Roßzogel / Monte Cavallo

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Roßzogel / Monte Cavallo
Created On: Mar 1, 2011
Last Edited On: Mar 1, 2011


Roßzogel / Monte CavalloThe Roßzogel summit plateau with the Villgraten and Rieserferner Groups behind

Roßzogel, sometimes also Roßkogel or in Italian Monte Cavallo is the westernmost mountain of the Riepenspitze Group, a subgroup of the Villgraten Group in the southern Hohe Tauern. It is located above Pustertal / Val Pusteria and is the cornerstone mountain, where Gsieser Tal / Valle di Casies joins the broader Valley. Actually a lower ridge of tree covered mountains separates Roßzogel / Monte Cavallo from Pustertal / Val Pusteria but it is of little geographic importance (though historically it is interesting since an old Roman highway traverses its ridge).

Roßzogel / Monte Cavallo is a long stretched mountain with a barely pronounced summit, which is set back from both aforementioned valleys. At 2163m it barely passes the timberline and the summit area looks like a wide meadow, which in fact it is, at least in the summer months when you can find herds of cattle grazing up there. From the summit a ridge turns eastward, connecting it with Golfen / Monte Calvo and Hochhorn / Corno Alto. There the ridge connects with the Riepenspitze Group main ridge, which runs north to south but bends eastward in this point.
Haunold / Rocca dei Barranci
Carnic Alps Main Ridge
Dreischusterspitze / Punta dei  Tre Scarperi

Roßzogel / Monte Cavallo is part of Toblacher Höhenweg, a two day hiking / trekking trail, which traverses the complete south of the southern Riepenspitze Group. The ridge traverse ascends twelve summits and is wonderfully panoramic. The sole place of accommodation is Pfannhornhütte / Rifugio Corno Fana to the south of Toblacher Pfannhorn. The first five summits can be climbed during a long day tour, for which you have to account some 1800m elevation difference.

Roßzogel / Monte Cavallo itsef is the lowest of teh summits on Toblacher Höhenweg and thus offers only modest views. Still thanks to the fact that the Sexten / Sesto Dolomites tower south of Pustertal / Val Pusteria and the Rieserferner Group is located across Gsieser Tal / Valle di Casies the mountain is also an interesting destination in itself. In winter it is often climbed as a ski or snowshoe destination, though most of the times only as a stage during the Hochhorn / Corno Alto climb.

360° Summit Panorama

360° summit panorama as seen from Roßzogel / Monte Cavallo

Getting There

Sexten DolomitesThe Sexten / Sesto Dolomites seen from Roßzogel / Monte Cavallo

The best starting points for an ascent of Roßzogel / Monte Cavallo are at Toblach / Dobbiaco in its south-east or Gsies / Gasies to its west.

From the West (Brenner Motorway A22)
  • Leave the Brenner Motorway near Brixen / Bressanone and follow SS49 to the east through Pustertal / Val Pusteria.
  • For the Gsies / Casies trailhead switch to SP46 at Welsberg / Monguelfo
  • For the Toblach / Dobbiaco trailhead drive to the town, then turn northwards onto SP67 for Silverstertal Valley / Valle San Silvestro
  • Park your car at the bridge across Silvesterbach Creek
From the North There are two possible roads:
  • From Kitzbühel
    • Take B108 through the Felbertauern Tunnel to Lienz
    • Then southeast to Oberdrauburg (B110)
    • Turn on to B100 west into Pustertal.
    • Go through the city of Lienz until you get to Toblach / Dobbiaco.
    • SP67 into Silvestertal.
    • For the Gsies / Casies trailhead switch to SP46 at Welsberg / Monguelfo
  • From Salzburg
    • Take motorway A10 to Spittal.
    • Turn west on B100 to Oberdrauburg, Lienz, Sillian and Toblach / Dobbiaco or Gsies / Casies.

Red Tape

No red tape here. However, remember that you are in the border region between two countries. Carrying an ID is not a bad idea.


Weather Conditions

Rieserferner Group seen from Roßzogel / Monte Cavallo

Maps & Books


  • Sextener Dolomiten / Dolomiti di Sesto
    Kompass Map WK58
    Kompass Verlag
    ISBN: 3-87051-065-X
  • Bruneck - Toblach / Brunico - Dobbiaco
    Kompass Map WK57
    Kompass Verlag
    ISBN: 3-85491-064-9


  • Osttirol Süd / Tirolo Orientale Sud
    W. Mair
    Rother Verlag
    ISBN: 3-7633-4132-3
    ISBN: 3-7633-4307-5 (Italian)
  • Pustertal
    E. Hülsler, M. Kostner
    Kompass Verlag
    ISBN: 978-3-85026-015-2
  • Rother-Skifuehrer "Pustertal"
    Rudolf and Sigrun Weiss
    Rother Verlag, 2004

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