Monte Serodoli is rising in the north-eastern part of Presanella group. The summit itself is not a top mountaineering goal, because altitudes from Presanella till it are lowering, but together with the well known »Giro dei Cinque Laghi«, with the altitude of still 2708 m and due to a very fine panorama, Monte Serodoli represents one of the most rewarding hiking goals above Madonna di Campiglio. And more - in winter and spring Monte Serodoli offers one of the best ski tours in the whole Trentino - Alto Adige area.
The broader massif is made of the Oligocene tonalites (named by the nearby Passo Tonale) and sometimes diorites, but the narrow area of Monte Serodoli is made of the Oligocene granites and granodiorites. No wonder that in the neighbouring valleys many picturesque lakes can be found. Stopping by them is a pleasure on every hike. With the saw-like kulisse of Brenta in the background, these lakes offer many picturesque scenes.
Summit PanoramaFrom the summit of Monte Serodoli we have a very beautiful view on the high east face of Cima Presanella. Equally fine, but much different is the view on the other side, on the wild, dolomitic towers of Brenta group. Towards the north, above the nearby ridges also the glacier peaks of Ortler goup can be seen.
Getting ThereEven if marked paths are reaching the summit also from the north and south (both approaches are very long) almost the only recommended trailhead is on the east - Madonna di Campiglio. On the northern part of the town we deter on the mountain road which goes towards Ritorto alpine meadow. From this road several marked trails go towards the west (se the embedded map). So, your trailhead will depend only of the plan, how you want to do the famous »Giro dei Cinque Laghi«. In any case I recommend a round tour, for example done clockwise. An exception might be a ski tour where returning by the ascent route would be recommended.
Giro dei Cinque Laghi
General. A pleasant one day hike over a granite highlands, passing several cute lakes and accompanied by nice views in distance. Gear: good shoes and poles. By the Swiss alpine scale the overall difficulty rating would be T2. (The grading system for hiking and scrambling routes is here.)
1. Effort: From cca 1350 m on 2708 m, a few times we lose some altitude to descend to lakes. Altogether some 7-8 hours for the whole round tour.
2. Power: 2 - easy.
3. Psyche: 2 - easy.
4. Orientation: 2 - easy.
Description. It is best to leave the car in Val Nambino, somewhere by the creek of the same name. Then we continue some time by the road southwards, but before it goes below the cable car we deter from it to the right, on the path No. 252. Just to the Pancugolo hut we don't need to go. By ski slopes we gain the ridge above the Lake Ritorto, 2055 m, and if we wish, we can descend to its shore.
The marked path continues below the flat ridge towards the NW, and then goes over it in a more northern direction, reaching on the other side Lake Lambin, 2350 m. This is a smaller one but just above it we already see the SE slopes of Monte Serodoli. Above the northern shore we continue passing the lake and then when it ends, deter right up, following the path No. 270. It is quite easy, in less than an hour we overcome also the last rocks and reach the top. A wonderful view opens on all sides.
Around Monte Serodoli there is of course more than only five lakes. From the summit we were able to count 14 of them.
Mountain HutsTo ascend Monte Serodoli and to do the »Giro dei Cinque Laghi« tour we don't need to sleep in mountain huts. Still, as the area around Madonna di Campiglio is touristically very developed, nearby you can find many mountain huts. In the vicinity of our tour these are:
- Rif. Pancugolo, 2123 m,
- Rif. Lago nambino, 1770 m,
- Rif. Agostini, 2085 m.