The hike across the Resciesa/Raschötz alpine plateau to Brogleshütte/Rifugio Brogles and over the Forcella Pana/Pana Scharte or Furcela de Mesdi/Mittagsscharte to Seceda is a spectacular introduction to hiking in Puez-Odle Nature Park in the Italian Dolomites.

You’ll start this day hike in Ortisei in Val Gardena, ascending to Resciesa plateau 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 di Val Gardena via the Col Raiser gondola.

This is easily one of the best hikes from Ortisei because you get to see the Odle/Geisler peaks from multiple angles and visit one of the most charming huts 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 it’s 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 2021 season. You can still hike this route via Furcela De Mesdi (Mittagsscharte), but it’s longer. 


Resciesa – Rifugio Malga Brogles – Seceda Day Hike

Seceda to Col Raiser, Val Gardena, South Tyrol Hike
Seceda to Col Raiser

We’ve outlined four options for this 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.

If the Forcella Pana/Furcela Pana/Panascharte wind gap is closed, or you simply want a longer and more challenging hike, consider options 3 and 4. These are more difficult trails, because they traverse the Furcela de Mesdi/Mittagsscharte. We did Option 4.


Furcela Pana Trail Options – CLOSED

1. Resciesa to Seceda


  • Route: Resciesa Funicular Mountain Station – Rifugio Brogles – Furcela Pana – Seceda – Seceda Cableway Mountain Station
  • Starting Point: Ortisei
  • Trailhead: Resciesa Mountain Station
  • Destination: Seceda Mountain Station
  • Distance: 8 km
  • Difficulty: Moderately Difficult 
  • Highest Point: Seceda (2518 m)
  • Elevation Gain: 626 m ascending
  • Elevation Loss: 258 m descending 
  • Time Needed: 3 hours 
  • Trails: 35, 6, 1

2. Resciesa to Col Raiser


  • Route: Resciesa Funicular Mountain Station – Rifugio Brogles – Furcela Pana  – Seceda – Col Raiser Gondola Mountain Station
  • Starting Point: Ortisei
  • Trailhead: Resciesa Mountain Station
  • Destination: Col Raiser Gondola Mountain Station
  • Distance: 11.4 km
  • Difficulty: Moderately Difficult 
  • Highest Point: Seceda (2518 m)
  • Elevation Gain: 626 m ascending
  • Elevation Loss: 666 m descending 
  • Time Needed: 4:30 hours 
  • Trails: 35, 6, 1, 2

Furcela de Mesdi Trail Options

3. Resciesa to Seceda


  • Route: Resciesa Funicular Mountain Station – Rifugio Brogles – Furcela de Mesdi –  Malga Pieralongia – Seceda – Seceda Mountain Station
  • Starting Point: Ortisei
  • Trailhead: Resciesa Mountain Station
  • Destination: Seceda Mountain Station
  • Distance: 14.3 km
  • Difficulty: Difficult 
  • Highest Point: Furcela de Mesdi/Mittagsscharte (2597 m)
  • Elevation Gain: 908 meters ascending
  • Elevation Loss: 915 meters descending
  • Time Needed: 5 hours
  • Trails: 35, 29, 2B, 1, 6

4. Resciesa to Col Raiser


  • Route: Resciesa Funicular Mountain Station – Rifugio Brogles – Furcela de Mesdi – Col Raiser Gondola Mountain Station
  • Starting Point: Ortisei
  • Trailhead: Resciesa Mountain Station
  • Destination: Col Raiser Mountain Station
  • Distance: 13.3 km 
  • Difficulty: Difficult 
  • Highest Point: Furcela de Mesdi/Mittagsscharte (2597 m)
  • Elevation Gain: 833 meters ascending
  • Elevation Loss: 844 meters descending 
  • Time Needed: 5 hours 
  • Trails: 35, 29, 13, 4 

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Resciesa to Seceda Hiking Map


When to Hike from Resciesa to Seceda

Val di Funes, Italy, Dolomites

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. 


Resciesa Funicular Railway

  • Summer Schedule: Late May until mid-October.
  • Hours of Operation: Operating times vary by month. Find out exact times on the Resciesa Funicular Website.
  • Price: 15 EUR one-way
  • Resciesa Funicular Address: 14 Via Resciesa Ortisei Val Gardena

The Ortisei – Furnes – Seceda Cableways

  • Summer Schedule: Late May until mid-October. Find out exact dates on the Seceda Cableway Website.
  • 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

Col Raiser Cable Car

  • Summer Schedule: Late May until mid-October. Find out exact dates on the Col Raiser Cable Car Website.
  • 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


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

Also Read: Best Hikes in Val Gardena


Resciesa – Rifugio Malga Brogles – Seceda Trail Description


Resciesa Funicular Top Station to Rifugio Brogles

Langkofel from Resciesa Alp, Ortisei Day Hike, Val Gardena, Dolomites
View of Langkofel (Sassolungo) from Resciesa

From the Resciesa Funicular (Standseilbahn Raschötz, Funicolare Resciesa) mountain station follow signs to 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. There are no significant ascents or descents.

Rifugio Brogles is located on an alpine pasture, surrounded by grazing cows. This is an ideal location for lunch. Service is on the slower side, but with those views, who cares.


