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.
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.
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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
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