Sasso di Sesto/Sextner Stein is pretty much a backyard rock of the refuge Rifugio Locatelli/Dreizinnenhütte.
It is located slightly northeast of the well known Dolomite postcard, namely the Three Lavaredo tops. Once visitors, especially first time visitors, somehow manage to detach their eyes from the Tre cime di Lavaredo/Drei Zinnen walls, next step is to ascend something and enjoy better views with less crowd around. This is where Sasso di Sesto comes handy. Unmarked (at a time of visit), yet clearly visible path circumvents it's southeast flank leading to the small col where one may make a decision, either go up right and up the ferrata routes of Torre Toblin, or less demanding ascend of Sasso di Sesto.The later, with 50 minutes of time required and 101 metres/331 feets of altitude difference from Forcella di Toblìn/Toblinger scharte, it is arguably the easiest ascend in the Lavaredo rim of climbing routes.
Once at the top, you'll notice three things;
- excellent panorama views,
- fact that it is a standalone rock (from some angles Sasso di Sesto does appear glued together with Torre Toblin),
- sad remains of the World War I. Sasso di Sesto/Sextner Stein was an Italian army outpost,
nearby Torre Toblin joined the Austrian army and completed his service as an observation point for the Austrian artillery.
It is a bit odd in it's own way to visit the whole area decades later as
a tourist. But tourists are always welcomed,
and properly charged.
- By car from the north, over the Brenner/Brennero pass down the
main road for Bolzano/Bozen, exit Bressanone/Brixen and drive for Brunico/Bruneck.
From Brunico/Brunneck continue direction Dobbiaco/Toblach via Vilabassa/Niederdorf,
from Dobbiaco/Toblach via Val di Landro/Hohleinsteintal road
no. 51., pass the Durrensee lake, take off at Schluderbach
and follow road 48b till the Misurina lake. From Misurina lake, we have
two options, less scenic, quicker and more expensive is to drive all
the way to the Auronzo hut parking lot (road toll).
More scenic and time consuming is to leave the car at the lake. At the eastern side of the Misurina lake, pass the Misurina camping site and follow the walking path for Rifugio Lago d'Antorno hut located on the left bank of the Lago d' Antorno lake. From here, round two and half hours of footwork takes us to the Forcella Longeres and the Auronzo hut parking lot. Path is marked no. 117 and it is a part of the Sentiero Bonacossa trail.
From the South, drive for Cortina d' Ampezzo, at Cortina fork right and take road no. 48, at next junction leave 48
and fork left for 48b and further till the Misurina lake.
From the East, classic gateway via Lienz in Austrian Carinthia, at Innichen/S.Candido fork left for Sexten/Sesto (7 km from Innichen), via Moos in Piano Fiscalino/Fischleintal . Park at the Dolomitenhof hotel at the end of the Fiscalino/Fischleintal valley, walk pass the Capanna Fondovalle Fiscalina/Talschlusshütte hut, at the marked path junction, follow no.102 via Valle Sasso Vecchio/Altensteintal on the right side of the creek. This is shortest option,
from Dolomitenhof till Locatelli hut takes just under 3 hours. Longer option is to fork left at aforementioned path junction and follow marked path no. 101 for Refuge Zsigmondy-Còmici (2 and half hours from the Dolomitenhof)
and further over the Passo Fiscalino/Obernbacher Joch pass till Refuge Pian di Cengia / Büllelejoch Hütte . From the refuge furter westbound above the sweet blue Laghi dei Piani/Bödenseen lakes. Once you see the lakes, that means only 15 minutes of walk till the Locatelli hut. Pian di Cengia hut - Locatelli hut, just over 60 minutes.
Going back to the Dolomitenhof parking and your car, of course you can use much shorter path no. 102 described few lines above.
Panorama view from the summit
panorama view from Sasso di Sesto/Sextner Stein photographer: Victor Stuffer
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Single Hut and Hut-to-Hut
As said, Sasso di Sesto/Sextner Stein is pretty much a backyard ascend
of the Rifugio Locatelli/Dreizinnenhütte
located at the Forcella di Toblìn/Toblinger Scharte pass.
Hut fixed phone +39 0474/972002 email:firstname.lastname@example.org
140 beds, 6 bunks in winter room
Going there just because of Sasso di Sesto is not quite likely, so here are some further options:
Possible hut-to-hut traverse from the Rifugio Locatelli/Dreizinnenhütte:
Rifugio Auronzo/Auronzohütte - Rifugio Lavaredo/Lavaredohütte
This is the well known and frequently undertaken hike looping around the ubiquous 3 Lavaredo tops (Tre Cime di Lavaredo/Drei Zinnen). From the Locatelli hut fork right (westbound) and follow the marked path no.105. Lavaredo tops are on your left, youll soon reach small Col Forcelina with 2 or 3 cute little lakes, pass the lakes, path slightly ascends to the small green plateau offering last "postcard" type view of the Lavaredo tops. Now, we are gradually descending and winding leftbound enjoying nice views of the Cristallo massif and the Cadini peaks. At the Forcella del Col de Mezzo, we are now almost parallel with the westenrmost of the Lavaredo tops. Easy stroll takes us down to the Auronzo hut.
The first 90 minutes of our loop-round hike have just gone by. From the Auronzo hut, continue due east pass the memorial chapel Capella degli Alpini and follow marked path no.101. Now, you are forced again to stare at the walls of the Lavaredo tops (on your left), however, one has an enjoyable option of the right side views, particulary of the Cadini peaks and Marmarole. Pass the rocky Prati di Lavaredo and this is about it. One may finish looping by hitting the accross the scree trail for Forcella Lavaredo/Paternsattel and back to the Locatelli hut (total time 3 and half hours, roughly)
If you plan to give a try to other peaks by starting from the Locatelli hut, here is small list of options
for the whole province of Bolzano:
Tabacco 010 Dolomiti di Sesto/Sextener Dolomiten 1:25000
freytag & berndt WKS 10 Sextener Dolomiten-Cortina d'Ampezzo 1:50000
Sextner Dolomiten nature park
Emergency mountain rescue, dial 118
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