Rifugio Brogles to Forcella di Pana (Trail Options 1 & 2) – CLOSED

Rifugio Brogles / Brogles Hütte, Val Di Funes Hike, Dolomites
Rifugio Brogles (Brogles Hütte)

From Brogles Hütte, trail 6 bears right and steeply ascends to Forcella di Pana (Furcela Pana in Ladin, Panascharte in German).

This is the fastest way to the Seceda Ridgeline. This ascent requires surefootedness and confidence hiking up scree and gravel. Part of this serpentine trail is secured with cables and steps. It takes 1 hour 20 minutes to hike from Brogles Hütte to Panascharte.


Rifugio Brogles to Furcela de Mesdi (Trail Options 3 & 4)

Mittagsscharte - Val di Funes to Val Gardena Hike, Dolomites

We continued on trail 35 along the Adolf Munkel Trail for 2 kilometers.

After about 30 minutes, we turned right onto trail 29 and ascended to Furcela De Mesdi/Mittagsscharte. It’s a tough 710-meter ascent to the notch, followed by a 280-meter descent. 

After descending from the notch, continue right and either follow signs to Col Raiser, or to Pieralongia and Seceda.

Descent from Mittagsscharte, Odle Peaks, Dolomites

Furcela Pana to Seceda

Resciesa - Rifugio Brogles - Seceda Day Hike, Val Gardena, Dolomites

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 Fermeda peaks is breathtaking. Though it has been captured millions of times, it never gets old. Enjoy!


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.

Seceda to Col Raiser Hike, Val Gardena, Dolomites
Descent to Col Raiser

Where to Stay in Val Gardena

We recommend staying in Ortisei,  Selva di Val Gardena, or in Santa Cristina for this hike. Here are some great hotel options in Val Gardena.


Ortisei

Midrange | Hotel Garni Walter is a top-rated, family-run accommodation in Ortisei. Guests love the generous breakfast buffet, the views, the location, and the overall cleanliness. It’s a 5-minute walk to the Ortisei village center. 

Budget | B&B Lavi Ortisei val Gardena is a clean and comfortable bed and breakfast managed by a very friendly host. The B&B is situated outside of the town center, though within walking distance (~15 minutes). 

Midrange | Casa al Sole is a newly renovated bed and breakfast in the center of Ortisei, only a short walk from the Seceda cableway and the Resciesa funicular. Highlights of staying here include the modern minimal interiors, comfortable bedrooms, warm hospitality, and delicious and plentiful breakfast. At Casa al Sole, Alexandra and Manuel host with great care and enthusiasm, and are always available to offer advice and help make dinner reservations.

Midrange | Chalet Hotel Hartmann is a charming adults-only hotel featuring tastefully furnished alpine interiors, a delicious breakfast buffet, a complimentary afternoon snack, and a spa area (bio-sauna, steam bath and solarium). This is an ideal accommodation for couples and anyone traveling without children. It’s a 20-minute walk to reach the town center.

Luxury | Perched high above Ortisei, the newly-renovated La Cort My Dollhouse – Adults Only hotel offers 26 stylish rooms, a rooftop spa and pool, and fabulous views. Given its location, we only recommend staying here if you’re traveling by car. La Cort is a great choice for travelers who want more flexibility during their visit (no rigid eating times, etc..). Breakfast (7:30 am – 11 am) and Linner (4 pm – 7 pm) are included in the rate. 

Luxury Apartments | Gran Tubla offers two-bedroom apartments with fully-equipped kitchens and sweeping views of Val Gardena. Guests also have access to a heated indoor-outdoor pool, sauna, and garden. Breakfast can be delivered to your room upon request. 

Luxury | Hotel Angelo Engel is situated directly in the village center of Ortisei, walking distance to the Ortisei-Furnes-Seceda cableway. We loved the central location, the courteous staff, the wellness and sauna area, and our spacious room.


Selva di Val Gardena

Luxury | The charming Hotel Rodella occupies a peaceful location above Selva di Val Gardena. From the hotel garden, terrace, and outdoor pool, guests can enjoy life-affirming views of Sassolungo/Langkofel Group and the Sella Group, towering above Selva. The spa area is brand new and absolutely stunning. Hotel Rodella is only a 10-minute walk to the Col Raiser gondola valley station.

Look for accommodation in Selva di Val Gardena.


Santa Cristina

Budget | Smart Hotel Saslong is a no-frills hotel in Santa Cristina featuring modern, minimalist interiors decorated in local wood. Guests have access to a self-service bar, free parking (indoor and outdoor), and on-site restaurant serving local cuisine. This is a perfect place to stay if you’re traveling with friends. Book breakfast!

Midrange | Charme Hotel Uridl is a family-run hotel set in a mountain chalet dating back to the 17th century. Stay here for the cozy and quaint atmosphere and delicious breakfast buffets and dinners. 

Luxury | Dorfhotel Beludei is the finest hotel in Santa Cristina. With inspiring mountain views, gorgeous alpine-style rooms, hiking trails right on the doorstep, and a chef that puts ingenious and creative riffs on regional cuisine, this darling hotel is quite the Dolomites dream. Breakfast, an afternoon snack, and dinner are included in the rate. When I say this is the best place to stay and eat in Val Gardena, I mean this is THE BEST PLACE TO STAY AND EAT IN VAL GARDENA. Learn more: Best Hotels in the Dolomites.

Look for accommodation in Santa Cristina.

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