From Casera Palantina I joined CAI 993 headed south. I wanted to see if I could reach Valle Friz by bike. The answer is No: you can hike it, but a bike is merely a 15 kg albatross around your neck. Most of the time you can roll it over the rocks but in many instances you end up carrying it, in a few cases up very steep rough trail. I was beginning to have my doubts, but I decided to keep trying. At Antro delle Lamate you reach an area of caves. I didn't explore them but I've seen some interior photos and they seem pretty big. I believe they were used as human shelter in millennia past.
Finally I got on CAI 984 which was headed for Valle Friz. Still too boulder-strewn to ride but there were a few stretches of grass I was able to coast for a few meters. Around a bend I spotted Casera Valle Friz and the road to Candaglia. This was great fun after the long push/carry, especially the glorious dirt road from Candaglia to La Crosetta. I drove home and conked out from the exertion. Next time I will try hiking from Valle Friz to Casera Palantina and back. Maybe into Antro delle Lamate?
|Start of trail 923; like the bambi-esque fawn|
|Here you turn right off of 923 onto T 7|
|Casera Palantina with Cima delle Vacche|
Palantina with Cimon di Cavallo
|Join CAI 993 here|
|The karst strewn slopes|
|Bees' eye-view of the flowers|
|View northwest of Lago di Santa Croce|
|View west of Il Cansiglio|
|Antro delle Lamate cave|
|Close up of cave opening|
|Another cave nearby|
|CAI 984, the trail to Valle Friz|
|Excelsior! Casera Valle Friz and the road to Candaglia!|