Eventually this road joins the paved road from Monte Prat to Avasins. I couldn't remember the route so I followed the signs to Malga Cuar. This turns out to be the hiking trail CAI 815, which is steep and too rough to MTB. After awhile I came to my senses and hiked back to the road with my heavy bike. After more aimless riding I turned around and found the gravel road I was looking for, unmarked except for a Malga Cuar sign pointing in the wrong direction.
Now the sun was shining, the road was not too steep, and all was well again. Up and up it goes until it wraps around to the north slope, shady and cool. This time the cushioning is supplied by a deep layer of fallen faggio (beech) leaves, which sounded almost like crunching snow as I passed through them.
Finally the levels off some, the beech leaves give way to grassland, and a spectacular panorama opens up. To the north, east, and west mountains are everywhere, while to the south, the steep grassy slopes of Monte Cuar and Monte Flagjel filled the field of view.
It was cold and I bundled up quickly. The ride down was gorgeous and easy. No need to avoid rocks like on a road bike, just let it roll. I'll try to return next summer and hike to the summit.
|Do not turn right for Malga Cuar; construction is complete, |
you can go straight ahead on the gravel road
|View to north|
|Lago Cavazzo, Monte Festa, Monte San Simeone|
|Flagjel summit looks easy|
|Climb from river bank to |
Monte Prat-Avasins road
|Climb to near Malga Cuar|