After 10 km or so of warming up/being lost I got onto Via Cappuccini which leads to Via Foredor where the climb proper begins. On a MTB it's easy but on a road bike the gradient will give you a good workout. After 40 switchbacks (a record for Friulian paved climbs) it ends in a gravel spot at 933 meters. Now a few more switchbacks on gravel and you reach Malga Foredor, a rustic eatery. I looked around for a trail here- no luck, so I headed briefly downhill to the steep dirt/gravel road toward Ors di Cuarnan. At first it is paved with river rocks pounded into the dirt which I was able to ride, but then it turns to very steep gravel with large concrete drainage channels. I hopped off and walked a couple hundred meters then resumed riding. Steep but doable all the way up to end of the road at 1145 meters.
Here the forest disappeared; instead pastures with cows (wearing bells) covered the cloudy hill tops. There is a very steep drop off to the south, which a windsock told me is used for launching hang gliders. I walked along the cliff edge trail and considered trying to hike to Il Redentore church on the shoulder of Monte Cuarnan. But I decided to try again on a clearer day, as the attraction there is the sea of peaks surrounding you.
So I rode back down. I turned off of Via Foredor at Via Baldo, a steep alternative when descending. Before getting into Gemona my rear brake pads wore down and I could hear them scraping the disk, so I used only the front brake on the final steep kilometers. That was fun. Will try again when sunny (possibly on snow shoes to the top this winter).
|Take Via Cappuccini, the right fork|
|From Ors di Cuarnan: Fiume Tagliamento and pianura|
|Southward Monte Faeit and Monte Campeon|
|Eastward Monte Duon|
|Monte Cuarnan 1372 meters, Il Redentore church|