From here I headed up toward Passo San Boldo, but instead turned left on a forested mountain road to Malga Montegal (900 meters). Beautiful pastures here, surrounded by tall firs. I decided I would try a trail starting near Malga Canal del Gat. Pavement ends as you cross the electric fence and head up a narrow gravel forest road to Casera Frascon (1140 meters). Fun climb.
From here you can see over the ridge, across the plains stretching to Venezia (today was hazy so the laguna was only a silvery shimmer). A lady came down from Casera Frascon and hiked toward Pian delle Femene. This was good because my map wasn't helping. So I went the same way she did, a narrow single track on the steep slope, pounded into a trench by the weight of horse hooves. I pushed the bike on most of it because my pedals kept hitting the raised sides of the trail. I descended to Pian delle Femene where you could take the paved road to Revine Lago, or the dirt road to Valmorel as I did. This is a wide, smooth dirt and concrete road so you can go pretty fast. I missed a turn at Casera Rosset: instead of going to Malga Montegal I ended up in Melere at 840 meters. No problem- I quickly arrived in nearby Valmorel. From here I descended to the Piave River via a different route. First up steeply to 883 meters then down a wonderful smooth, wide, winding road through Valpiana to Giaon. The car was parked nearby and I headed home. Next time maybe I'll try the road bike from Limana to end of pavement at Montegal. Many possible variations in this zone.
|Tassei near Torrente Cicogne|
|Start of the trail from Malga Canal del Gat to Frascon|
|Malga Canal del Gat from trail|
|Malga Montegal from trail|
|Belluno peaks seen from Frascon pond|
|Hills to northwest|
|To northeast the roof of Casera Frascon is visible over the hill|
|Looking down at the hills west of Vittorio Veneto: prosecco country|
|The horse trail to Pian delle Femene from Frascon|
|Hazy Monte Pizzoc on right, Col Visentin with antennas, center left|
|Looking down Canal del Limana toward Belluno|
|Monument to Women of the Resistance (WW II)|
|Asini in paddock at Pian delle Femene|
|From 883 meters before the descent to Giaon|