I was short on time so I drove all the way to the start of the MTB trail, at Castello Ceconi (an excellent place to visit itself, with park-like grounds where kids can play and families can picnic). This MTB trail is an excellent workout, climbing constantly for 8 km at 10.5% average gradient, with some ramps of 18%, as it follows the contours of the steep mountain side.
As the road climbs it changes, becoming slightly looser-surfaced at first, then more and more so. I gave it my all and kept going up to around 900 meters, then I was toast, so got off and pushed awhile. Shortly afterward, I arrived at the junction with the trail for Malga Jovet. After a few minutes rest I hopped back on the bike and started climbing steeply again up to around 1200 meters. Mercifully the trail levels out here for a kilometer or so, then you arrive at gorgeous open meadows of Malga Rossa (a stone ruin). I thought about ignoring the time so I could continue to the ridge of Monte Rossa (1350 meters) which has great views from the sheer southern escarpment, but I'd given my word, so I turned around.
The ride down was fun- much faster and easier. I packed up and got home right on time. Will return this Fall maybe and check the view toward the south.
|View from trail of Val d'Arzino|
|The meadows at Malga Rossa (1260 meters)|
|Wild rhododendron in meadows|
|View of meadows toward northeast|
|Another wild rhododendron bush|
|Castello Ceconi and park-like grounds|