Croz dell'Altissimo is a rather easy mountain within the Brenta Dolomites. It stands out high above Lago Molveno on the eastern ranges of the Brenta. Though you can reach the summit rather easily the crowds seem to stay awy from it. This might be due to the fact that hiking maps don't show the path to the summit.
What stands out about this mountain is not it's height or the lofty paths aound it but the sights and vistas that you have from up there. On a fine day you have perfect views towards the peaks of the centra Brenta, the Lago Molveno as well as the Dolomites proper. Moreover there is a near vertical drop of roughly 1000m towards its base which makes you wish you could fly.
Summit view Croz dell'Altissimo. Central Brenta seen across Val delle Seghe.
2000m across, 1500m deep, the view into Val delle Seghe would be impressive enough. It is eclipsed, however, by the full view Brenta panorama as shown above.
Getting ThereTake the Brenner Motorway A22 to the exit Mezzolombardo/San Michele all'Adige. Get on S43 through Mezzolombardo and after Rocchetta turn left onto S421 which leads through Andalao to Molveno. Molveno is pittorequely situated at the shore of the lake that carries the same name (868m). To get to the trailhead take the telecabina (a two person standup lift) to Rifugio La Montanara.
The first stage ends at the Rifugio Pradel from where you can take the long ascent route through the Valle delle Seghe and Passo dell Clamer. If you decided on the shorter but steeper ascent via Passo dei Camosci you should take the second stage of the lift which takes you up to the Rifugio la Montanara at 1525m of altitude (the area around the refuge is very crowded but 15 min on the trail will leave you alone).
The two ascent routes can be combined to form a neat circle. For the whole trip you must calculate 6 to 8h (depending on whether you can ignore the vistas or whether you have to stop at each viewpoint to take your photos).
Climbing the big wallGabriele Roth provided me with the following information on the climbing routes of the big wall of Croz dell'Altissimo (compare the routes with the routes on the pictures):
S wall of the shoulder
- Loss-Destefani - 650m - V,VI (200b)
- Laritti-Giogno-Rainis - 650m - IV,VI, A2 (200ba)
SW pillar of the shoulder
- Stenico - 650m - V (200c)
- Armani-Fedrizzi (the finest) - 650m - V+,VI (200d)
- Oppio-Colnaghi-Guidi - 650m - V+,A2 (200e)
- Dibona-Mayer-Rizzi - 800m - IV+,V+ (200f)
S wall variants (joins to Dibona 300-400m under the summit)
- variant Fedrizzi - 400m - V+ (200fa)
- variant Steger - 350m - V+ (200fb)
- variant Detassis - 450m - IV,V+ (200fc)
SSW wall to NW summit
- Pilati-Chini - 800m - V+,A2 (200g)
- Detassis-Giordani (looks like Solleder to Civetta) - 820m - V+ (200h)
- Pianta-Mazzoleni - 850m - IV,V (200i)
Red TapeThere are no limitations. You have to remember, though, that Croz dell'Altissimo is situated in the Parco Adamallo Brenta and thus you should behave as required within any natural park. Camping is allowed only in the vicinity of the refuges but you should ask the proprietors first.
When To ClimbYou can climb Croz dell'Altissimo all year round the best season should be May through October though. Both hiking routes are open for tour skiing in winter.
There is a campground in Molveno near the lake.
You can chose among a variety of accomodations (hotels/rooms/B&B) in Molveno.
Azienda di Promozione Turistica
Piazza Marconi, 1
38018 - MOLVENO (TN)
Tel: 0461 586924
At the base of Croz dell'Altissimo you find the Rifugio Croz dell'Altissimo:
Tel.: 0368 989242
Open: 01 July – 30 September
Weather ConditionsWeather and avalanche conditions in Trentino: www.meteotrentino.it
Maps 'n' BooksMaps
An excellent map is:
- Gruppo di Brenta
Kompass Map WK 688
Alpenvereinskarte No. 51
Kompass Hiking Guide 957
Dr. G. Wagner
- Vie Ferrate
Klettersteige Dolomiten / Via Ferrata Dolomites
Dolomiti di Brenta (Italian)
- Map of the Brenta taken from DAVlifeAlpin
Map taken from the german Alpenverein
- Brenta maps from kompass.at
Two Maps from the Kompass company, scaled 1:30000 and 1:50000 respectively