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Col da la Pieres
Mountain/Rock

Col da la Pieres

 
Col da la Pieres

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: Südtirol / Alto Adige, Italy, Europe

Lat/Lon: 46.58628°N / 11.78390°E

Object Title: Col da la Pieres

Activities: Hiking, Skiing

Season: Summer, Fall, Winter

Elevation: 9026 ft / 2751 m

 

Page By: Gangolf Haub

Created/Edited: Jul 15, 2012 / Jul 15, 2012

Object ID: 800409

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Overview

 
Col da la Pieres
Col da la Pieres seen during the descent from Piz Duleda

At 2751m Col da la Pieres is the highest mountain of the Stevia subgroup of the Puez - Geisler Group. It pales in comparison to the mountains of its surroundings, yet its solitary location and huge bulk make it visible from almost all points of the Puez - Geisler Group. It stands out above the entry of beautiful Langental / Vallunga looking like a sentinel guarding the entry.
 
Col da la Pieres
 
 
Col da la Pieres
 
 
Col del Pieres seen from...
 

Being solitary makes for good views from its summit, mainly towards the Geisler Group up north but also towards the Sella and Langkofel Groups in the south as well as Rosengarten and Schlern to the south-west. By chance the summit of Col da la Pieres aligns perfectly with Peitlerkofel and Forcella de la Roa so that the mountain can be seen through the saddle.


Sella Group
Sella Group
Langkofel Group
Langkofel Group
Rosengarten
Rosengarten
Cima d Asta above the Vallaccia Cirque
Vallaccia and Cima d'Asta
Peitlerkofel seen through Forcella de la Roa
Peitlerkofel
Sas Rigais
Sas Rigais
Pizes de Puez
Pizes de Puez
Furchetta behind Torkofel
Furchetta
Fermeda Towers
Fermeda Towers

Col da la Pieres is a broad backed mountain with rather steep slopes all around, culminating in the west and north faces, which at the same time are where the ascent trails are located. The summit ridge is shaped like an L with the short end in the south-west on the cross summit (2729m) and the long end in the east on the eas summit (2747m). The main summit in between reaches 2751m. Unfurtunately - due to this topology - there is no 360° panorama but rather single smaller panoramas on these three highpoints.
 
Col da la Pieres
 
 
Col da la Pieres
 
 
Col de la Pieres
 

Like its northern neighbour, Piz Duleda, Col da la Pieres makes its appearance in any of the ferrata guidebooks of the area. There are protected sections on the path through the mountain's west face as well as around Forcella Forces de Sieles, the saddle in which the north face descent ends. Together with a short protected section between Forcella de la Roa and Sella Nivea you can connect the two mountains in a long day loop hike. The ferrata parts are very easy so it is rather the scenery which grabs your attention.

Northern Panorama from the main summit

Geisler Group and Puez northern summits from Col de la Pieres

Getting There

Langkofel and Col da la Pieres
Langkofel (left) and Col da la Pieres (right) guarding the entry to Langental

Trailhead for Col da la Pieres is Wolkenstein / Selva di Val Gardena. Several routes start here or in the hamlet Daunei above Wolkenstein.
  • Take the Brenner Motorway A22 to the exit of Waidbruck / Ponte Gardena.
  • Turn onto S242 east to Wolkenstein / Selva di Val Gardena.

Red Tape

Col da la Pieres is located within the Natural Park Puez - Geisler, which has been created in 1977 and contains an area of 10,703ha. Within park boundaries any building activities are prohibited. Flowers, berries, mushrooms, minerals have to be left in their environment. Camping is prohibited and cars have to be parked in the official lots.

For further information on the park, take a look at the official website (German and Italian).

Accommodation

Accommodation is easy to find in the Gröden / Val Gardena Area. In July / August you'll need reservations, since the area can be quite crowded.

The closest campground I know is at Seis, about 20 minutes by car from the trailhead:

Weather Conditions



Maps & Books

Books


  • Alpenvereinsführer Dolomiten: Puez / Peitlerkofel
    E.E. Striebitz
    Rother Verlag
    ISBN: 3 7633 1307 9
  • Vie Ferrate
    • Klettersteige Dolomiten
      H. Höfler, P. Werner
      Rother Verlag
      ISBN: 3 7633 3096 8
    • Hülslers Klettersteigführer
      E.E.Hülsler
      Bruckmann Verlag
      ISBN: 3 7654 4161 9
  • Hiking and Trecking

    • Dolomiten 1
      F. Hauleitner
      Rother Verlag
      ISBN: 3 7633 4248 6

    Maps


    • Gröden - Seiser Alm / Val Gardena - Alpe di Siusi
      Kompass Map WK 076
      1:25000
      ISBN: 978-3850265164
    • Bressanone/Brixen - Val di Funes/Villnösstal
      Tabacco Map 30
      1:25000
      ISBN: 978-8883150302
    • Val Gardena - Alpe di Siusi/Gröden - Seiseralm
      Tabacco Map 30
      1:25000
      ISBN: 978-8883150050

    Images