Shortly afterward, the pavement ends and the road turns to gravel, barely rideable on skinny road bike tires. I made it to the pastures at Casera Casavento and locked my bike to a trail signpost. I put on my sneakers and headed up the trail toward Forcella Clautana. I've been wanting to go up there ever since an Italian mountain biker, Ermione, told me you could cross the pass and descend to Lago Ca' Selva. The trail is called Strada degli Alpini, built by Italian mountain soldiers during World War I. Great trail, with plenty of long switchbacks to ease the gradient. I wouldn't be able to ride a mountain bike up it though. I think there are some rideable stretches on the descent, saw a video of it that looked fantastic. Anyway I made it to 1118 meters, the top of the waterfall that plummets 200 meters down to the dinosaur footprint fossil the schoolkids had hiked to see. I had run out of time and wouldn't make it to Forcella Clautana today. Maybe I'll bring the dogs and we'll hike it soon.
|Casera Casavento from Strada degli Alpini trailhead|
|Young bull with bell at Casavento- this is the color of the local cows,|
though there are also Herefords and Holsteins here nowadays
|Looking down from Strada degli Alpini at Casavento pastures|
|Wild Genziana along the trail|
|Looking back up the valley toward Forcella Clautana|