slower side, but with those views, who cares.
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Trail 6 | Rifugio Brogles to Forcella di Pana
From Brogles Hütte, trail 6 cuts right (and up) and leads steeply to Forcella di Pana (Furcela Pana, Panascharte). This is the trail you should take to get to the Seceda Ridgeline. It takes 1 hour 20 minutes to hike from Brogles Hütte to Panascharte.
We continued on trail 35 and then onto 29 to Furcela De Mesdi (Mittagsscharte), which again is an option, but we recommend taking trail 6 to Forcella di Pana (Furcela Pana, Panascharte). It’s shorter, easier, and more direct. It probably only makes sense to hike to Mittagsscharte if you’re planning on doing the Sass Rigais via ferrata.
Another Fantastic Day Hike: Hike to Rifugio Stevia in Val Gardena
Trails 6 and 1 | Furcela Pana (Pana-Scharte) to Seceda
When you ascend to Forcella di Pana, you’re on the Seceda ridgeline. Head right, in the direction of the Seceda cableway mountain station. This perspective of the Geisler (Odle) peaks is the most famous and has been captured millions of times. And yet, it never gets old. Enjoy!
Trail 2 | Seceda to Col Raiser Mountain Station
Some of you will head down to Ortisei via the Seceda cableways. For those continuing to Col Raiser gondola mountain station, follow trail 2 for 3.1 km (370 m descending). The descent is gentle as you wind through beautiful pastureland, taking in the views of mighty Sassolungo and Sella.
Where to Stay in Val Gardena
Hotel Rodella in Selva di Val Gardena
Hotel Rodella is a mid-range accommodation option in Selva. You can actually walk to the Col Raiser valley station from the hotel, which is really convenient. Furthermore, the hotel views of the valley (Val Gardena), Sella, and Langkofel are outstanding.
Dorthotel Beludei in Santa Cristina, Val Gardena
Dorfhotel Beludei is a 4-star hotel in Santa Cristina. When I say this is the best place to eat in Val Gardena, I mean this is THE BEST PLACE TO EAT IN VAL GARDENA. This exceptional hotel pampered us with its wellness area, visionary cuisine, professional staff, and spacious rooms.
Best Hotels in Ortisei
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.
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