Monte Zevola 1976 m
Monte Zevola is a massive mountain located in the southern sector of the Piccole Dolomiti. It's the highest peak of the Catena delle Tre Croci, which Northern limit and point of contact with the largest Carega Group is the Passo Tre Croci, erroneously called Passo della Lora. Monte Zevola is a massive mountain, imposing especially on the side of Recoaro (North) where it projects a steep rock wall crossed by two "vaj", the Vajo Battisti and the Vaio dell'Acqua. The "vaj" are steep gullies, characteristic of the Piccole Dolomiti, that in winter are filled with snow because of the considerable snowfall of the group and offer interesting ice-climbs.
Monte Zevola is mainly frequented along the two Normal Routes starting from Rifugio Battisti alla Gazza and during the winter climbing the two vaj Battisti or dell'Acqua. It also is climbed starting from the Veronese side of the Val Fraselle. The summit of the mountain is known to be very scenic, in addition to the close groups of Carega and Pasubio, the view sweeps over the Dolomites, Monte Baldo and Adamello group.
The starting point to climbing both the two Normal Routes on the side of Recoaro (Vicenza) and the winter climbs to the vaj is the Rifugio Battisti alla Gazza.
From Vicenza drive on the state road 246 Valdagno - Recoaro, in Recoaro follow the direction to Località Gazza, taking the road entering Valle Agno di Lora up to the Trattoria Obante, then to the Refuge Battisti where the road ends. Park the car 200 meters
before the hut where there is a large parking lot. Be aware that in winter when the road is covered with snow you can drive till the
Trattoria Obante, beyond it the road is closed.
Monte Zevola Normal route via Passo Tre Croci
Summit quote: 1976 m Difficulty: E Difference in level: 700 m from Rifugio Battisti Exposition: mainly South-East, the final ascent to the summit is facing NW Time required: 4 hours round trip Starting point: Rifugio Battisti
From the parking lot soon you reach the Rifugio Cesare Battisti 1265 m. On the right of the refuge it starts the path 110 to Passo Tre Croci. Between darf pines ("mughi" in italian) and gravels descending from Monte Plische and Monte Tre Croci, this trail climbs with a regular slope and several hairpin bends to the Tre Croci Pass 1716 m (signposts on the pass).
When you get here, turn sharply to the left and at first slightly uphill then orizontally follow the path cutting the grassy slopes that descend from Monte Tre Croci. Arrived at the Passo Zevola 1820 m you ignore the main path that goes straight and on traces turn to left on a trail that climbs up the steep grassy slope and leads up to the cross, where is located the summit book. This point is not the real summit of Monte Zevola, but a fore-summit.
Continuing slightly to the left along the easy and evident grassy ridge you reach the true summit (pole) within 5 minutes.
Descent: reversing the same route
No permits required, no fees. During the winter months (with snow) the road to the refuge is open only up to the Trattoria Obante.
All round year
The hut is located at an altitude of 1265 m in the municipality of Recoaro Terme in the Piccole Dolomiti group. It is located at the foot of the Carega massif, under the Passo Tre Croci on the grassy plateau called La Gazza, at the base of the scree that descend from the Passo delle Tre Croci. It is owned by the CAI section of Valdagno. It has 34 beds and is open from June to September. The rest of the year only on holidays and pre-holidays.
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