Cima Juribrutto from Malga Vallazza
Cima Juribrutto 2697 m is the second highest mountain in the Cima Bocche Group, a small chain located in the Southern part of the Western Dolomites, while Cima Bocche is the highest one. Cima Juribrutto - also named Iuribrutto - is located in the municipality of Moena on the northern border of the Paneveggio - Pale di San Martino Natural Park and right in front of the majestic Pale di San Martino group.
This mountain can be climbed all year round; in winter the ascent starting from Malga Vallazza is particularly interesting. This classic and frequently attended itinerary takes place on gentle open slopes that lead us to discover unique landscapes and panoramas. The starting point is the Malga Vallazza m 1935, located just before the Passo Valles Pass along the road from Paneveggio. From the shelter the route climbs up in the North-West direction to the Laste di Juribrutto, from here without an obligatory route and through gentle slopes it reaches the summit. The descent takes place along the ascent route.
Cima Bocche group is mainly composed of red porphyry rocks and therefore from a geo-morphological point of view it is much more similar to the nearby Catena di Lagorai to its South than the Dolomites to its North.
From Trento or Bolzano take the A22 Autobrennero and exit Egna-Ora-Neumarkt. From here we take the state road to Val di Fiemme/Fassa. Through various villages the state road reachs Predazzo, where we take the road SS50 towards Passo Rolle. Before climbing up the hairpin bends to Passo Rolle, about 2,4 km after the Forte Buso-Paneveggio dam the road branches off to the left in the direction of Passo Valles. Before traveling along this state road in winter, make sure you don't come across any sporting event of particular interest and importance, such as the Marcialonga, in order to avoid boring and long queues. After driving about 5 km. you reach a parking lot on the right in front of the building of Malga Vallazza 1935 m, a few hundred meters before Passo Valles.
Difficulty: F (mountaineering) - MS (ski-mountaineering) - E (summer hike)
Vertical gain: 750 m
Starting point: Malga Vallazza 1935 m
Descent: the descent takes place along the ascent route.
Winter ascents require snowshoes or ski. Crampons and ice-axe may be useful in case of shortage of snow and presence of ice.
Cima Iuribrutto is located within the park boundaries of the Parco Naturale Paneveggio - Pale di San Martino. The Natural Park consists of the area of the Pale di San Martino Group as well as the forest of Paneveggio and the porphyritic chain of Lagorai. It contains an area of 125 sqare km which in 1987 has been divided in three different levels of protection: 33% of the area have been declared complete protected areas, 60% are restriced areas while 7% are controlled area. For more information you can look at the Park's official website. There are no fees and no permits required.
Before traveling along the state road to Passo Valles in wintertime make sure you don't come across any sporting event of particular interest and importance, such as the Marcialonga.
Various possibility of acomodation in Val di Fiemme and Passo Valles.
This itinerary can be frequented all year long. The winter and early spring ascents requires snowshoes or ski, crampons and ice-axe with shortage of snow and ice. The best time in summer is June through October.
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