After driving to Comeglians I rode up the valley to Forni Avoltri. From there I climbed to Rifugio Tolazzi then headed up the steep concreted road. Lots of hikers on this trail today adding to the fun. The trail turns to gravel and continues climbing, alternating with concrete on the steeper parts. Soon the road veers away from the hiking trail and the surroundings begin to feel wilder. This is one of the tougher parts of the climb, unrelentingly steeply upward.
I reached Rifugio Marinelli at 2100 meters. Day hikers climb up here, eat lunch and descend. I instead followed a sign pointing east toward Timau. The trail was too rough for me to ride so I walked down the first few hundred meters (although an awesome rider was climbing up this section, ascending the numerous vertical drops I was afraid to descend). Soon it becomes rideable loose rock trail so I hopped back on.
Beautiful high-valleys with peaks above. The road winds down and eventually enters fir forest with streams and songbirds. Finally it joins the main road connecting Tolmezzo with Austria via Passo Monte Croce Carnico. I headed east to Timau then south toward Sutrio.
My car was in Comeglians so nothing to do but climb up over Ravascletto (the ski resort town for Zoncolan) and coast down, This is an easy climb but I was fried by now so it felt tough. Luckily I pulled through.
This is an awesome ride. The scenery alone is worth the effort.
|Dolomiti Sappadine in Veneto|
|Cliffs on bottom tier of Monte Coglians (at 1700 meters)|
|Pian dei Buoi from Rifugio Marinelli|
|Alpine lake, hills at Plotta|
|Rifugio Martinelli with Monte Coglians behind/above|
|Looking back up to the rifugio from bike trail below|
|Monte Coglians left (2780 m), Kellerspitzen right (2716 m)|
|Kellerspitzen, stretching east toward Passo Monte Croce Carnico|
|Looking back from near Casera Plotta|
|View through pass at Polinik in Austria|
|Passo, Pal Piccolo, Timau|
|Max grade is about 20%|