After Lago Misurina the first steep segment takes up you to Lago d'Antorno, then you coast down to the toll booth (€24 per car) and there the real climb starts. I stood on everything 12% and above: almost made it from Palus San Marco to the end of the climb without stopping, but I ran out of gas on the long steep stretch of 16-17% shown below. After a break I went on up to Rifugio Auronzo where pavement ends at 2320 meters.
I locked the bike to a flag pole and started hiking. Last time up here in 2011 I vowed to come back and hike around to the other side of the Tre Cime. So I installed my SPD pedals on the Viner road bike, rode up in my Pearl Izumi X Alp bike/hike shoes and hiked around to the back. The scenery was well worth the effort. I was short on time so didn't do the full circle around the Cime, but that gives me a reason to come back again. I won't wait 3 years next time.
|On the left, the gradient that done me in|
|View east toward Lago d'Auronzo|
|The Cime from the east (on trail to Rifugio Laveredo)|
|From a bit further east|
|Mountains to southeast|
|Mountains to northeast|
|More formations to northeast|
|Panorama from Forcella Lavaredo|
|Close-up from trail I returned on (close to base of Cime)|
|If you look closely climbers are up there|
|Panorama to south with Lago Misurina|