Wolayer Pass from Sentiero Spinotti
BouquetSentiero Spinotti is a nice protected path, which masters the exposed passages of the western side of Hohe Warte / Monte Coglians and then joins the normal southern approach on this majestic mountain. It starts some 100 m below Wolayer Pass (on the southern side) and ends at Rif. Marinelli.
The value of this path lies in the following key points:
1. As an option for summiting Hohe Warte / Monte Coglians.
But this is a good option only for those, who are trekking along the main crest of Carnic Alps in the west-east direction (so, not returning back to Wolayer See). To all others, who go only on the summit and down, Sentiero Spinotti is less convenient. If coming from the south, it goes much around, if coming from the Austrian side, you must use it also for the return.
2. As a descent option.
The two marked routes over the northern wall are both very demanding, so Sentiero Spinotti is an almost exclusive option to get back on the Austrian side, after climbing one of them. It can be used also in combination with the normal south ascent (from Rif. Marinelli), when encircling the whole mountain group - for example from Ploecken Pass / Passo di Monte Croce Carnico.
3. As the connection between the two huts by Wolayer See and the Marinelli hut.
A typical tour, done by the visitors from the Italian side, who don't attempt summiting Hohe Warte / Monte Coglians, is: Rif. Tolazzi - Sentiero dei Cramars - Wolayer See - Sentiero Spinotti - Rif. Marinelli - Rif. Tolazzi.
Crossing the western face of Costone Stella is a medium hard hiking path. On many places the path is quite exposed and requires a constant additional attention. However the path is well beaten and the most difficult passages are well protected (by steel cables and in the entry chimney by a solid ladder). So, the path can be considered as a combination of easy ferrata sections and a hike of medium difficulty, which would be on the Swiss Scale graded T4/T3 (on the Italian scale it's EE - for experienced hikers). Once coming around the Costone Stella, the path until Rif. Marinelli is easier (T2).
The path is all the time well marked (No. 145). When in the broad south ravine of Hohe Warte / Monte Coglians (Valle del Ploto), from this path other marked paths deter left up, towards the summits. Depending on your intentions either use them for summiting, or continue by Sentiero Spinotti till the Marinelli hut. See the GPX track in the header!
Sentiero Spinotti is quite exposed and so not appropriate for hikers who suffer from vertigo.
When moving across the western face of Costone Stella, there is a considerable danger of rock fall. Also other people on the path can trigger lose rocks. In early summer, some route sections can still be covered by steep snow fields.
Summer and autumn months, normally from July till October (or first snow).
Good shoes, poles and eventually a helmet. For less experienced a ferrata set.
See the main page of Hohe Warte / Monte Coglians how to get to Wolayer See, or Rif. Lambertenghi Romanin, 1955 m.
2780 m (if ascending Hohe Warte / Monte Coglians) or 2200 m (Costone Stella) and then 2122 m - Rif. Marinelli.
Altitude to overcome:
Ca 950 m (if ascending Hohe Warte / Monte Coglians), otherwise 300 m (only Sentiero Spinotto).
Time for ascent:
3 h 30 min (if ascending Hohe Warte / Monte Coglians), otherwise from Rif. Lambertenghi Romanin to Rif. Marinelli good 1 h 30 min.
Sentiero Spinotti goes over this face
The upper part of the crossing
From the Wolayer pass
or Rif. Lambertenghi Romanin
you descend towards the south till 1881 m
, where you deter left, on the path No. 145
, which crosses the slopes. After a short descent (to 1841 m
), the path starts ascending again and soon you are below the entry chimney
. A good, solid ladder helps you up through it, then you continue up by a quite exposed, secured ridge. Above, the path continues by partly secured bands
, gaining the altitude in switchbacks. The path always chooses the best natural passages, sometimes you are moving by the more open face
, then you aproach more the corner below the west walls
. Finally the path gains the distinct side ridge, 2080 m
, on which nice views open also on the other side, down on Rif. Tolazzi.
The main ascent of Sentiero Spinotti is however not finished yet. The path crosses the slopes
again, enters a shallow valley and again ascends close to the west walls of Costone Stella. There a few wooden steps help you over a place, which is in winter swept by avalanches. Finally the path crosses comfortably right and up, on the beautiful, grassy balcony, where Costone Stella
ends. We are on 2200 m
The continuation goes by a broad terrace
around Costone Stella towards the east
. The path is easy, but also loses some 30 m of altitude. When entering Valle del Ploto
, the normal ascent path deters left. For Marinelli hut we continue eastwards and then soon towards the southeast, staying on the same altitude. A comfortable path crosses the western slopes of Piz Chiadin
and so reaches the hut
The ascent on Hohe Warte / Monte Coglians
is described on the page of the Normal South Route
. If deterring from Sentiero Spinotti, you simply continue by Valle del Ploto up
. The path is well marked, at first not at all difficult, but quite steep and due to soft scree slopes
unpleasant. Soon from the right the upper path from Rif. Marinelli joins, then the direction turns a bit into the northwest direction. In the upper part of the valley, the path climbs over a rocky barrier
, almost reaches the notch 2556 m, between the summit of Coston di Stella, 2607 m, and the main summit, but below it turns right and ascends the scree slopes almost till below the notch in the main ridge. There it turns left
to climb the last 120 m
of summit rocks. The route is marked, but not protected and requires some easy climbing up to UIAA I degree.
Rushing - where to?
Below the summit